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Cyclingnews' team bike world tour

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Cristiano De Rosa alongside a new fleet

Cristiano De Rosa alongside a new fleet (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Cristiano De Rosa checks measurements

Cristiano De Rosa checks measurements (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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William Hebing shows T-Mobile's new

William Hebing shows T-Mobile's new (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Side view of T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant

Side view of T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL

Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Discovery Channel's new graphic

Discovery Channel's new graphic (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Trek's Mark Andrews drills a drain hole

Trek's Mark Andrews drills a drain hole (Image credit: Tim Maloney)
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Cristiano De Rosa alongside a new fleet of King X-Light frames for Pro Continental team Aqua & Sapone.

Cristiano De Rosa alongside a new fleet of King X-Light frames for Pro Continental team Aqua & Sapone. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Cristiano De Rosa checks measurements on Andre Sosenka's frame prototype; the world hour record holder from the Czech Republic is among the tallest riders in the pro peloton.

Cristiano De Rosa checks measurements on Andre Sosenka's frame prototype; the world hour record holder from the Czech Republic is among the tallest riders in the pro peloton. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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William Hebing shows T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant TCR Advanced team bike.

William Hebing shows T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant TCR Advanced team bike. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Side view of T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant TCR Advanced team bike.

Side view of T-Mobile's new 2006 Giant TCR Advanced team bike. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Discovery Channel's '06 non-production Trek with s.p.a tuneable active rear suspension for Paris-Roubaix and other cobbled classics.

Discovery Channel's '06 non-production Trek with s.p.a tuneable active rear suspension for Paris-Roubaix and other cobbled classics. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Rack O' Rigs: A raft of Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL frames in prep phase, prior to team delivery for their first training camp in Solvang, California.

Rack O' Rigs: A raft of Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL frames in prep phase, prior to team delivery for their first training camp in Solvang, California. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Discovery Channel's new graphic for '06 on Trek Madone SL downtube.

Discovery Channel's new graphic for '06 on Trek Madone SL downtube. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)
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Trek's Mark Andrews drills a drain hole in Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL frame.

Trek's Mark Andrews drills a drain hole in Discovery Channel's '06 Trek Madone SL frame. (Image credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com)

Tech feature - January 9, 2006

De Rosa, Giant and Trek get ready for season 2006

As the Christmas holidays fade and the 2006 racing season looms, bicycle sponsors like De Rosa, Giant and Trek are working feverishly to get the new bikes ready. In many cases, one new training bike has already been sent to each rider after turning in their old bike before the end of last year.

De Rosa

Just north of Milano, Italy in Cusano Milanino, Cicli De Rosa was focused on finishing up the first batch of bikes for the Pro Continental team Acqua & Sapone. Cristiano De Rosa greeted Cyclingnews with his usual big smile and cheer when we showed up recently to see what the brand with a heart was up to for '06.

"These are the King X-Light frames we are finishing for Aqua & Sapone. Our friend Giancarlo Ferretti will run the team in 2006 and we think it will be a strong squad, with a good chance to race the Giro d'Italia," De Rosa explained to Cyclingnews.

He also described the challenge of building a a frame for A&S rider Andre Sosenka, the enormous Czech pro who set a new world hour record last year. "For Sosenka, we had to build a special aluminium frame before making a King X-Light for him to make sure we got the custom size and frame angles just right."

On a bittersweet note, as we passed a rack of unpainted King X-Light frames while touring De Rosa's compact workshop, we saw masking tape marked with names like O'Grady and White that were intended for riders from the ill-fated Sony Ericsson ProTour squad that Ferretti was to manage. When mentioned, Cristiano's usual sunny disposition darkened a little: "Oh, that was a lot of work for nothing... but now we are happy to work with Ferretti to sponsor Aqua & Sapone."

Giant

Cyclingnews also paid a recent visit to Giant Europe in Lelystadt, Holland, where we snuck into the T-Mobile service course while our Giant minder Tom Davies was otherwise occupied. There we found another friendly face, that of William Hebing.

Hebing is Giant Europe's former team wrench for their mountain bike squad and now stays close to home in Lelystadt, running the supply side of Giant's close-knit relationship with the T-Mobile team. William and his colleague Andy Wollny was extra busy this season, as T-Mobile had added a powerful women's squad to the mix for 2006.

We got an exclusive first look at T-Mobile's new team bike colours for 2006, with Hebing declaring: "All the T-Mobile riders will use our Giant TCR Advanced frame in 2006. We have a nice new colour scheme for next season and adding on the women's team is no problem for us; we're already set up to support a major ProTour team like T-Mobile so it's nice to add a women's program to the mix."

Trek

Across the pond, through the woods and across the fields to Trek we went next, where the American bike colossus is beginning their ninth year of sponsorship with the team now called the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team.

Scott Daubert, Trek's team liaison with Discovery, showed us around Trek's impressive new Advanced Composite Group and Prototype facility, where the team's 2006 bikes were being prepped for delivery to the Discovery Channel training camp in Solvang, California later this month.

As Cyclingnews penetrated the team bike inner sanctum deep in the bowels of Trek's factory, Daubert said "Discovery has an all-new colour scheme for 2006 team bikes and Cyclingnews is the first to get a look at it."

We watched as Trek engineer Mark Andrews hand-checked and prepped each frame in an exacting process that took at least one hour each. "Unlike our production Madone SL frame, for the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team frames, we drill a hole in the bottom bracket to allow the water that may collect during racing to drain more easily," explained Andrews, who we met at last year's Tour de France while he and Daubert were supporting the Discovery team.

We wondered out loud if one of the new '06 rigs was for Lance and Daubert pointed out the seven time Tour winner's new frame on the prep rack, but quickly explained that it was only for training and Lance was just not coming back to race again.

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