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July 24, 2014
Following on from this week’s announcement that the Cervélo bicycle company will partner with the MTN Quebeka team next year, taking over from Trek, the company has confirmed to CyclingTips that it will end its four season association with Slipstream Sports, the management company behind the current Garmin-Sharp team.
“Cervélo and Slipstream have agreed that Cervélo will not exercise its renewal option with the team for 2015,” stated Rick Vosper, the company’s marketing director.
While any continuation of the arrangement would have seen the company work with more than one team, such an agreement seen at times within professional cycling.
Specialized, for example, partners with WorldTour teams Astana, Tinkoff-Saxo and Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Trek currently works with Trek Factory Racing and MTN Qhubeka.
The non-renewal with Garmin-Sharp clears the way for another company to provide bikes to the team. This development follows on from reports in recent weeks that the team will merge with the current Cannondale setup, although neither team has yet confirmed that this is indeed the case.
Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters told reporters earlier this month that Garmin would not continue as title sponsor. Asked about the Cannondale rumours, he said that he wouldn’t comment on arrangements for next year until they were concluded and in place.
However CyclingTips has been told by an industry source this week that Cannondale will indeed partner with Slipstream in 2015. The full details of that arrangement will emerge over time.
As for Cervélo, it is moving in a new direction. Its co-founder Gerard Vroomen told CyclingTips that he is looing forward to working with a team once again, having been part of the Cervélo Test Team setup in the past.
“I will be a board member of the team and be responsible to create the fan experience with a goal to promote [charity and co sponsor] Qhubeka as much as possible.”