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Orbea rides with Vital Concept and sets sights set on TdF

Orbea rides with Vital Concept

Spanish bike firm Orbea and the Vital Concept Cycling Club have reached an agreement to ‘create a high-calibre pro cycling squad with the potential to contest the outcomes of the most important races on the international calendar’.

A two-year partnership will support the French squad, led by ex-cyclist Jérôme Pineau, in the top races on the international calendar with the ambitious goal of an invitation to the 2018 Tour de France.

The new pro team is based in Bretagne (Brittany), France – a region with one of the greatest cycling traditions in Europe; and, according to Orbea, the new-look roster of riders contains almost unlimited potential. Led by sprinter Bryan Coquard, the Vital Concept Cycling Club squad is well-balanced with climbers, classics specialists and time trial experts. They will rely on Orbea’s full range of road bikes to tackle each specific challenge.

Orca Aero will be the bike weapon of choice for flat and rolling stages that are expected to end in a sprint, in which aerodynamics and every watt count. Orbea’s Orca will be used by riders in the mountain stages. Here the company adds that its racing geometry, extremely low weight and sharp responsiveness will make the difference when every gram is critical for accelerations.

Finally, the Orbea Ordu will be the ally of Jérôme Pineau’s team in time trial stages.

2018 Vital Concept Cycling Club roster
These are the 20 riders on Team Vital Concept Cycling Club for the 2018 season:

Yoann Bagot, France
Kris Boeckmans, Belgium
Bryan Coquard, France
Erwann Corbel, France
Arnaud Courteille, France
Bert de Backer, Belgium
Corentin Ermenault, France
Marc Fournier, France
Adrien Garel, France
Steven Lammertink, Holland
Johan Le Bon, France
Jérémy Lecroq, France
Lorrenzo Manzin, France
Julien Morice, France
Justin Mottier, France
Patrick Müller, Switzerland
Quentin Pacher, France
Kévin Réza, France
Tanguy Turgis, France
Jonas van Genechten, Belgium

Orbea is part of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation and is Spain’s largest bicycle operator. Orbea bike frames are manufactured in Asia and finished in Spain – with the brand shipped worldwide.

In 2011, Orbea further cemented its relationship with Orca – the wetsuit and apparel tri brand. Heralding from New Zealand, Orca is part of the Orbea family – with Orbea and Orca reaching an agreement in 2011 for Spanish Orbea to acquire Orca’s ‘operation rights in the triathlon and compression area.’ This deal gave Orbea global rights to the Orca brand, following ‘four years of fruitful relations’ between the two companies.




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