Trek and Team Leopard True Racing Join Forces
Trek Bicycle and Team Leopard True Racing today announced that the two parties have signed a long-term partnership agreement. The agreement was revealed earlier today at Eurobike by Trek representatives and Brian Nygaard of the Luxembourg Team Leopard True Racing. The new team, featuring brothers Frank Schleck and Andy Schleck, will be part of the Trek Family for 2011 and beyond.
Trek Bicycle and Team Leopard True Racing today announced that the two parties have signed a long-term partnership agreement. The agreement was revealed earlier today at Eurobike by Trek representatives and Brian Nygaard of the Luxembourg Team. The new team, featuring brothers Frank Schleck and Andy Schleck, will be part of the Trek Family for 2011 and beyond.
As the official equipment supplier and advisor of the Luxembourg-based team, Trek will not only be responsible for supplying all team cycling equipment, but will also be day-to-day technical advisors, integrated into the foundation of the team. Trek will use its experience gained in winning 9 of the last 12 editions of the Tour de France to supply the team with technical direction ranging from race day wheel and component selection to fit and sizing guidance on its Madone and Speed Concept time trial bikes.
Though the full team roster and team title sponsor are yet to be announced, both Frank and Andy Schleck have confirmed that they are racing for the newly formed team, headed by Director Kim Andersen. "We looked at a number of equipment suppliers, but our goals are to win the Tour de France and be the number 1 team in the World. Trek has the best equipment, along with more experience and expertise to help make that happen," Andersen commented and team general manager Brian Nygaard continued "We know Trek can help us go faster. Their expertise in aerodynamics and performance can make an appreciable difference in results. It is the right move to help the Schlecks and the whole team."
Trek will be the complete bicycle supplier, using the full arsenal of Bontrager wheels, bars, stems and saddles to meet the specific needs of each rider. The team will also be wearing new Bontrager performance road helmets. The drivetrain/brakes will be the digital Shimano Dura-Ace DI2. On Shimano's sponsorship of the team Shimano's sports marketing manager Hennie Stamsnijder, commented "Shimano is known for its reliability and precision, and that is something this new team and Trek identify with and will rely upon when the stakes are high. We look forward to working with Trek in this endeavor to support this highly anticipated team."
"We have had great success at the Tour de France over the past decade, and this new team will help continue that legacy. This is the right team for Trek to partner with in Europe. From day one we realized that this team is full of Trek guys," Trek President John Burke commented.
The partnership with the Luxembourg team is in addition to Trek's current relationship with Team RadioShack. Both teams will be riding Trek bikes in 2011.