Colnago returns to pro peloton with Bouygues Telecom

Other teams include Team Type 1, Inox

After a short hiatus, Italian bike company Colnago will return to the top tier of professional road racing with not one, but three road teams for 2010, including the French BBox Bouygues Telecom squad. 

Colnago had sponsored the Dutch Rabobank team for 10 years, and sat out from top-level team sponsorship in 2009.

The four-year deal with Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey wearer Thomas Voeckler's BBox Bouygues Telecom team will cover both road and time trial framesets beginning with the 2010 season, and though the team has not secured a ProTour license for next year, Colnago is confident that they will be included in both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Riders will use a mix of EPS and CX-1 models for the road and presumably Colnago's newest Flight model for time trial events.

The 2010 colnago flight.: the 2010 colnago flight.

Colnago will also put forth a stronger presence in domestic racing as well with the signing of US-based Team Type 1 plus an all-new Italian-based and factory-backed Colnago CSF Inox squad, both of whom hope to be included in next year's tougher Tour of California.

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James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
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