Here is the list of who is riding what in 2014. You’ll find all the pro team bikes for the 18 World Tour teams and the 17 Pro Continental teams.
|Ag2r La Mondiale||Focus||Campagnolo||Fulcrum|
|Argos – Shimano||Giant||Shimano||Shimano|
|Belkin Pro Cycling||Bianchi||Shimano||Shimano|
|Garmin – Sharp||Cervélo||Shimano||Mavic|
|Orica – Greenedge||Scott||Shimano||Shimano|
|Lampre – Merida||Merida||Shimano||Fulcrum|
|Omega Pharma-Quick Step||Specialized||SRAM||Zipp|
|Trek Factory Racing||Trek||Shimano||Bontrager|
What’s new for 2014?
- There’s been a Dutch merry-go-round as Giant swaps Belkin for Argos-Shimano and Belkin pick up the Bianchi sponsorship left by Vacansoleil-DCM
- Germany’s Canyon now has two teams. It has been supplying Katusha but now sponsors Movistar after Pinarello decided to focus on Team Sky only
- Specialized supplying three teams; the US brand is part-owned by Merida who co-sponsor Lampre
- Have you heard of Pon? Probably not but the Dutch firm is the parent company of Cervélo and Focus meaning it’s behind two teams
- Colnago returns to the top thanks to Europcar
- As for groups, Shimano supplies 10 teams, Campagnolo five and three for SRAM. A contrast to 2011 when SRAM was the largest supplier of components with eight teams
As ever these deals are commercial and those adverts saying “the choice of” such and such rider? More like the sponsor offered the largest sum of money to the team and management said yes, riders rarely get a say in what they ride.
Note the other corporate relationships. Fulcrum is brand belonging to Campagnolo. SRAM owns Zipp and Quarq so a team sponsored by SRAM will normally use their sister components too. Similarly those with full Shimano sponsorship have to take the full package of Pro components and Shimano wheelsets.
Overall there’s doesn’t seem to be a big change in bike technology for 2014, just a few new frame models. We’ve still got €10,000 top of the line bikes that rely on 10 cent cable ties to strap the CPU for electronic gearing to the stem.
UCI Pro Continental teams
|Bretagne – Séché Environnement||Kemo||FSA||Vision|
|Caja Rural – Seguros RGA||Vivelo||Rotor||FFWD|
|CCC Polsat Polkowice||Guerciotti||Shimano||-|
|Drapac Professional Cycling||Swift||SRAM||Zipp|
|IAM Cycling||Scott||Shimano||DT Swiss|
|MTN – Qhubeka||Trek||SRAM||Zipp|
|Team NetApp – Endura||Fuji||Shimano||Oval|
|Team Novo Nordisk||Colnago||Shimano||Shimano|
|Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise||Merckx||Campagnolo||3T|
|Wanty – Gobert||Kuota||-||Fulcrum|
Note several teams don’t have comprehensive sponsorship deals to cover everything and consequently they use a mix-and-match of parts, for example Rotor chainsets with Campagnolo gears and brakes for Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Garmin-Sharp are sponsored by Mavic and Rotor and buy their Shimano parts.
On the subject of incomplete sets, the list above is provisional and based on a mix of enquiries, and trawling Twitter and Facebook in the last few days and the info might be out of date. Suggestions for updates and corrections are welcome.