Factor Bikes announced that in 2017 they will enter the World Tour as the official bike supplier to AG2R La Mondiale Team.
AG2R La Mondiale saw great success throughout the 2016 season with a solo stage vicotry in the Tour de France by Romain Bardet, which catepulted the young rider into second on the overall General Classification.
Co-owner of Factor Bikes and former professional cyclist, Baden Cooke, is excited to join ranks with the French team. “We hope this partnership will help Romain Bardet become the first Frenchman to win the Tour de France since Bernard Hinault in 1985,” said Cooke.
Factor Bikes Test Pilot, David Millar, reiterated Baden Cooke stating: “I hope the bikes and experience we bring can help AG2R La Mondiale and Romain Bardet, one of the most exciting racers in the peloton, win the Tour de France.”
For the upcoming season, AG2R La Mondiale will race on the new range of Factor Bikes – the Factor O2, Factor ONE, Factor ONE-S and the soon-to-be released time trial bike, the Factor Slick.
AG2R La Mondiale General Manager, Vincent Lavenu, said: “A partnership with a new brand of bicycles is always an adventure. We approach this collaboration with great enthusiasm. We feel with Factor, we will be surrounded by highly motivated people, we are certain that they bikes that have been proposed as well as the technology and the skill set that will be put to our service, will allow our leaders to shine at the highest global level operating on very high quality bikes.”
Factor replaces Focus as the team’s supplier. With Factor’s bikes currently sporting Shimano components, it seems like that the Japanese manufacturer will oust SRAM too.