Bike producer BMC have introduced the top of their three-year partnership with WorldTour squad AG2R Citroën, with the French crew anticipated to accomplice with Decathlon’s efficiency street model, Van Rysel for 2024.
The crew has been rumoured to make the change for the reason that spring, ending their affiliation with Swiss model BMC having switched from Eddy Merckx bikes for the 2021 season.
BMC had beforehand equipped South African squad Qhubeka and Phonak and likewise ran their very own BMC crew between 2007 and 2018.
AG2R’s transfer away from the model signifies that the corporate will not be current within the WorldTour in 2024. Nevertheless, ProTeam Tudor Professional Biking will likely be racing on BMC subsequent season after extending their deal for six years earlier this yr.
AG2R Citroën have scored 32 wins and 106 podium spots aboard BMC bikes, together with stage wins on the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España, the most recent of which was delivered by Felix Gall at this yr’s Tour.
“We wish to thank BMC for these three years of collaboration, throughout which the crew has been in a position to experience very high-level bikes and which has given nice satisfaction to the riders and technicians, each by way of tools and human assets,” stated AG2R Citroën normal supervisor Vincent Lavenu.
“We have been very proud to experience for this prestigious, world-renowned model.”
Van Rysel, the model launched by French chain Decathlon in 2018, is broadly anticipated to step in as bike provider for AG2R. French newspaper Ouest France first reported the information again in April.
The corporate at the moment provides Cofidis with informal and biking put on, although the squad races on the bikes of Italian model De Rosa. Van Rysel boss Nicolas Pierron had acknowledged earlier within the yr that the corporate’s want “is to return to the WorldTour in 2023.”
Decathlon has a historical past of supplying bikes to top-level groups, with AG2R and Cofidis having each raced aboard Decathlon model bikes previously.
AG2R aren’t the one crew to alter up their bike suppliers for the 2024 season Lotto-Dstny are set to make the transfer from Ridley to Orbea, whereas Groupama-FDJ will finish their long-standing 22-year partnership with Lapierre.