Bjarne Riis’s Saxo Bank Cycling Team, which includes Fabian Cancellara, plus Frank and Andy Schleck, switched frameset sponsors from Cervélo to Specialized in 2009 after seven seasons. Now the Danish squad — which won the 2008 Tour de France — is switching drivetrains, from Shimano Dura-Ace to SRAM Red, beginning March 28 with the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and the Criterium International.
According to the detail-oriented Riis, himself winner of the 1996 Tour de France, the entire fleet of team bikes will make the switch to SRAM Red. Riders currently race on Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Roubaix SL2s for the road, and time trial on the S-Works Transition.
“SRAM Red is proven reliable, remains the lightest gruppo available, and delivers perfect ergonomics,” he said. “SRAM has demonstrated impressive product development, great quality and intense focus, just like our team. We are looking forward to racing with SRAM.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
SRAM Red was launched in the fall of 2007. The 1,926g gruppo retails for US$2,099, and is also the gruppo of choice for Lance Armstrong’s Astana team, Linus Gerdemann’s Milram team, the Trek-Livestrong U23 team, and Floyd Landis’s Team OUCH.
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