Riders aren’t the only players on the market for 2023 with bike suppliers also on the merry-go-round when it comes to signing new contracts and switching teams.
The situation at most of the top-tier teams looks relatively settled with the likes of Jumbo-Visma, UAE Team Emirates, and Ineos Grenadiers all locked into long-term deals for the next season with the current partners.
The status of Arkéa Samsic and its bike supplier looks a little less clear, however.
The French team has its current flock of bikes supplied by Canyon but VeloNews has heard from two independent sources that the team will change bikes for next season, with Bianchi linked with a possible takeover. Arkéa is set for a move into the WorldTour for next season due to their haul of UCI points.
When approached by VeloNews , Arkéa denied that they would be changing bikes next year with a team spokesperson categorically denying that they would be working with Bianchi in 2023, and stating that they would be racing on Canyon bikes for the new year.
Such a strong declaration seems quite strong at this point given the fact that Canyon would later tell VeloNews that no contract was in place for next year with the brand also refusing to confirm whether a deal would be signed or not. Canyon also supplies bikes to Movistar and Alpecin Fenix.A spokesperson for Canyon told VeloNews via text: “There’s nothing confirmed either way from our side on Arkéa.”Bianchi, one of the oldest and most […]