There might not be a lot of time from when the 2020 season ends and the 2021 season starts but the teams have started to announce their sponsors for the upcoming season.
Perhaps the biggest news comes from Jumbo-Visma as they end their sponsorship with Bianchi after a very strong 2020, Jumbo-Visma will move to Cervélo bikes. The Cervélo R5 disc, Cervélo S5, Cervélo P5, and Caledonia, will be the bikes to chose from for both the Men’s and freshly announced Women’s team. Jumbo-Visma did not use the disc versions of their Bianchi’s this year, it will be interesting to see if the Cervélo R5 disc will be used by the team.
Cervélo’s Managing Director, Nick McAdams, spoke on the move from Team Sunweb, who rode Cervélo bikes for the past two seasons, said “We are very proud to partner with Team Jumbo-Visma. We’ve been involved in WorldTour racing for a long time, and with that comes access to the best athletes and testing for our bikes. As one of the best teams in the world, [Team Jumbo-Visma] are made up of world-class riders racing at the sport’s highest levels.”
Nick McAdams went on to thank Team Sunweb, saying “I also want to use this opportunity to thank Team Sunweb for inviting Cervélo to be part of their program and delivering some exciting moments and great results these past two seasons.” Not least the revelation of Marc Hirschi at the Tour de France.
Richard Plugge, managing director of Team Jumbo-Visma said, “This is a great step for our team. Cervélo is a fantastic brand and an industry leader by technology. We are very happy that our cycling teams will be riding on Cervélo from next year.”
So what for Sunweb? Well, they will move to Scott bikes, this will cover their men’s and women’s WorldTour teams and also their development squads, as well. The Scott bikes which Sunweb will have at their disposal are the Scott Addict RC, Scott Foil and Scott Plasma.
Pascal Ducrot, vice-president of Scott Sports said, “We are confident that this partnership will deliver from the start some fast, exciting and successful racing with both the men and women programs. Our engineering team is looking forward to work closely with Team Sunweb’s engineering and biomechanic specialists to integrate their input and feedback in the development of the next generation of our road bikes.”
With Sunweb taking Scott bikes, that suggests that the now Mitchelton-Scott team of 2020 will change name for 2021 season becoming Mitchelton-Bianchi with Mitchelton taking the celeste coloured bikes. The multi-year deal will cover both the men’s and women’s teams. The Australian teams will be racing on the Specialissima, the Oltre, and Aquila time trial bikes.
Gerry Ryan, owner of GreenEdge Cycling who are the parent company of both the men’s and women’s Mitchelton teams is clearly vitalised by the deal, stating “As we approach our tenth season at the top level of world cycling, we are invigorated by the opportunity to partner with Bianchi, a proven brand with a long and proud history, as we look towards the upcoming seasons. We have witnessed the incredible success of riders using Bianchi equipment and are inspired by their plans for the future,”