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Garmin-Cervélo switches to Shimano

Garmin-Cervélo riders will be shifting and braking on Japanese parts for the 2012 season instead of the SRAM they rode this season. Shimano, however, is not a new sponsor. Cervélo, the bike manufacturer, is purchasing Shimano groups for the team after repeated requests for Shimano from team members.

The Garmin team used Shimano components until the 2011 season, when it merged with the former Cervélo TestTeam.

Home training bikes for team members are being built with cable-pull Dura-Ace but the team plans to race on the electric-shift Di2 on both road and time trial bikes.

Other equipment sponsors remain the same, with Mavic providing wheels and tires and Rotor providing cranks. The team will also use Garmin’s new Vector power-measuring pedals.