The Canadian bicycle company Argon 18 has officially signed a three-year agreement with the German NetApp-Endura team. As of January 1, 2015, the team will be known as Bora-Argon 18. Bora is a manufacturer of high-end cooktops and steam extraction systems.
The team’s leader, Leopold Konig finished seventh overall in the 2014 Tour de France.
“We chose this team because we firmly believe it will confirm our standing as a leading and innovative bike brand on a worldwide scale,” said Gervais Rioux, Olympic athlete and founder of Argon 18. “NetApp-Endura is a Pro Continental team that comprises some 20 riders and has an impressive international race calendar. With front-runners such as Leopold König, it has been making steady progress since its beginnings. Its seventh place in the general individual classification of this year’s Tour de France is irrefutable proof of this. Now that the team will be riding Argon 18 bikes, we’ll have the best possible allies to help us develop innovative new technologies and, consequently, better products for the team to use.”
Brothers Martin and Gervais Rioux of Argon 18 also chose this team because of the similarities that their company shares with the team’s new German sponsor, Bora. “Bora is much like us,” said Argon 18 president Martin Rioux. “We have a similar background, and they embrace innovation and continuous development just as we do. Germany is known around the world for its high standards of quality. We’re very proud that a German team has chosen us. It speaks volumes about our reputation. From a business standpoint, this country is important for Argon 18, since it’s Europe’s biggest bike market. Germany is an economic force that has a strong influence on the dominant trends. ”
“It’s a distinct boost for the Canadian company’s international visibility, since ARGON 18 will be mentioned every time the team’s name will appear,” Gervais Rioux said. “For us, this was very important. It’s one of the many reasons why this team was the perfect fit for us. This partnership will also give our brand unprecedented international exposure, as well as provide our R&D division invaluable feedback and insight.”
NetApp-Endura has won five races this season, including Czech national time trial championships. The team is slated to race the USA Pro Challenge and Giro di Lombardia, among other UCI events through early October.