Team Acqua & Sapone will ride FOCUS Bikes in 2012
Special Edition of Izalco
From 2012 the Italian Team Acqua & Sapone will be racing on FOCUS bikes. FOCUS will terminate the current cooperation with Team Katusha at the end of 2011. As technical sponsor FOCUS delivers in association with professional partners first class equipment and provides Team Aqua & Sapone with a special edition of the IZALCO race series.
Starting 2012, FOCUS will support the Acqua & Sapone Team as technical sponsor. The successful Italian team has a clear target for 2012: Chasing victories in the season opening classics such as Milan-San Remo or the Tour of Flanders.
“Being a Premium Brand, it is for us very important to have an ongoing cooperation with leading professional teams in order to use their professional feedback for the development of our products – following our motto: by professionals for professionals” says Herwig Reus, Global Sport Sponsoring FOCUS Bikes. FOCUS confides on professional partners such as SRAM, FSA, Continental, Prologo, Elite and Garmin to ensure that Acqua & Sapone can go on trophy hunt with first class equipment.
Acqua & Sapone has a good team composition. With a healthy mixture of young talented riders and experienced professionals around the veteran Stefano Garzelli, the direction is set for interesting races with the world´s best teams – ensured by an appealing race program with the most important classics and the Giro d´Italia. To manage this successfully, FOCUS and its partners have provided the Acqua & Sapone Team with a special edition of the IZALCO race series.
The current cooperation between FOCUS and Team Katusha however ends by the end of 2011. “Unfortunately we had different views on the strategy for the team and its implementation with the races” explains Reus. “The riders were convinced by the equipment – eventually two ex-Katusha riders wanted to introduce FOCUS to their new teams as technical supplier.