Canadian bike brand Argon 18 have revealed on their website today the news they have signed a three-year deal with one of the professional teams currently participating in the Tour de France, but they won't be revealing the identity of the team until the end of the race.
“This is a historic announcement for our brand and for our team, the Tour de France is the undisputed benchmark,” says Argon 18 founder Gervais Rioux. “It’s an important step for us, since it secures Argon 18’s position among the world’s top brands.”
“We were excited to announce that we had reached an agreement with a team that is currently participating in the Tour de France, adds Martin Rioux, co-owner and president of Argon 18. “Unfortunately, we can’t disclose which team it is at this point because of contractual questions. We’ll have to wait until the end of the Tour to do so, but I can assure you that we’ll be following the team closely until then!” adds Martin Rioux, co-owner and president of Argon 18.”
Argon 18 aren't the most well known bicycle brand in the UK, though they do enjoy more popularity in the triathlon world. They're based out of Montreal, Canada and have been going for 25 years. We were certainly impressed when we tested their then top-end Gallium Pro road bike, though it's since been superseded with a lighter version. So they've certainly got the necessary lightweight carbon fibre race bike that a professional cycling race team requires these days.
You can see the full statement here. We're not sure what team Argon 18 might be partnering with at this stage. Cannondale Pro Cycling is reportedly being wound up at the end of this season and the thinking is they're going to partner with what is currently Garmin-Sharp under a name yet to be decided, but if that isn't a done deal could Argon 18 replace Cervelo as bike supplier? It'll certainly be interesting to find out what team they have signed a deal with, but we'll just have to wait two weeks before that news is announced.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.