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Five-year deal includes R&D cooperation to create "world's fastest track bikes"...

Team GB cyclists will ride Cervélo bikes at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics under a five-year deal between British Cycling and the bike maker announced this morning.

Cervélo will provide frames for road and track racing and also work with the team on bike development with the aim of designing, and manufacturing the fastest track bikes in the world.

British Cycling’s technical director Shane Sutton OBE said: “I’m looking forward to working with Cervélo. They have a long-standing reputation for supplying world-class bikes to world-class athletes so it’s great to have them as a partner.

“The research and development aspect of our partnership is particularly exciting for me, and it will be interesting to see what we can do in terms of developing the next generation of bikes.

“The whole team is looking forward to working with Cervélo and I’m confident we will be on the start line with the best bikes in the world at both the Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Robert Reijers, managing director of Cervélo said: “This partnership allows us to bring new levels of innovation into track cycling. The Great Britain Cycling Team has taken the track world by storm in the last 15 years. It has developed a remarkable programme with world class athletes, staff and facilities.

“Track racing is one of Cervélo’s three core pillars next to triathlon and road. We are proud to be recognised by one of the most successful track teams in the world as their technology partner of choice.

“We are confident that the Great Britain Cycling Team’s track specific knowledge and our expertise in aerodynamics and structural engineering will bring new levels of innovation to the sport of track cycling in coming years.

“For our team it is an honour to be able to work with world class coaches and athletes on their road to achieving their Olympic goals.”

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