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Movistar confirm split with Pinarello

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
September 26, 2013, 0:13 BST,
Updated:
September 26, 2013, 1:28 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Movistar team heads onto the stage

The Movistar team heads onto the stage

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Spanish team yet to confirm bike supplier for 2014

Movistar team boss Eusebio Unzué has confirmed that his team will not ride Pinarello bikes in 2014. The move brings to an end roughly 30 years of collaboration between the giants of the Italian bicycle manufacturing and the Spanish team.

Rumours of a split had been circulating for some time but earlier this week a Pinarello spokesperson told Cyclingnews that a deal was still being negotiated.

However any contract negotiations appear to be over. Speaking to Cyclingnews on Wednesday Unzue said, "We aren't continuing with them. We've got various different offers on the table and we will make an official position for which sponsor we're with next Sunday."

Pinarello announced last month that they had signed a contract extension with the British outfit, Team Sky. The Italian company has sponsored professional teams since the 1960s, including Telekom, Fassa Bortolo, and Unzué's teams.
 

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