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MTN-Qhubeka to swap from Trek to Cervélo next year, but where does this leave Garmin-Sharp?

The MTN-Qhubeka Pro Continental team have announced they’ll be riding Cervélo bikes in 2015, changing from their current supplier Trek Bicycles. They’ve also partnered with Rotor, the Spanish manufacturer of chainsets and non-round chainrings.

MTN-Qhubeka was the first African team to ride a WorldTour event when they took part in last year’s Tirreno Adriatico. Success came the same year when Gerald Ciolek won the Milan-San Remo Monument. 

The Pro Continental status team, founded in 2007, are backed by Qhubeka, a foundation helping to alleviate poverty in rural African communities by giving children bikes in return for working on green projects such as planting trees. The MTN in the team's name is their other major sponsor a leading South African telecoms company.

“Cervélo has always been synonymous with the highest levels of racing performance, “said team Principal Douglas Ryder. “The new team will be competitive on the world stage, and Cervélo has already won everything from the world championships to cobbled classics like Paris-Roubaix and Grand Tours including the Tour de France. Who better to give Team MTN-Qhubeka’s riders the best opportunity to succeed?”

“We’re delighted that Cervélo has proposed matching its team bike sales with the donation of a Qhubeka bike. It brings the ability to support Qhubeka directly to hundreds of Cervélo retailers and thousands of individual riders worldwide,” added Gerard Vroomen. “Like no other bike company, Cervélo understands that cycling needs new and better ways to connect with its fans. It’s a great feeling to align Cervélo’s DNA with the MTN-Qhubeka project.”

This news adds further weight to the rumour that Cannondale Pro Cycling are merging with Garmin-Sharp next year, with the new team switching from Cervélo to Cannondale bicycles.

The other possible outcome for Garmin-Sharp if they are parting company with Cervélo next season, which this deal with MTN-Qhubeka would seem to support, follows the announcement by Canadian brand Argon 18 that they’ve signed a three-year deal with a current Tour de France team. The identity of the team won’t be revealed until the end of the race, so we won’t have to wait long before we find out.

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.

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 1 year ago
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Good news for MTN-Qhubeka. Wonder if they'll get a more interesting colour scheme than the usual Cervelo colours?

Does it cost less to provide bikes for a pro-conti team than for a WT team? I guess it must do, to balancer against the reduced media exposure.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

Good news for MTN-Qhubeka. Wonder if they'll get a more interesting colour scheme than the usual Cervelo colours?

Well the charity is all about yellow bikes so you'd think that the teams bikes would simply have to be yellow too but sometimes pro-cycling throws out some pretty bat shit mental decisions at times.

Great news for the team though, they were utterly robbed when they disgracefully didn't get a Giro spot this year in favour of band of unrepentant dopers so it's good to see them still working their way up, "Progress", if you will.

I do have a massive soft spot for MTN-Qhubeka.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:

Well the charity is all about yellow bikes

Cervyéllo? (Groan - soooo terrible, I apologise!)

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Simon E [2613 posts] 1 year ago
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I wouldn't be surprised if the Argon 18 deal is with Europcar.

"Garmin has a contract with the team next year but not as a title sponsor. The team name will definitely change next year"

More at http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/garmin-sharp_set_for_name_change_in_2015/

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kitkat [338 posts] 1 year ago
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It's the end of an era. Garmin sharp we're like the LA raiders, hoovering up the 'bad' riders and doing some good racing

Seems to have changed, move from Cervelo, David Millar dropped and the curious incident of Andrew Talansky at the tour.

Who to support now?

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 1 year ago
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