FSA is the official drivetrain and component sponsor of both Tinkoff-Saxo and Etixx-Quick-Step, according to a representative from Specialized, which also sponsors both teams. But the upcoming FSA electronic group, which both teams will ride later this year according to separate sources, isn’t ready yet.
FSA’s component sponsorship is clearly visible as both teams set off on their first races of the year at the Tour Down Under and Tour de San Luis with stems, seatposts, and handlebars all from the brand. But both teams are currently using Shimano Di2 shifting, not FSA.
FSA has previously confirmed the development of an electronic drivetrain, but, when contacted by VeloNews last December, flatly denied rumors that it would sponsor WorldTour teams in 2015.
“For 2015, FSA is the component and drivetrain sponsor for Etixx-Quick-Step and Tinkoff-Saxo,” Chris Riekert, global marketing at Specialized, told VeloNews.
Multiple sources suggested to VeloNews last fall that teams would buy Shimano components until the FSA group becomes available. Etixx and Tinkoff are currently riding FSA cranksets and have fitted a new FSA 11-speed chain to some team bikes.
The group has not yet been spotted in the wild, and a factory tour with FSA in Taiwan last fall failed to unearth any hints as to what it might look like.
Tinkoff-Saxo mechanic Alejandro Torraldo confirmed the upcoming switch to an electronic FSA group to Australia’s Ride Cycling Review magazine on Monday. “It’s so nice,” he said. “There’s no cabling. When you make the bike, it’s so easy.”
Torraldo suggested that if all goes to plan, the group will be on team bikes prior to the Tour de France.