Trek named Team Astana's official bike sponsor
Trek Bicycle Corporation today announced that the Astana Cycling Team has chosen Trek to be the official team bike supplier for the 2008 season and beyond.
?Under my guidance, the Team will strictly abide by the UCI Pro Team Code of Conduct, as well as any and all antidoping measures agreed to by the UCI or the Team?s Union. Additionally, the Astana Team has taken further measures by subscribing to the anti-doping program developed by Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard and utilized by Team CSC in 2007. The Damsgaard anti-doping system is currently the most effective and comprehensive program available.?
When it came to finding a bike sponsor for the new Astana, the choice was a clear one for Bruyneel. ?I didn?t go to anyone else for bikes in 2008,? noted Bruyneel about his decision to approach Trek.
The riders look forward to competing on Trek bikes, too. ?Obviously Trek know what they are doing. Look at the races they have won,? voiced 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. ?I?m happy to stay on a Trek to defend my Tour title.?
2007 Tour de France podium finisher Levi Leipheimer echoed Bruyneel and Contador?s sentiments: ?I?m very happy to have Trek as the sponsor of the new Astana team. Trek was an integral part of my success during 2007. The new Madone has all the elements I look for in a high-performance bike; it?s light, stiff, and looks awesome. Most importantly, I know I can trust its reliability.?
Trek Travel will also partner with the Astana team, offering behind the scenes access to the team. This exclusive access to the world?s most successful stage racing team continues to set Trek Travel apart in the active travel industry.
Riders will be introduced to the new Astana team bikes at December?s orientation camp in Valencia, Spain. Riders will be fully outfitted in time for January?s New Mexico training camp.
The team?s first race aboard Trek bicycles will be Australia?s Tour Down Under, which races from January 22-27, 2008.