When Tailwind Sports decided to pull the plug on its pro cycling team instead of finding a sponsor to replace Discovery Channel, the cyclists weren't the only ones left out in the cold.
Trek Bicycles had been the official bike for the Discovery team, and before that the US Postal Service team. The bike company that helped put Lance Armstrong in yellow seven times was suddenly left without a team.
So with 2007 Tour winner Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer and other Disco teammates, as well as manager Johan Bruyneel, jumping over to Astana, I suppose it made sense for Trek to supply bicycles to the Kazahkstan-based team.
Trek is upgrading the Madone series of OCLV Carbon bikes for the Astana team. Specifically, the Astana team will be riding the Madone 6.9 , a bicycle that would cost more than $8,000 for you or me to buy from Trek. However, the bikes will be equipped with the 1,928 gram SRAM Red road gruppo, which increases their value dramatically.
For time trial events, Trek is supplying the Equinox TTX.
Meanwhile, Astana teammates meet and greet and do some bicycling for pre-season training in Spain — reported by PezCycling.
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