Jared Graves chez Spécialized !

C'est désormais officiel. Nombreux d'entre vous le voyaient remplacer Barel chez Canyon... et bien non, c'est bien chez Spécialized que la légende vivante va rouler en 2016.

Le Champion du Monde d'Enduro 2014 va donc pouvoir tout donner pour tenter de reprendre son titre à son ancien team-mate, le jeune Ritchie Rude.

Jared Roulera tout comme le team sur :
- Châssis
- Roues Roval + pneumatiques
- Selles et composants specialized
- Casques + chaussures
- Textile

Une belle fuite de visuels le montrant avec un casque Spé puis une photo d'un Enduro Sworks avec son nom dessus auront surement précipité l'annonce du nouveau partenariat, mais ce n'est pas grave, tout le monde aurait été au courant un jour où l'autre!

Il rejoint donc l'américain Curtis Keene (en mal de résultats) et "remplace" Anneke Beerten partie chez GT.

Voilà vous savez tout.

On attend cependant l'autre GROSSE news chez Spécialized, c'est à dire un échange de GROS pilotes... Tout le monde semble être au courant mais personne ne sait vraiment si les rumeurs sont vraies. Aaaaarrgghhh le stress, on n'en peut plus!

VOICI LE COMMUNIQUE OFFICIEL:
"MORGAN HILL, Calif., December 16, 2015—Specialized is extremely excited to announce that the 2014 Enduro World Series Champion, Jared Graves, has joined the Specialized Racing Factory Enduro team. Graves' accomplishments on the bicycle are unrivaled, having garnered countless Enduro World Series, 4-Cross, Dual Slalom, and Downhill victories—he was even selected to represent Australia in BMX at the 2008 Olympics, where he went on to finish an impressive 6th. Needless to say, he's one of the hardest working professional athletes in cycling.

“I am so stoked to join forces with Specialized. No other brand has the full complement of top-shelf bikes and gear and the level of commitment to success. The whole team is set up really well with the best support, the best mechanics, and the best teammates. Racing with my old buddy, Curtis Keene, is going to be unreal. We have been buds forever, and now to be teammates, I am confident we can help each other and both become better riders through the process,” said Graves.

Graves will be racing primarily aboard the Enduro 650b and relying on Roval wheels, Specialized 2FO shoes, Ambush and Dissident helmets, plus Specialized apparel, gloves, and tires.

Gavin Noble, Manager of the Specialized Racing Factory Mountain Bike program, had this to say about Graves joining the team, “Jared is pure class—you won’t find another athlete that trains as hard or puts as much into his efforts as him. There's a reason why Jared has always been up front and it's no secret—he's not afraid to put in the hard work in order to consistently get the results. Besides that, he's a gentleman off the bike and can always be counted on to be the life of the party. We're beyond excited to welcome him to the team and look forward to making some great memories together.”

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