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Cannondale Pro Cycling and Slipstream Sports Join Forces
|By PR Newswire
|August 20, 2014 03:00 PM EDT
TSX: DII.B, DII.A
WILTON, CT and BOULDER, CO, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Cannondale and
Slipstream Sports, today jointly announced that Cannondale Pro Cycling
SpA and Slipstream Sports will join forces in 2015. Cannondale, a
premium brand of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B DII.A), will become
a title sponsor and technical bicycle sponsor for the team and will
take an ownership stake in the management organization of Slipsteam
Sports LLC. Slipstream Sports, the top American professional cycling
organization dedicated to ethical sport and developing the next
generation of champions, will manage the overall operations of the
team. Garmin, a key partner of Slipstream Sports since 2008, will
remain a significant sponsor of the team in 2015. More information,
including the official team roster will become available in the fall.
"Cannondale is excited to team up with Slipstream to create the next
evolution of Cannondale Pro Cycling with the most progressive and
innovative team in the peloton," said Peter Woods, President and CEO,
Dorel Recreational/Leisure. "Cannondale Pro Cycling athletes play a key
role in testing our products in some of the most extreme conditions
worldwide helping us to create the perfect ride for our consumers. We
are thrilled about progressing our product development approach with
the new Cannondale Pro Cycling while bringing exciting racing to our
fans around the world."
"Slipstream Sports and Cannondale share key philosophies of a focus on
innovation, developing the next generation of champions and a
commitment to ethical sport," said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of
Slipstream Sports. "We are happy to work with another company, that,
like Garmin, so closely shares our goals. We will be adding great
talent to an already outstanding roster and we believe the team will
build on past successes and will produce very exciting racing in 2015.
We look forward to what we can achieve together, both on and off the
Cannondale has been involved with pro racing since 1997 when it became
the technical sponsor of Saeco and the first US manufacturer to sponsor
a European Pro Tour team. Since Dorel acquired Cannondale in 2008,
investments in pro racing have steadily increased and have enhanced the
awareness of the Cannondale brand. In 2010, Cannondale became a
co-sponsor of the Liquigas-Cannondale Team and became title sponsor and
owner in 2013 with the creation of Cannondale Pro Cycling.
Since 2007, the team has won three Grand Tours including the Giro
d'Italia in 2007 and 2010 as well as the Vuelta a España in 2010.
During that time, the team also won four Tour de France jerseys,
including the 2009 Polka Dot Jersey and the Green Jersey in 2012, 2013
and at the just completed 2014 race, along with countless prestigious
individual races. Throughout this time, the team has ridden the
race-proven line of Cannondale bikes including the SuperSix, Slice,
Slice RS, Synapse and the "Best Bike in the World," the SuperSix EVO.
Founded in 2004, Slipstream Sports has evolved from a group of promising
young U.S. riders to one of the top teams in the Pro Tour. Garmin came
on board in 2008 and remains an important and significant sponsor of
the team. Known for its commitment to innovation, for animating races
around the world, and for its progressive anti-doping stance,
Slipstream Sports has held the yellow jersey, won stages, including
recently with Stage 19 in 2014, and won the Best Team competition at
the Tour de France. Slipstream Sports has won the 2011 Paris-Roubaix,
2012 Giro d'Italia, 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the 2014 Dauphine,
and its riders have stood atop the podium on countless races across the
To learn more, visit www.cannondale.com or www.slipstreamsports.com.
Founded in 1971, Cannondale is a global industry leader with a strong
heritage in design, development and manufacturing of high performance
bicycles, apparel and accessories. With a reputation for continuous
innovation and quality, Cannondale corporate headquarters is located in
Wilton, Connecticut, USA, with offices in Brazil, Canada, Holland,
Japan, Switzerland, Australia, United Kingdom, and Taiwan. For more
information, visit www.cannondale.com.
Cannondale is a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, part of Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) a world class juvenile products and bicycle
company. Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety,
quality and value. The Company's lifestyle leadership position is
pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of
trend-setting products. Dorel's powerfully branded products include
global juvenile brands Safety 1st, Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Bébé Confort and Tiny Love, complemented by
regional brands such as Cosco and Infanti. In Recreational/Leisure,
brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse and
SUGOI. Dorel's Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of
both domestically produced and imported furniture products, principally
within North America. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.4 billion and
employs approximately 6,400 people in facilities located in twenty-five
ABOUT SLIPSTREAM SPORTS
Founded in 2004, Slipstream Sports has evolved from a group of promising
young U.S. riders to one of the top teams in the Pro Tour. Known for
its commitment to innovation, for animating races around the world, and
for its progressive anti-doping stance, Slipstream Sports has held the
yellow jersey, won stages, including recently with Stage 19 in 2014,
and won the Best Team competition at the Tour de France. Slipstream
Sports has won the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, 2012 Giro d'Italia, 2013
Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the 2014 Dauphine, and its riders have stood
atop the podium on countless races across the globe.
SOURCE Dorel Industries Inc.
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