The AG2R LA MONDIALE team will compete during the 2019 and 2020 seasons on Eddy Merckx bikes. Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team, and Jochim Aerts, CEO and owner of Belgian Cycling Factory, have agreed to a two-year contract, with the option of a two-year extension.
Vincent Lavenu : “High-end equipment”
“We are proud to partner up for two seasons with Eddy Merckx bikes. Throughout our discussions, I appreciated the professionalism and the mindset of the management team, which is committed to providing our team with high-performance equipment. Our two companies are driven by common values as well as the search for performance, and we are confident that the relationship will be strong and fruitful. We will have access to very high-end equipment, which is exactly what we are looking for in order to achieve the highest sporting goals when racing all over the world. Personally, I am happy to see the name of Eddy Merckx, one of my childhood idols, appear on the jerseys and bikes of our team. We thank Factor for the quality of the material that that brand has provided us for the past two seasons, and we wish them great commercial and sporting success in the future.”VINCENT LAVENU
Jochim Aerts, CEO of Belgian Cycling Factory : “A great opportunity”
“It’s really marvelous news for our bike brand. Timing couldn’t be better either. Next year, the Tour de France will start in Brussels, with Eddy Merckx himself as the main guest. It will be 50 years ago Eddy has won his first Tour de France. The riders of AG2R La Mondiale will be the first to race with the 525, our new top-of-the line bike. The team is giving us the great opportunity to show to the entire world our Merckx bikes are once again at a world-class level. Without compromising our ‘Modern Heritage’ identity! And, take a look at the bike. The minimalistic lifestyle design of the AG2R La Mondiale team bike is already the perfect example.”Jochim Aerts
Eddy Merckx : “The perfect tribute”
“I’m proud to have a UCI WorldTour team riding Eddy Merckx bikes at the Tour de France next year as a perfect tribute to the 50th anniversary of my first Tour victory.”Eddy Merckx
The new 525 is going to be the new flagship model of the Eddy Merckx collection. The bike will have the same distinctive, minimalistic artwork with striking, lifestyle colors, just as the other Merckx bikes. “The 525 weighs 6,8kg . We’ve managed to create a very light bike and our tests have shown the new 525 is performing brilliantly in the wind tunnel as well,” tells Toon Wils, R&D engineer Belgian Cycling Factory.
Eddy Merckx bikes is completely ready for a new future within the Belgian Cycling Factory. The plan is to expertly combine the unique Eddy Merckx bike design with BCF’s rich, proven history of technological know-how. The unparalleled career of Eddy Merckx is the source of inspiration for the Eddy Merckx bikes brand. It is not only his achievements as the best cyclist of all time that are inspiring, but also his career as a successful race bike creator.
The components of Eddy Merckx 525
Tires : VREDESTEIN
Pedals : LOOK
Kit stem-handlebar : DEDA
Crank – power meter : ROTOR
Chain : KMC
Cycling computer : LEZYNE
Bar tape : LIZARD SKINS
Bottle cages: ELITE