Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bianchi to Sponsor Vacansoleil-DCM

Bianchi and WorldTour team Vacansoleil-DCM have announced that Bianchi’s Oltre will be the official bicycle sponsor to the team for 2012 and 2013. Bianchi and Vacansoleil-DCM signed a two-year sponsorship agreement, with an option to extend the contract into future years.

Bianchi will continues a long and successful history in cycling. With the Vacansoleil-DCM team (granted WorldTour Team license by UCI until 2013), Bianchi secures participation in the major international WorldTour events, like Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espanã, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

Vacansoleil-DCM team will race on the Bianchi Oltre, part of the Bianchi HoC family. "Bianchi Oltre is the ideal bike for professional and expert riders, and our new partnership with Vacansoleil-DCM will provide us with an important opportunity to further develop and test our carbon technology”, Bianchi CEO Bob Ippolito said.

Bianchi owner and President Salvatore Grimaldi: "With the sponsorship of Vacansoleil-DCM, Bianchi continues to expand its investment in performance cycling and global sports marketing. Our goal is to increase our presence and visibility as one of the world’s leading performance cycling brands”.

Vacansoleil-DCM team manager Daan Luijkx is excited to be together with Bianchi. “For us Bianchi is the best option for our long term strategy and we look forward to our winning cooperation. With a history of 126 years, we believe Bianchi will be an incredible partner. The Bianchi Oltre stands for high-technology, advanced product development and Italian design which support our goal to reach victories in WorldTour races. Both Vacansoleil-DCM and Bianchi are product driven with a global vision”.

Bianchi Technical suppliers: FSA, Vision, Fast Forward, Vredestein, Selle San Marco, Elite and KMC will also join the team.

In other Bianchi news:

Androni Giocattoli wins the Italian Team Championship for 2nd Year in a Row
At the start of the Coppa Sabatini, three days after the end of the Italian Championship Team, the Androni - CIPI has celebrated winning the league. It is the second consecutive title.

The team had thirteen successes on the road during the season, including two stages in the Giro d'Italia as well as two national titles on track.

"We are proud," said Team Manager Gianni Savio, "to have won the championship flag on the anniversary of 150 years of National Unity. It's a success from a small team united in all its components: riders, managers, technicians and staff. A victory that we dedicate to our sponsors and all the fans who have followed with enthusiasm and passion."

Bianchi Sponsor of OC Gran Fondo
Bianchi has teamed up with OC Gran Fondo (Orange County- California) as the presenting sponsor of the OC Gran Fondo, that was held yesterday, Saturday, October 8, 2011. “We have grown quickly, and in our second year we are proud to have Bianchi join us as our presenting sponsor” said Cameron Jackson, director of the event.

The ride is geared toward riders of all abilities with 10, 29, 64, and 102-mile courses, taking in Orange County’s network of bike paths, canyon roads, and beautiful Pacific Coast highway. The 64 and 102-mile courses offer a chip timed hill climb section up OC’s Santiago Canyon, with KOM prizes and jerseys awarded to the top riders.

“As an Italian company, we are really excited to team up with the OC Gran Fondo to showcase our brand.” says Bianchi National Sales Manager Jim Stevenson. “This event offers us a terrific opportunity to support cycling on a level that a large majority of riders can relate to. And it’s a great opportunity to showcase our C2C line of bikes, like the Infinito, which are geared toward Gran Fondo riders."

Other information:
Since we are speaking about the Dutch Vacansoleil-DCM team it is a chance to mention Road Holland cycling clothes. They have their Utrecht jersey on sale for $75.00. Stylish and simple. See

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