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by Shane Stokes
November 18, 2014
Having strengthened its roster and heightened its ambitions for next season, the Bigla Pro Cycling Team has announced that it will join forces with Cervélo in 2015, using the company’s R, S and P series frames.
The company will take over from BMC as technical sponsor and, according to Thomas Campana, the team hopes that this collaboration will help the riders to make progress in terms of performance.
“One of our objectives is to see how close we can get to the best team time trial teams in the world. The P5 will definitely help us in this regard as we know Cervélo is famous for innovative aerodynamics,” he said.
“I’ve had a long standing relationship with the company and we’re looking forward to taking it forward as we look to grow the sport.”
The team has already announced several signings for next season, including Annemiek van Vleuten, Shelley Olds, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Iris Slappendel, Sharon Laws, Joëlle Numainville and Doris Schweizer. Vera Koedooder and Lotta Lepistö will remain on board. More sponsor and athlete signings will be announced soon.
Cervélo’s managing director Robert Reijers said the company was proud with the agreement. “When we evaluate sponsorship opportunities, we carefully evaluate both the quality of the rider roster and the team management alike,” he stated.
“In the past, Thomas has helped catapult Cervélo TestTeam to a dominant position in women’s cycling. We expect Bigla Pro Cycling Team, with a strengthened, truly international rider roster to become a strong force in women`s cycling in 2015 and beyond. This announcement underlines our commitment to women pro-cycling in parallel to our presence in pro-triathlon.”
Bigla Pro Cycling Team for 2015 (partial roster)
Annemiek van Vleuten