It’s been whispered about in the peloton for quite a while, but now it’s official: Team Sunweb will ride on Cervélo bikes in 2019. The announcement was accompanied by this video, giving us a tongue-in-cheek idea of how the partnership began…

On the same day as the partnership announcement, Cervélo launched its latest high-end road bike—the S5—which has test teams’ mouths watering across the globe.

“We’re very excited to partner with Team Sunweb, for us it’s the perfect match in ambition and performance,” said Richard Keeskamp, Sports Marketing Director at Cervélo. “The team is word-class and active in a wide range of fields and disciplines with men, women and U23 programs—competitive in the one-day races, time trials, sprints and grand tours, which requires very specific equipment to be able to make the difference over competition. It challenges us to raise the bar even further in developing and delivering new and state-of-art technologies.”

The new S5

Keeskamp added: “We proudly launch the new S5, which heralds a new era for our company and stunning advances in aero and engineering technology for Team Sunweb’s riders. The partnership will allow us excellent R&D opportunities to continue to develop new technologies in close cooperation with the team, benefiting from their feedback and experience.”

On Cervélo bikes, Team Sunweb have prospects of taking things to the next level in 2019. Team Sunweb CEO, Iwan Spekenbrink said: “We’re thrilled to welcome one of the most high-tech brands in the industry to our team. Having the resources and knowledge at hand to make our equipment lighter, better and faster will make the difference.”