Famed Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi will sponsor Team Barloworld for another two years.
The firm has upped its support for 2009 and 2010, with additional funds to allow greater visibility of its brand name.
‘Bianchi’ will appear on the front of the riders’s jerseys immediately below Barloworld.
“We like the young aspect of team,” product department manager Lars Svalin told Cyclingnews.com at the EICMA trade show in Milan.
The Italy-based team boasts up-and-comers such as Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, as well as the established talents of Mauricio Soler and Robert Hunter, both stage winners in the 2007 Tour de France, with the former the winner of the mountains classification.
The team will use the 928 Carbon T-Cube and SL frames for 2009. “Most of the guys will use the SL, like Hunter,” said Svalin. The SL frame is 150g lighter than the T-Cube but durable enough to use in the demanding northern classics.