LOOK Cycle and CORIMA Wheels have announced a new partnership with the UCI pro team Gazprom-RusVelo. The latest sponsorship deal will see the team using both LOOK and CORIMA products in a multi-year deal commencing in 2022.
Gazprom-RusVelo will be equipped with LOOK and CORIMA products across the 2022 calendar, including for the legendary WorldTour races.
The team will deploy the exceptionally stiff and reactive 795 Blade RS Pro Team, the ultra-light 785 Huez RS Pro Team, and the ultra-stiff, fully integrated 796 Monoblade RS Pro Team for time trial stages. The bikes will be fitted with LOOK KEO BLADE Cromoly and TI pedals and feature wheels from CORIMA – the aerodynamic, hand-built carbon MCC DX and WS black DX.
Continuing his contract with Gazprom-RusVelo for the 2022 season is two-time Giro d’Italia stage winner and General Classification Tour de Romandie winner, Ilnur Zakarin (Russia). Joining the team for 2022 are talented racers including José Manuel Diaz (Spain) and Alessandro Fedeli (Italy), who are transferring from LOOK-sponsored Team Delko; Andréa Piccolo (Italy) who transfers from CORIMA-sponsored Astana-Premier Tech; Kevin Rivera (Costa Rica) and Nicola Conci (Italy).
Raphael Jeune, Sponsoring Manager of LOOK Cycle said: “LOOK Cycle Group and Corima wheels are proud to announce a partnership with Gazprom-RusVelo, a team competing within the UCI pro team category. Having been pedal partners since the creation of Gazprom-RusVelo and sharing the same objectives and ambitions, it only feels natural that these two entities have come together to create a legacy based on performance. Our goal is to make our team colours shine throughout the world.”
Renat Khamidulin, General Manager of Gazprom-RusVelo said: “It’s time for a new chapter in the history of our team. We are glad that next season we will be competing on the bicycles of the world-renowned French manufacturers LOOK & CORIMA. This change adds motivation to each of us. The team, LOOK, and CORIMA have shared values and are committed to our goals. I am certain that it will be a beneficial collaboration and we will achieve great results together.”
Inventor of the clipless pedal in 1986, the first carbon frame and the first track carbon monobloc frame in 1985, LOOK is a worldwide leader in cycling innovation and craftsmanship, with unequalled in-house experience in carbon design. An independent, historic and iconic French company, LOOK’s head office in Nevers, Burgundy is the cultural home of the brand and where all product design and development takes place. LOOK’s pedals, electric bikes, and T20 track bikes are produced in France.
Alongside elegance and craftsmanship, LOOK’s heritage continues to be defined by performance. On the road, more than 600 Grand Tour stages, 50 Jerseys, and 25 overall victories have been won by riders using LOOK pedals; while more than 100 Grand Tour stages have been won by riders using LOOK frames. A partner to the French Cycling Federation since 1988, LOOK operates both Team LOOK Criterium and Team LOOK Gravel, who face the most challenging fixie and gravel races around the world.
In mountain biking, cyclo-cross and cross country LOOK supports a number of riders and teams, while LOOK bikes and pedals are also ridden by globally-recognised and champion triathletes. In the velodrome: 17 Olympic titles and more than 60 Olympic medals; 3 Paralympic titles and 8 Paralympic medals; 3 world records, more than 90 UCI World Champion titles, and more than 230 UCI World Champion medals have been secured by LOOK riders.
For more information about LOOK, visit www.lookcycle.com
Corima was founded in 1973 by Pierre Jean Martin and Jean-Marie Riffard, and is based in Loriol sur Drôme, France.
Originally experts in the making of moulds and models for the foundry, automobile and aeronautics sectors, in 1988 CORIMA diversified into the production of carbon composite parts and launched its first product for the cycling sector: the track disc wheel. It quickly developed a full range of hand-built carbon wheelsets for road and track cycling, as well as state of the art time trial frames, from its R&D and production site in Loriol.
In the past 32 years, CORIMA has earned its place at the top of professional cycling, with overall success in all three Grand Tours as well as at the Olympic Games. On the road, CORIMA is a long-term partner of Team Astana. Trust and product reliability are the values which have enabled these long-term partnerships to flourish.