01/24/2011(Waterloo, WI) - Trek Bicycle announced today, along with Luxembourg-based Leopard True Racing, its co-title sponsorship of the formerly unnamed Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project, creating the LEOPARD TREK cycling team. Featuring podium regulars Fränk and Andy Schleck, as well as classics king Fabian Cancellara, LEOPARD TREK will race team-issued Trek Madone and Speed Concept bicycles throughout 2011 and beyond.
After dominating 13 Grand Tours in the past 12 years, Trek’s intimate relationship with professional cycling programs has persistently propelled riders to the pinnacle of their sport. Trek’s Race Department will play an integral role in the foundation of the new team, supplying all LEOPARD TREK team cycling equipment and serving as day-to-day technical advisors.
“Ultimately we’re driven by the idea that we can make riders go faster,” said Trek’s Race Department Manager, Scott Daubert. “We’ve developed a solid knowledge base that we have continued to build upon and expanded for more than a decade. It’s amazing when you see that work pay off and know that you helped be a catalyst for real, tangible results. It’s why I get up in the morning. It’s what we do best.”
A real sense of confidence surrounds the LEOPARD TREK team riders and staff, as they have already begun preparations for the 2011 race calendar, dialing in measurements, making adjustments and getting acclimated to their new equipment.
“Trek is more than just a bike sponsor,” said LEOPARD TREK team leader Fränk Schleck, “they are our partner, our teammate, as important as any rider on the team. They will make us faster.”
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A new ride and prototype carbon wheels for the Tour de France hopeful Andy Schleck has managed to retain most of his key support riders from last year with the move to the new Luxembourg-based LEOPARD TREK squad but in terms of equipment, virtually everything else has changed.
He's now on a Trek Madone instead of his old Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL3, Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 electronic group instead of SRAM Red, Bontrager wheels now substitute for his familiar Zipps, and Bontrager will also supply saddles, stems, and bars in contrast to his old Prologo and FSA bits – in total a monumental shift for a professional athlete that relies so much on his gear.... (FULL ARTICLE)