PINARELLO EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH TEAM SKY
Team Sky and Pinarello have extended their partnership for a further three years. The new deal will take the team’s relationship with the Italian bike brand into its seventh season. Pinarello was a founding partner of Team Sky in 2010 and has worked closely with riders, mechanics and performance staff to help develop the road and time-trial bikes that have played a key role in the success of the team. Team Sky riders have taken 136 wins on Pinarello bikes - including 27 Time Trials and 12 National Championships – worn leader’s jerseys at each of the Grand Tours and won successive victories at the Tour de France. The team first used Pinarello’s Dogma 60.1 before Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France on the Dogma 2 and Chris Froome repeated the feat on this year’s Dogma 65.1.
Time Trial success first came on the Graal with the all-new Bolide introduced at this year’s Giro d’Italia. Team Sky’s Head of Operations, Carsten Jeppesen, said: “This has been a great partnership and it’s natural to extend our relationship with Pinarello. Fausto is a real gentleman, his team understand us, are excellent to work with and we’ve really enjoyed developing bikes with them over the last four seasons. The Dogma and Bolide have certainly worked for us; over 130 race wins, twelve riders earning national champions colours and, of course, those two successive victories at the Tour de France.”
Fausto Pinarello, who marks his birthday today, said: “It’s the perfect day today to announce a three-year extension to the Team Sky deal. First of all, I want to thank everyone on the team - from the riders to mechanics and all the staff - for the great support that they have given us during the last four years. And a special thanks to Sir Dave Brailsford, the strongest leader in the peloton. It’s my honor to be a Team Sky partner and I am sure that together we’ll make the best bikes in the world.”
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team Sky said: “Over the last four years our relationship with Pinarello has been a true partnership, one which we are delighted to be extending. Not only do they share the same desire for excellence, but from Fausto right through the company they are an absolute joy to work with. There is a lot more we want to achieve as a team and we go forward knowing we have the best partner to do that in Pinarello.”