After a recent partnership with the Trek-Segafredo team, Pirelli has reconfirmed its partner agreement with the Australian World Tour team Mitchelton-SCOTT, both for the male team and for the female roster.
The announcement coincides with Adam Yates’ victory at the UAE Tour, the team’s first result of the season in a stage race, with Annemiek Van Vleuten’s victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and after a successful 2019.
The team’s last season closed with three medals for its riders (wearing national colours) at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire: gold for Annemiek Van Vleuten, silver for Matteo Trentin and bronze for Amanda Spratt.
The first result of a performance testing and validation process between the two partners was the P ZERO Velo Tubular tyre. The renewal of the partnership confirms that the team will run again on Pirelli tubular tyres for 2020.
Pirelli adds that the P ZERO Velo Tubular, ‘born to face the most demanding conditions of the World Tour races, has proven to be premium rubber on all surfaces and in any specialty.’ The team, together with Pirelli technicians, is now working on further performance improvements as well as on the final tuning of the new P ZERO Velo tubeless.
‘Tubeless tyres have undoubted improvement performances compared to traditional tubulars, and for Pirelli, represent an innovation that is not only technical but also a change of paradigm.’
The Australian team, which is currently at the top of the UCI World Tour ranking, has been racing with Pirelli since 2018, just a few months after the brand re-launched in cycling, back in June 2017. Pirelli’s return to the bicycle world was seen as a natural step for the company, which boasts over 110 years of sports history alongside athletes and teams.