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POC become kit supplier to Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling team

Josh Cunningham
26 Oct 2016

POC Sports sign a three year deal with Cannondale-Drapac, replacing Castelli as the team's official kit supplier.

POC Sports have signed a three year deal with American pro cycling team Cannondale-Drapac, which will see the Swedish brand supply the team with kit from 1st January 2017 through 2019. 

The deal builds upon a relationship that began in 2014, when POC - a brand with its roots in gravity and winter sports - entered the road cycling scene with the then-called Garmin-Sharp, supplying the team with the instantly recognisable Octal helmet and Do Blade sunglasses. 

Since then the brand has been building up its apparel department, with a number of innovative releases and popular designs launched to the mass market, but without a shop window team to showcase them on. With the new deal, POC now finds itself the helmet, sunglasses, and apparel supplier to a WorldTour team.

'We are excited about the future and our continued partnership with the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team, especially as our experiences since 2014 have been very positive,' said head of product development at POC Sports, Oscar Huss. 'The team is packed full of cycling talent and we are really looking forward to supporting and helping them fulfil their on and off bikes objectives over the next three years. Likewise, as the team operates in a unique, high-performance environment we are constantly able to refine our equipment, ensuring that our products and the riders excel at the very highest level. Naturally the experience and feedback we gain is an important tool which allows us to continually improve, innovate and refine our award winning products and support our mission.'

Cannondale-Drapac's manager, Jonathan Vaughters, said: 'We’ve been partners with POC since the 2014 season and their innovation and support to the team has been critical in many of our achievements. I’m proud to call POC a partner, as they offer performance and quality, understand our needs perfectly and can support our future objectives. In addition, their mission, coupled with our overall approach to rider sustainability, is a true reflection on our goals with Cannondale-Drapac team riders. The emphasis POC puts on performance and safety is important to all of us on the team.'

So with POC in, that means Castelli is off. But where to? Do Gabbas come in black with a blue stripe? 

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