Specialized take the Highroad with HTC
Three major road teams will use Specialized’s equipment in 2011, following the announcement that the US company will supply bikes for HTC-Highroad’s men’s and women’s teams from next season.
Specialized will replace Scott as the bike suppliers for Bob Stapleton’s ProTour squad, with Scott already announced as the suppliers for ProTour hopefuls Pegasus Racing.
HTC-Highroad’s men’s squad will use Specialized’s S-Works Tarmac, S-Works Roubaix and the Shiv TT throughout the season, while the women’s team will use the Amira road bike and the same time trial model as the men. Both teams will use helmets from the Specialized range.
“We’re thrilled by this foundational partnership with the iconic global cycling brand of Specialized,” said Stapleton. “Our partnership is focused not only on athletic success but also on developing superior products and promoting cycling as a part of a healthy lifestyle for the more than 160 million enthusiasts in Europe and the USA alone.”
Specialized renewed their deal with the Astana squad last week and will also supply Bjarne Riis’ Saxo Ban-SunGuard outfit again in 2011. The pairing with Team HTC-Highroad was described as a “multi-year partnership beginning in 2011”, but no set period for the deal has been announced.
Specialized’s Mike Sinyard was enthusiastic when speaking about the new partnership with the American squad. “I’ve always respected Bob (Stapleton) and the teams he has built,” said Sinyard. “Our organizations have a lot in common. Their team headquarters is just down the road from ours, both crews focus on riders’ needs first, and we’ve both achieved great results that are fueled by the love of cycling.
“Highroad will drive us hard to continually improve our bikes and helmets, and we’ll deliver the best materials in the world to help them win races. We’re especially excited about the HTC-Highroad women’s team, which is every bit as strong and successful as the men’s squad. Through close work with these top-tier riders, we can continue to grow and improve the performance and fit of our women’s bikes and equipment.”