Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 2, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Tour de France; Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms; Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started; Cummings calls for British Cycling coach removal after Olympic snub; Female Trans America endurance racer out to break cycle of prejudice; Orica-AIS signs young talent for rest of 2016; Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer; Sven Nys opens cycling center; The art of the wheel: Remembering Donald Trump’s unconventional foray into American cycling; “Beyond The Race” – Pursuing the Tour de France: The Dream of Adam Yates; Tour de France 2016: Meet the teams; 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup; Peter Sagan “introduces” his team for the Tour de France; Greeting riders at the end of a Tour stage in 1927

Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer

by CyclingTips

Shimano Europe is acquiring Belgian helmet maker Lazer, expanding its offerings in non-mechanical cycling accessories.


The transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, but the deal is expected to close in the second half of 2016. Shimano already makes clothing and footwear and owns Pearl Izumi, so a helmet brand is a natural progression.

“When we made the decision to expand our portfolio we were looking to invest in a strong and successful global brand that resonated well with consumers. We’re very pleased to say that in Lazer we found the perfect match,” said Marc Van Rooij, President of Shimano Europe.

“We have become big fans of Lazer products and what Lazer has achieved. This exciting acquisition allows us to strengthen our position in key markets across the world and benefit from the technological expertise Lazer has built up in its helmet division. We look forward to working with our new Lazer colleagues in the near future.”

Founded in 1919 and based in Antwerp, Lazer claims it is the world’s oldest bicycle helmet maker, starting by making leather hair nets.

Click through to read more at Shimano Europe.