David Vazquez Confirmed As Lead Rider For Team Lapierre

Nov 27, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
Today came the official announcement out of France that Team Lapierre DH Powered By Saab Salomon has engaged World Cup legend David Vazquez to be their lead rider for their brand new team. The 28 year old Vazquez, who has won many titles in his career, will be joined by one of the youngest riders on the 2008 international circuit, Danny Hart of the UK, in his first year as a junior racer. Also named on the team is endurance downhiller Greg Doucende of France. The team will be operated by the newly formed Pure Agency in France.David's 2007 season was his best in recent years, winning the European Downhill Championships, finishing 2nd at the Vigo World Cup, and is currently ranked No.5 in the world.

After a long term partnership with the successful Team Maxxis and Team MSC, who are also based in Barcelona, Spain, David felt it was time for a change of direction:

"I'm very excited about this new and innovative partnership. To be leading this new international program with major partners like Saab, Salomon and of course Lapierre, and with the behind-the-scenes expertise of ex-World Cup racers like Nicolas Vouilloz and Cyril Lagneau, this will be a brand new chapter in my career. I also feel that my recent change in form, mainly due to my coach Tomi Misser who is still as fast as he was when he was winning World Cups, has made a big difference to me. I am really excited about racing for my new team in 2008".

The team will focus on the Saab Salomon Avalanche Trophy series, the UCI World Cup and other select major mountain bike events.

Gilles Lapierre, the Managing Director of Lapierre spoke on the new team:

"It's a professional structure with international ambitions, which is in perfect harmony with the expansion strategy of Lapierre. The reputation of the members of Pure Agency also made it an easy decision, we are confident that they will create the proper structure and opportunities in order to achieve our objectives."

The team will use the new Lapierre DH-200 (FPS2 Technology) and the Spicy (OST Technology). Other technical co-sponsors of the team include Mavic Wheels, Fox Suspension, Hutchinson Tyres, Shimano Brakes and Drive Train, E-Thirteen Chain Retention Systems, Easton Stems and Handlebars and Seat Posts, Selle Italia Saddles, and Giro Helmets.

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 I think there are two different French teams riding Lapierres, one under Saab Salomon and one under Subaru. Nico, Barel, Jonnier, and maybe Anne-Caro are all supposedly going to the Subaru team, and it looks like Vazquez will be on the Saab Salomon one.
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 Well as all the old team (and sponsors...) at French brand Q-Bikes have just jumped ship to LP.... Could FB be heading up the new Q team?
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 I thought Fabien Barrel was also going to Lapierre. Yes/No?
Is he staying at Kona Les Gets?
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 at least he's not going to mongoose like steve.
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 There is no Kona Les Gets team next year...
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 yeah, fabien is gone... he's retired he won't be riding for anyone he was the only guy keeping kona alive on the WC circuit, their bikes blow
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 guys... accroding to NSMB he won't be racing anymore its done for him

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 Umm...how did you reach that conclusion from that article? It says he's leaving Kona, not retiring.
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 there´s not directly said that he´s retiring, but also not directly that he will move on... it would be sad
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 fabien barels riding for his own team called subaru mondraker worlds mountain bikeing team
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 He is on the Lapierre team as well.
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 No, he's on Subaru but there's been no announcement of what rig he'll be riding.
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 sunn mabey?
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 Cool bikes?!

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