13 Jun, 2016

Steve Cummings Claims Final Stage Win!

UFO Ceramic chain. Image courtesy of Cycling News.
Image courtesy of Cycling News.
Image courtesy of Cycling News.
Image courtesy of Cycling News.
Hand Made and Hand Finished chin for the British Rider. Image courtesy of Cycling News.

Steve Cummings of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put in and incredible individual effort on Sunday in the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. Steve had been circling his prey all week and on Sunday he finally swooped down and snatched it away!

This was Steve’s third stage victory of the year! He formed part of a breakaway that went out after about 35 kilometres. Steve then went on to break solo with 50 kilometres to go, finishing ahead of the Groupe Maillot Jaune by nearly four minutes.

Before the stage on Sunday, Cycling News spotted a special “hand-finished” chain on Steve’s bike. The chain, supplied by CeramicSpeed, is dubbed the ‘UFO’ – Ultra-Fast Optimized – chain in the cycling industry! It certainly lived up to its name during the stage.

The ultrafast racing chains are carefully selected from high-quality manufacturers and finished by hand in Denmark. The chains are completely taken apart, stripped, rebuilt and hand finished with a synthetic treatment to reduce friction and a power saving of a claimed 3-5 watts.

The single-use chains are designed and manufactured exclusively for a single, high performance race day. Not suitable for wet or muddy conditions due to a lack of corrosion protection, the chain has an optimal life span of around 320km. The UFO treatment was also used to coat the Shimano Dura-Ace cassette and ROTOR noQ rings (53-38), which extends the life span of the treatment slightly.

At €119 per chain, even WorldTour teams will be using the chains sparingly. However, with the stage win under their belt, Team Dimension Data and Cummings alike will be elated with the result.

Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

Editorial Assistant |