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by Shane Stokes
October 31, 2014
The setup behind next year’s incarnation of the current Specialized lululemon team continues to take shape, with Cervélo announced Thursday as taking over from the American company as bike supplier.
The riders will use the new S5 aero road frame, the R5 road frame and the P5 Time trial frame in 2015, aiming to win its fourth consecutive world team time trial title with the latter.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Cervélo going forward,” stated Kristy Scrymgeour, owner of the team. “Cervélo has been a big supporter of women’s cycling at the top level for many years with the Cervélo Test Team and we’re looking forward to continuing that tradition.
“Cervélo makes a fantastic bike and the riders are very excited about the new S5 aero frame. Of course it feels great knowing that we have a super fast time trial bike for the team time trial event which has become a big team favourite.”
The team evolved out of the former HTC Highroad setup. It has been backed by Specialized and lululemon for the past three seasons, but Scrymgeour confirmed several weeks ago that arrangement would not continue.
The team will be partially crowd-funded, but is also expected to have title backers.
She told CyclingTips Thursday that Cervélo would not be a title sponsor of the team, with that position yet to be announced. The team roster will also be confirmed in the coming weeks.
At this point in time, it is working under the title of Velocio Sports, the name of the holding company.
According to Robert Reijers, managing director at Cervélo, the bike manufacturer is excited to re-enter the women’s circuit with the team. “Velocio Sports is one of the most consistent, high-performing teams on the circuit, with an undefeated track record on the team time trial world championships and the world champion individual time trial on the roster”.
“We believe that the combination of these powerful riders and our industry leading aero products will bring new levels of performance to women`s cycling. Through closely cooperating with women riders of this calibre, we will generate new learning which will allow us to better cater to all female riders in the future.”
The company will also supply bikes to MTN Qhubeka’s men’s team in 2015. It was a partner of the Garmin-Sharp team for several years but next season that squad will be working with Cannondale.