The team's contract runs for two years and the squad will compete in the World Cup, the World Championships and all major international and European mountain bike races. The Siemens mobile and Cannondale logos will be featured prominently on the race jersey, the three Cannondale race bikes (the Gemini for downhill, the Jekyll for four-cross and the Scalpel for cross-country), team post-race clothing and the five team vehicles. Cedric Gracia's participation at the Red Bull Ride last week in Australia marked the official debut of the new Siemens mobile/Cannondale team.
Rolf Beisswanger, vice-president and head of Global Sponsoring Siemens mobile, voiced his excitement about the new team. "This high-level team has huge potential and will race among the best. The riders are all technically sophisticated and need partners that they can rely on. Now they have high-performance bikes, the communication equipment they need, and one of the most successful team leaders. This really sets new standards in mountain bike racing."
Saskia Stock, Cannondale Europe's vice-president of marketing, was equally excited about the team. "Cannondale is very proud to be involved with Siemens mobile and Rainer-Wurz.com. We feel this cooperation between three outstanding companies will set the standard for mountain bike racing teams," said Stock. "We have a long, successful history in the mountain bike racing world and we think this team raises the bar once again."
Alex Wurz, of Rainer-Wurz.com expressed his enthusiasm, "We are delighted to have two such strong and professional team partners in Cannondale and Siemens mobile. Cannondale has a very successful history in mountain bike racing and brings a wealth of experience to the team. I think it reflects very positively on the sport that, even in the current economic climate, major global companies such as Siemens mobile are seeing mountain biking as a strong marketing platform."
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