- Article published:
- August 28, 2008, 0:00 BST
- Laura Weislo with additional reporting by James Huang
By Laura Weislo with additional reporting by James Huang Rumors of a new Cervélo professional...
By Laura Weislo with additional reporting by James Huang
Rumors of a new Cervélo professional cycling team have been confirmed, at least in part, by a formal announcement by the Canadian bicycle manufacturer on Thursday. The Cervélo TestTeam represents a co-operation between bike industry leaders Cervélo, Zipp, Speedplay, Vittoria and 3T, all of which have previously sponsored the CSC team, who will use the squad as a proving ground for product development.
Contrary to previous rumours, the team will not be led by Christian Henn, and will not be taking over much of the soon to be defunct Gerolsteiner team. Cervélo co-founder Gerard Vroomen told Cyclingnews. "We will not take over half of the Gerolsteiner team as had been rumored and Christian Henn is not [being] considered for a position."
The team will seek a Professional Continental license, but Vroomen said that the team will not be judged only on results. "Currently pro cyclists are judged only by their racing results, which places a lot of pressure on them to perform," he said in a statement. "Race performance is only one component of Cervélo TestTeam. Our riders will also be involved in field-testing and providing technical feedback. In addition they will participate in activities with our customers, making them more accessible to cycling fans."
Vroomen clarified that the team will be seeking to perform at the top level of the sport. "We are certainly going for top results, and the roster will reflect that," he told Cyclingnews. "But it will not be the only thing the riders will be judged by, that is the difference."
The statement confirmed that the new Cervélo TestTeam will be managed by Cycling United Racing in Switzerland, the same company which runs the women's professional squad...