MONTREAL, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Argon 18 announces its partnership with Astana Pro Team for the upcoming 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Coming off its second Tour de France appearance, Argon 18 steps up to the next level of professional cycling – the UCI World Tour – with the long standing cycling program of Astana Pro Team.
"The World Tour circuit is the world stage of cycling and Argon 18 makes bikes for the world," says Gervais Rioux, Founder and CEO of Argon 18. "To be associated with Astana Pro Team and the World Tour confirms once more our status of leading global bike manufacturer in the industry. We are very enthusiastic about this new partnership and what it means for Argon 18's future."
Over the last 24 months, the Canadian high-end bike manufacturer experienced tremendous growth in every aspect: from the level of competition – road cycling (Tour de France, Vuelta a España), triathlon (World Champions Craig Alexander and Terenzo Bozzone), and Olympic track cycling (Danish National Track Cycling Team) –, record product launches and significant expansion of distribution to over 70 countries. Rising up to the top stage of international cycling was the logical next step for the innovative company.
Well-renowned, Astana Pro Team is one of the established UCI Professional Cycling Teams and one of the most decorated: Olympic Games Gold Medal winner, 26 National Champions, 37 Grand Tour Stage victories and eight Grand Tour final victories along with many other international accolades.
Astana Pro Team will be riding the Gallium Pro, Nitrogen Pro and E-118 Next. The team's 2017 roster will be announced soon, and will continue to count on several European talents.
About Argon 18
Established in Montreal, Canada, since 1989, Argon 18 has built itself a strong reputation in the cycling world. Guided by Olympian and 3-time Canadian Champion Gervais Rioux, one of the most successful North-American racers of his generation, the manufacturing of all Argon 18 bikes is the result of a brilliant expertise. The sophisticated and inventive design of Argon 18 bikes is based on handling, aerodynamics, and human performance at its core, fully in line with the morphology of each cyclist. All Argon 18 bikes integrate cutting-edge technologies, and are designed and developed in Canada. Argon 18 bikes are now available around the world in more than 70 countries.
About Astana Pro Team
Astana Pro Team is a Kazakh squad that was formed in 2006. Led by Alexandr Vinokurov, the most famous and successful cyclist in the history of Kazakhstan and one of the greatest sportsman ever in his country, the team has a Grand Tour talent in the shape of Fabio Aru, who won the 2015 Vuelta a España after placing second in the Giro behind Alberto Contador earlier that year.
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