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Many of the Liquigas-Cannondale Team sponsors—as well as most of the athletes—carried over to the Cannondale Pro Cycling squad

Many of the Liquigas-Cannondale Team sponsors—as well as most of the athletes—carried over to the Cannondale Pro Cycling squad (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The 2013 Slice RS reportedly shed more than 300g from last year's frameset

The 2013 Slice RS reportedly shed more than 300g from last year's frameset (Image credit: Cannondale)
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Vision wheels spin on ceramic bearings

Vision wheels spin on ceramic bearings (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Basso runs a 130mmm-long OS-99 CSI carbon-wrapped aluminum stem, 44cm-wide ‘new ergo' bend Energy handlebar

Basso runs a 130mmm-long OS-99 CSI carbon-wrapped aluminum stem, 44cm-wide ‘new ergo' bend Energy handlebar (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Sagan runs the fi’zi:k Aliante

Sagan runs the fi’zi:k Aliante (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The carbon TC 50 is Vision's best all-condition wheelset

The carbon TC 50 is Vision's best all-condition wheelset (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Balancing weight with stiffness: the SuperSix Evo fork has a 1.125” to 1.25” tapered steerer (as opposed to larger diameter 1.125” to 1.5” tapered steerers)

Balancing weight with stiffness: the SuperSix Evo fork has a 1.125” to 1.25” tapered steerer (as opposed to larger diameter 1.125” to 1.5” tapered steerers) (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Sprinter Peter Sagan prefers the stiffness of the one-piece FSA Plasma stem/handlebar

Sprinter Peter Sagan prefers the stiffness of the one-piece FSA Plasma stem/handlebar (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The team uses SRM power meters mated to Cannondale SILS2 cranks to track their progress

The team uses SRM power meters mated to Cannondale SILS2 cranks to track their progress (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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SRAM Red is the group of choice for the new team

SRAM Red is the group of choice for the new team (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan

by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Not all of the team bikes were 100% 'sponsor-correct'

Not all of the team bikes were 100% 'sponsor-correct' (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

Cannondale strengthened its commitment to professional cycling this weekend with the presentation of the 2013 Cannondale Pro Cycling team. Cannondale has had a presence in the pro peloton since Saeco-Cannondale in the '90s. Now, Cannondale has stepped up to become the title sponsor of Liquigas team it has worked with since 2007.

The new team has a roster full of talented riders, including 2010 Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso, 22-year-old sprinting phenom Peter Sagan, and American domestique Ted King.

These riders will be equipped by many of the same sponsors as the 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team, including SRAM, Fi’zi:k, Sugoi and Sidi. One notable exception is Mavic, which has been replaced by FSA’s aero brand, Vision, which will be supplying wheels and TT bars.

SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod

The Cannondale Pro Cycling team’s workhorse is a team-specific version of Cannondale’s SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod. We reviewed the SuperSix EVO last year and came away impressed. It does a commendable job of balancing performance with comfort—something team members are sure to appreciate during some of the season’s most demanding stage races.

Race kit will vary depending on the needs of the individual athletes, as well as on the course conditions, but will be generally be mix of the following components.

Specifications

Frame: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
Fork: Cannondale SuperSix EVO
Headset: Cannondale SuperSix EVO SL, 1.125” to 1.25” tapered
Stem: FSA K-Force, SL-K or OS-99 CSI
Handlebars: FSA K-Force Light or Plasma
Tape/grips: fi'zi:k
Shift/Brake levers: SRAM Red
Brakes: SRAM Red
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red
Cassette: SRAM XG-1090
Chain: SRAM PC-1091
Crankset: Cannondale Hollowgram SISL2 w/SRAM Red chainrings (53/39T)
Bottom bracket: SRAM PressFit 30
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Nanogram
Wheelset: Vision Metron 81, TC50 or TC 24
Tires: Kenda clinchers and tubulars
Saddle: fi'zi:k Aliante, Arione or Antares
Seatpost: FSA K-Force Light (25 or 32mm setback)

Slice RS

In addition to the SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod, the Cannondale Pro Cycling team will be riding the Slice RS for time trials. According to Cannondale, year’s Slice RS weighs 300 grams less than last year's frameset, with additional weight savings coming from lighter wheels and handlebars supplied by Vision.

Specifications

Frame: Cannondale Slice RS
Fork: Cannondale Slice RS
Stem: Integrated
Handlebars: Vision Metron
Tape/grips: fi'zi:k
Shift/Brake levers: SRAM Red
Brakes: Cannondale Integrated Mini-V, carbon brake arms
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red
Cassette: SRAM XG-1090
Chain: SRAM PC-1091
Crankset: Cannondale Hollowgram SISL2 w/SRAM Red chainrings (54/42T)
Bottom bracket: SRAM PressFit 30
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Nanogram
Wheelset: Vision Metron 81 and Metron Disc
Tires: Kenda tubulars
Saddle: fi'zi:k Aliante, Arione or Antares
Seatpost: Cannondale Slice RS Carbon

The Slice RS is leaner and meaner for 2013

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