Well, end August beginning September seems like the time for bike manufacturers to announce their plans for 2009.  Here’s a quick recap of the announcements made over the past week:

SCOTT

First Scott announced last week Wednesday that it was leaving the sport. On the Friday of the same week, news made its way round that the company was not going to be leaving the world of professional cycling. Instead the company inked a deal to become the bike sponsor of the U.S.-based Columbia team.

In a press release, the company cited the fact Columbia has “set a new standard in anti-doping measures” in signing on as a sponsor.

RIDLEY

Belgian bike manufacturer, Ridley, announced it will end its sponsorship of the Belgian ProTour team Silence-Lotto. The company instead will be sponsoring Russian team Katusha, successor of Team Tinkoff, in 2009.

Which manufacturer will replace Ridley at Silence-Lotto is not decided yet. There are two bike brands in the running: French Look and Belgian Museeuw Bikes.

SPECIALIZED

Following Cervélo’s news last week that it was creating it’s own professional team, Team Saxo Bank have formally announced that they will be using Specialized for the 2009 season.

With the presence of classics rider and world time trial and Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara along with GC riders such as the Schleck brothers and recently crowned Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre – although still not confirmed for the team next year – assures Specialized of a high-profile position in the peloton throughout all the season’s highlights.

FELT

News in today that Felt Bicycles has extended its sponsorship of Team Garmin-Chipotle presented by H30 until 2011. Under the extension, Team Garmin-Chipotle will race exclusively on Felt’s framesets for the next three years.

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A busy week indeed for announcements. Now, what would be nice, would be to see the pictures of all the new 2009 models.  Something to look forward to.

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Comments
  1. Simon H says:

    What teams will be riding Eddy Merckx? Thats what I wanna know?!

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