August 26, 2010 – Cervélo confirmed in a short press release that it will end its TestTeam after the 2010 season, but along with that big news are more rumours of a likely merger with Garmin riding under the banner Garmin-Cervélo. While not yet official a report in Cycling Weekly says it’s more or less a done deal – read more here. Apparently rider contracts will be honoured by the new team and Canadian fans will be watching with anticipation as Dominique Rollin currently rides for the TestTeam while Ryder Hesjedal recently signed with Garmin-Transitions until 2013 – read more here. Svein Tuft and Christian Meier also ride for Garmin-Transitions.
Cervelo Statement on the TestTeam
Certain subtle changes in the rules that govern pro cycling, have established a trend towards bigger budgets to ensure participation in all the big races, and this is not something with which we are comfortable. We were okay with the significant commitment we originally made to the team, but to increase it is not prudent.
To create the best opportunities for riders, staff, sponsors and other stakeholders, a bigger team environment is needed. At the same time, the very positive response to a focus on “more than just racing” has been great.
We look forward to continued involvement in pro cycling at the highest level with an emphasis on product R&D, as we have since 2003. To that end, we will announce the details soon.