Team CSC announced Thursday morning that internet company Masterseek signed a contract to be a cosponsor starting with the 2007 Tour de France. The Masterseek name will be displayed on the team's apparel for the first time this Saturday, when the Tour starts in London with the 7.9-kilometre prologue.
The team recently lost cosponsor MAN but with the addition of Masterseek and Computer Sciences Corporation's (CSC) commitment to continue sponsoring the team is set to remain as a force in cycling. Masterseek's contract runs to the end of this year but the team hopes to talk to company later this year concerning a longer collaboration.
"We are very happy to sponsor the most prestigious and professional cycling team in the world. The team has some well-defined values, which we share and which reflect a professional, modern company. In our dialogue with the team we have been met with a passion and respect for what it takes to be the best in the world and that ties up perfectly with our own ambitions in our particular area of business," announced Masterseek President and CEO Robert P. Perz. Masterseek is a global business-to-business search engine.
"In Masterseek we have found an exciting and dedicated new sponsor and we are excited to start the Tour with this new partner on board. Over the next three weeks our team has to show our fans and sponsors, what we do best, and I am very proud and happy that we can do this with a new cosponsor. I look forward to working with Masterseek," said Bjarne Riis in a press release.