British WorldTour squad Team Sky and Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello agree a four-year extension to their partnership
Team Sky will continue to use Pinarello bikes until at least the end of the 2020 race season as the the two parties have extended their partnership for a further four years.
The British WorldTour team have used the Italian manufacturer’s machines since the squad’s inception in 2010, in what has been a successful partnership that has generated three Tour de France overall wins: Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and Chris Froome in 2013 and 2015.
“We are partners of the best team the cycling world has ever experienced, in terms of organisation, professionalism and results,” said Fausto Pinarello, company president.
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford added: “We have been working closely with Fausto and his team since our World Tour debut in 2010, and together we have won three Tour de France yellow jerseys as well as 656 other podium places across the world. Their love of our great sport, their attention to detail and continuous search for innovation is a perfect fit with our team.”
The announcement of the extended partnership comes on the Tour’s second rest day, where Froome currently leads the race overall going into the third and final week.
Froome said of the continued relationship between Sky and Pinarello: “Having ridden Pinarello bikes since joining Team Sky, the greatest rides and best wins of my career have been on a Pinarello. The bikes are the embodiment of Pinarello’s long heritage in the sport and their unique understanding of racing.”
Sky uses Pinarello’s Dogma road bikes and Bolide time trial machines. Over the past six years, the team and Pinarello have developed nine top-end race machines.
Currently, Froome and Geraint Thomas are using a new Xlight version of the Pinarello Dogma F8 at the Tour.