Just over three years after its return to the bicycle sector, Pirelli has rightfully become one of the big players in high-profile professional cycling. Today Pirelli is the choice of prestigious professional World Tour teams as well as elite and amateur teams in various cycling disciplines.
Having reconfirmed for 2021 the agreements with the top category UCI teams, Trek-Segafredo and Team BikeExchange, Pirelli now announces a partnership with a third World Tour team: France’s AG2R CITROËN.
The agreement, signed with Swiss bike brand BMC, will see the World Tour team, as well as the Under 23 team, ride Teammachine SLR01 and Timemachine Road 01 bikes equipped with Pirelli’s top road tyre technology: the brand-new P Zero in both TLR (tubeless-ready) and tubular versions.
For training, AG2R CITROËN Team will also have at its disposal the Cinturato tyres, the super-strong TLR road tyre, ideal for achieving many kilometres in complete safety and maximum performance, over long distances and on a variety of road surfaces.
For Pirelli, the partnership with the team is also, and above all, to support the evolution of the product, for a constant exchange of feedback on the tyres and a continuous improvement in their performance, thanks to the suggestions of the athletes.
Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, who had the opportunity to try Pirelli’s new P Zero Race TLR tyres during the team’s training camp on the Costa Blanca, commented: “Pirelli bring their great experience to cycling which is a huge benefit so I’m happy to have Pirelli tyres not only on my car but also on my bike. I’m super happy with the first impressions: rolling resistance and grip are good on wet roads which is veryr important in terms of performance and safety. I’m looking forward to testing the tyres at higher speed, at the races”.
Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the team, said: “As you know, we are opening a new chapter in our history becoming AG2R CITROËN TEAM. We are proud to work with the in-ternationally renowned brand that is Pirelli, which will offer security, reliability, innovation and experience to our riders. We look forward to reaching new heights together!”
The team’s official debut, at the recent Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise, already saw a first victory with Aurélien Paret-Peintre.
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