Wahoo Fitness states that it is charging into the 2020 professional racing season, supporting more pro teams than ever before. The maker of GPS cycling computers and smart indoor training ecosystems has added 2019 UCI World Classification winners Deceunick-Quickstep to its roster for this season, along with French teams AG2R and Arkea-Samsic. Wahoo will also expand its relationship with Team INEOS and BORA-Hansgrohe.
“We’re very excited to be working with so many of the world’s very best bike racers,” said Wahoo CEO Mike Saturnia. “Having the opportunity to sponsor six top-level teams with products spanning our complete range is incredibly exciting, but it’s also an incredible responsibility – these athletes demand the best equipment that will allow them to reach top form, and come into each race fully prepared.
“Our KICKR indoor training ecosystem, ELEMNT GPS computers, TICKR heart rate monitors, and Speedplay pedals are the best equipment available, and will greatly enhance all of our athletes’ performance this season, and for years to come.”
Deceunick-Quickstep, home to Julian Alaphilippe, who electrified the 2019 Tour de France on his way to a fifth-place finish, will join the Wahoo family for the first time, using Wahoo’s ELEMNT range of GPS cycling computers to track training and racing data. The team will also ride with Wahoo’s TICKR heart rate monitor.
Seven-time Tour de France winners Team INEOS will continue to warm up with Wahoo’s indoor cycling ecosystem, and will now also rely on the Wahoo TICKR to track riders’ heart rate. The team also has the ability to train at home with the complete Wahoo ecosystem, consisting of the KICKR smart trainer, HEADWIND smart fan, and CLIMB indoor grade simulator.
Starting this year, BORA-Hansgrohe, team of three-time World Champion Peter Sagan, will trust its pre-race warm ups and indoor training to Wahoo’s indoor training ecosystem. The complete ecosystem available for BORA-Hansgrohe’s use includes Wahoo’s KICKR smart trainer, the HEADWIND connected fan, and CLIMB grade simulator. The team will also continue to train and race with Wahoo’s ELEMNT BOLT GPS computer, and TICKR heart rate monitor.
With its acquisition of Speedplay pedals, Wahoo notes that it has the opportunity to extend its support to teams that are already committed to other GPS computer or trainer makers. For the 2020 season, Team EF-Education First, the only US-based Pro Tour team, will be racing with Speedplay pedals.
In addition, Wahoo will support the French continental professional teams AG2R La Mondiale and Arkea-Samsic. Both teams will ride with the ELEMNT BOLT and TICKR.
French standout Romain Bardet, winner of the 2019 Tour de France climber’s classification, and third-place finisher in the 2017 Tour, anchors AG2R La Mondiale. Nairo Quintana, the Colombian rider who has stood on the podium of multiple grand tours and won the young riders’ classification in the 2013 and 2015 Tours de France, as well as the climber’s classification in 2013, will ride as leader of Arkea-Samsic.
The confirmation of these partnerships follow the announcement earlier this month that Wahoo will also support the Italian UCI Women’s World Tour Team, Alé BTC Ljubljana, for the 2020 season.