Shimano, the world's largest manufacturer of groupsets, has agreed a deal to continue sponsoring Team Sky for the 2016 and 2017 seasons
A new two-year deal will see British WorldTour squad Team Sky continue to use Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets, pedals, wheels and other parts through to the end of 2017.
The Japanese bicycle component manufacturer has supported Team Sky since its inception in 2009.
Shimano subsidiary PRO will supply components such as handlebars and stems, as well as its time-trial-specific disc and trispoke wheels.
Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky’s technical director, said: “Shimano is simply a fantastic cycle component brand to work with.
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“From the super-accurate shifting of its Dura-Ace groupsets to its wheelsets and brakes, the components are superb right across the board. I’m incredibly relieved to have our riders on Shimano in 2016.
“Shimano share a similar ethos to Team Sky – performance, engineering expertise and technological innovation – so it’s a huge benefit to be able to continue our work with their product development team too.”
It is also said that Team Sky will also work with Shimano’s engineering teams to create new products, which will make their way into Shimano’s component line-up.
Shimano also announced that it will continue sponsoring the Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo team, having signed a three-year deal. LottoNL-Jumbo will be provided with full Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets for use during the racing season and for training.
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The agreement also includes “Shimano cycling shoes, eyewear, as well as PRO disc and tri-spoke wheels for time trial events,” according to the company.
Whilst we have seen Shimano’s wheels and shoes feature heavily in the past, its eyewear has been less prominent in the pro peloton.
Despite the emergence of a new groupset from FSA and SRAM’s wireless eTap drivetrain, Shimano continues to sponsor the vast majority of WorldTour teams, with BMC Racing Team, FDJ, Giant-Alpecin, Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing all using the Japanese brand’s products.
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