August 01, 2016 (Montreal, Que.) – Argon 18 announces its partnership with Astana Pro Team for the upcoming 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Coming off its second Tour de France appearance, Argon 18 steps up to the next level of professional cycling – the UCI World Tour – with the long standing cycling program of Astana Pro Team.
“The World Tour circuit is the world stage of cycling and Argon 18 makes bikes for the world,” says Gervais Rioux, Founder and CEO of Argon 18. “To be associated with Astana Pro Team and the World Tour confirms once more our status of leading global bike manufacturer in the industry. We are very enthusiastic about this new partnership and what it means for Argon 18’s future.”
Over the last 24 months, the Canadian high-end bike manufacturer experienced tremendous growth in every aspect: from the level of competition – road cycling (Tour de France, Vuelta a España), triathlon (World Champions Craig Alexander and Terenzo Bozzone), and Olympic track cycling (Danish National Track Cycling Team) –, record product launches and significant expansion of distribution to over 70 countries. Rising up to the top stage of international cycling was the logical next step for the innovative company.
Well renowned, Astana Pro Team is one of the established UCI Professional Cycling Teams and one of the most decorated: Olympic Games Gold Medal winner, 26 National Champions, 37 Grand Tour Stage victories and 8 Grand Tour final victories along with many other international accolades.
Astana Pro Team will be riding the Gallium Pro, Nitrogen Pro and E-118 Next. The team’s 2017 roster will be announced soon, and will continue to count on several European talents.