GB team to switch from Pinarello to Cervélo bikes from May

Five-year partnership with Pinarello to cease at the end of this month.

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British Cycling will end its five-year partnership with Pinarello and switch to Cervélo bikes as of May 1, Cycling Weekly understands.

The Canadian company, who currently supply bikes to the MTN-Qhubeka and Velocio-SRAM squads, will add the GB track, road and off-road teams to its portfolio.

It is currently unknown how long the new agreement is for, but given the proximity to next year’s Rio Olympics, it will likely cover until the end of 2016 at least.

A spokesperson for British Cycling declined to comment on the speculation.

However, the announcement is not expected to affect Team Sky’s deal with Pinarello - at least in the short term, as the parties have an agreement until the end of 2016 – nor Bradley Wiggins’s eponymous squad, who also ride the Italian manufacturer’s bikes.

Wiggins is expected to ride an amended version of Pinarello’s Bolide time trial bike for his Hour Record attempt in London on June 7.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.