GreenEDGE Cycling's attempts to become Australia's first UCI ProTeam took another step with the organsiation announcing an equipment partnership with Scott Sports.
Under the agreement Scott Sports will provide road and time-trial bikes and helmets to the three squads under the GreenEDGE banner - men’s elite ProTeam squad, women’s ProTeam and a men’s Continental road racing team.
"The main priority in striking a deal with a bike manufacturer was to ensure the team was getting the best equipment that would give the riders an edge on their competitors," said GreenEDGE General Manager Shayne Bannan.
“Some of the stages in a race like the Tour de France can last up to seven hours and every little bit of energy that can be saved by having the best equipment can make the difference between first and second place”.
Scott will also assist GreenEDGE and its riders with technical research and development including involvement in a project called F01.
“The level of research and development done by a bike manufacturer is important to stay ahead of the game and Scott has shown they do this better than anyone else,” said Bannan.
“Most bike manufactures do wind tunnel testing on their time trial bikes, where aerodynamics is critical, but to maximise its efficiency and create a new generation of aero road racing bikes in the lead up to last year’s Tour de France Scott conducted extensive testing within the Drag2Zero facilities in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix wind tunnel. To have this sort of commitment to being the best from our partners is invaluable in our pursuit of gaining an edge on our rivals.”
For Scott Sports, Vice President Pascal Ducrot being able to work closely with the team was also an important factor in the partnership.
“The fact that the GreenEDGE team base in Italy is close to the Scott headquarters will allow a very close collaboration with riders and team management in order to design and build the best performing equipment and to push the already very high standard of our products even further.”