Argon 18 (Canada) – Argon 18 introduced the line-up of bikes for Astana Pro Team at a press conference to open the partnership with the long-standing UCI World Tour team. The 2017 Astana Pro Team’s Argon 18 bikes feature new colors with splashes of the iconic Astana blue and yellow.
“Our bikes are the result of long experience and know-how, and that is what differentiates us from other manufacturers”, says Gervais Rioux, Founder and CEO of Argon 18. “We have managed to combine the knowledge of cycling’s tradition with modernity and technology, and this is what made us successful. Being a specialty brand, we are the perfect partners to step up to the next level with the development of our products. Meanwhile, the team has a partner who will progress with them. The goal is to mutually challenge each other in order to improve everybody’s performance. We feel there is a great commitment from their part, and it motivates us even more.”
Argon 18 is joined in the Astana Pro Team partnership with Quebec-based Premier Tech. With offices in 24 countries and current endeavours in cycling on various levels, partnering with the world class Astana Pro Team program along side Argon 18 was the perfect timing for the growing company. Driven by the collective power of three division groups – Horticulture and Agriculture, Industrial Equipment, and Environmental Technologies – Premier Tech is a leading innovator with increasing global reach.
“To have Premier Tech join us further adds to the activation and growth of our brands on a global level,” Rioux added.
Astana Pro Team will be riding the Gallium Pro, along with the Nitrogen Pro and E-118 Next. Giordana Cycling Apparel makes their return to the UCI World Tour with a collaborative design to pair with the bikes for the 2017 season. Astana Pro Team will wear the new FR-C® Pro collection of technical apparel from Giordana for all racing and training activities beginning in January 2017.
About Astana Pro Team:
Astana Pro Team is a Kazakh squad that was formed in 2006. Led by Alexandr Vinokurov, the most famous and successful cyclist in the history of Kazakhstan and one of the greatest sportsman ever in his country, the team has a Grand Tour talent in the shape of Fabio Aru, who won the 2015 Vuelta a España after placing second in the Giro behind Alberto Contador earlier that year.
About Premier Tech:
Premier Tech has been cultivating passion for more than 90 years, driven by the collective power of its 3,500-team members in 24 countries. Leveraging its human capital as well as a deeply rooted Culture revolving around innovation and excellence, Premier Tech focuses its efforts in three core industries: Horticulture and Agriculture, Industrial Equipment and Environmental Technologies, and we are continually growing around the world! Committed to the long-term success of its clients, Premier Tech today records sales of nearly 675 million dollars, backed by a strong manufacturing and commercial expertise, a far-reaching entrepreneurial approach and a quarter century-long track record of solid growth. We are the Premier Tech team.