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Specialized to supply Deceuninck-QuickStep for two more years

Joe Robinson
28 May 2019

American bike brand to remain present in peloton with most successful team

Specialized will remain in WorldTour for at least another two years after signing a new deal with Deceuninck-QuickStep through to 2021. The American bike manufacturer will remain on board as the Belgian team's bike supplier while also supplying the team's wheels, helmets and shoes.  

In a statement, team manager Patrick Lefevere praised Specialized's willingness to work with the team's riders in developing its products.

'We are very happy to announce that we have signed for two more years with Specialized,' he said. 'Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized have had a long and beautiful history together, and having a company which listens to, embraces, and builds bikes and equipment to the needs of us and our riders is one of the keys to our success.

'We have no doubt we are racing the best bikes in the world and the support that we continually receive from them is unrivalled.

'They always take on board our thoughts and feedback and use it to develop equipment that is at the cutting edge of cycling technology. We look forward to enjoying many more memorable victories together.'

QuickStep's relationship with Specialized has already stretched 11 seasons achieving over 400 victories including six Monument wins. This year, the team has already taken 30 wins including Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

The success of the team is part of the reason for Specialized's decision to stay onboard, with the brand's marketing manager Scott Jackson stating that they hope to further develop their products together over the next two years.

'We have been very honoured to be partners with Deceuninck-QuickStep and for so many years. Not only has the team achieved iconic victories on Specialized bikes, they have also been a key part of our development process for our bikes and equipment,' Johnson said.

'As we look to the future of our company and our sport, we look to Patrick and his team to be key partners for success.'

Specialized worked closely with the Deceuninck-QuickStep team and riders such as Zdenek Stybar with the recently-launched S-Works Roubaix bike and its Futureshock suspension system.

The bike then won its debut race when Philippe Gilbert took Roubaix glory in April. This will also see Specialized retain its partnership with two WorldTour teams beyond 2019 with it already working with Bora-Hansgrohe.