Cannondales Synapse was the frame of choice for many of the riders of Team Liquigas at this weekends Tour of Flanders, including Filippo Pozzato and eventual podium-fi nisher, Luca Paolini.


The frame offers a number of features which make it well suited for the cobbled classics, the most physically demanding races of the calendar, both for the riders and their equipment.


High modulus carbon unibody construction results in a strong and lightweight frame while the optimized tube shapes of the S.A.V.E. chainstays and fork blades, and Triaxial Hourglass seatstays provide the vibration reduction that is crucial for these demanding races.


S.A.V.E. (Synapse Active Vibration Elimination) is a Cannondale-exclusive technology. The carbon fi ber chainstays and fork blades have been strategically molded into a unique, tapered shape. When combined with varying wall thicknesses, fi ber layers and fi ber angles, it creates enough flex to dampen road vibration.


The Synapses Triaxial Hourglass Seatstays provide a tuned ride through the strategic curving of the seatstays.


In addition, when compared to the System Six that Team Liquigas has powered to victory many times this season, the Synapse has a 5 mm longer wheelbase which aids in tracking over the cobbled roads.


Team Liquigas riders Manuel Quinziato and Roberto Petito have chosen the Synapse as their primary race bike for the 2007 season. Their feedback was positive and resulted in the teams choosing the Synapse for their Northern campaign. Petito states: For longer races and the cobbles, its perfect. The Synapse is comfortable, but still very competitive. Quinziato, who was seen on the attack
charging up the Cipressa at Milan-San Remo, echoes his teammates sentiment: The Synapse really impresses with its comfort and light weight, and the integrated crank keeps it responsive under power.


Paolini crashed mid race on Sunday, damaging his derailleur and forcing a change of bikes back to his System Six, which he then piloted to a fi ne third-place fi nish. Pozzato was in the front group as well and even put in a strong attack with just 12 km to go, but was pulled back just as the main
group shattered into pieces, leaving Paolini to bridge up to the remnants of the chasers and outsprint them for the fi nal podium spot.


For Sundays Paris-Roubaix, look for Team Liquigas riders at the front of the peloton. They will have two hyper-competitive products to choose from, the System Six and the all-carbon Synapse, as they seek to win the toughest race on the calendar.