Here’s the Press Release from Lapierre…
Lapierre has been an active member of the international race circuit for many years now. For 2010 the French company has decided to take their sponsoring activities to the next level in order to reflect their export ambitions by creating a new “Team Lapierre International”, composed of the world’s best DH, Enduro and XC riders.
Sam Blenkinsop (NZ):
A young rider (21 years old), Sam already has a long list of podiums and even a World Cup victory under his belt. Talented, humble, and fast, Sam will be the leader of the new DH team.
“I’m excited to ride for Lapierre next season. It’s going to be great to ride alongside 10 times World Champ Nico Vouilloz, someone I really respect. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone on the team. I reckon the bike is the best looking bike out there and I can’t wait to start testing next month. After learning so much with my last team, I’m really look forward to this new chapter in my career with Lapierre”.
Sam is personally sponsored by Adidas Eyewear, Five Ten and Skull Candy.
Nicolas Vouilloz (FR):
Know as E.T. on the race circuit, the nickname is more than fitting for the man known for his incredibly clean speed. Nicolas has decided to participate in the 2010 Enduro races, along with a selection of prestigious rally car races (Monte Carlo and San Remo). Known for his attention to detail, you’ll also probably catch him hanging out at the DH race paddocks this year in his role as product developer for Lapierre.
Nicolas is personally sponsored by Bos Suspensions and the Alpe d’Huez ski and MTB resort.
Sam Flockhart (UK):
Even though he was still in the junior category last year, Sam finished 15th in the overall of the Maxxis Cup in 2009! Determined, a hard worker, and virtually fearless, Lapierre has added this young and talented British rider to its roster. His main objective will be to learn from his more experienced teammates, Sam and Nico.
Cross country riders:
As was previously announced, the XC team will be composed of three French riders: Alexis Vuillermoz (2nd place at the 2009 U23 World Championships and current U23 French national champion), Cécile Ravanel (2008 and 2009 French national champion), and Cédric Ravanel (6th place at the 2009 World Championships).
All three riders finished the 2009 season strong and will continue to work
towards the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
Team Lapierre International will be present at the World Cups, French Cups, the Sea Otter Classic, Whistler Festival, Enduro Series, and the various national and international championships.