Bianchi MTB team’s 26th season has officially started today, Friday, February 10th, with the official presentation staged at the Bianchi Cafè & Cycles in Milan, Italy. 2017 Team Bianchi Countervail’s seven riders and ambitions were unveiled in Milan, presenting new signing and Olympic bronze medallist Marco Aurelio Fontana, together with the confirmation of Stephane Tempier and Chiara Teocchi. As in 2016, Material Sciences Corporation (MSC) is the second major sponsor of the Bianchi MTB team, with the Countervail® brand: the innovative and patented viscoelastic carbon material which cancels the vibrations, exclusively integrated by Bianchi in the CV models.
BIANCHI AND COUNTERVAIL®: REVOLUTION IN THE MTB WORLD
"We are proud to present one of the most competitive pro racing teams in international mountain bike competition. We are confident that Tempier, Teocchi and our new addition Fontana can take us to the next level. Together with our proprietary Countervail® carbon material and our close cooperation with Materials Sciences Corporation, our Bianchi MTB racing team will continue to contribute to a long heritage of success", Bob Ippolito , Bianchi CEO, said.
Team Bianchi Countervail will keep on providing Bianchi with precious feedbacks to develop new and technologically revolutionary models.
“We are pleased to continue to co-sponsor the Bianchi Countervail Mountain Bike Team for the 2017 season. Through Bianchi's vision, they have utilized our Countervail® technology to deliver breakthrough performance across a broadening range of performance bikes. We look forward to an exciting 2017 season”, Materials Sciences Corporation Vice President commented.
ELITE – UNDER 23 TEAM
Led by team manager Massimo Ghirotto, Team Bianchi Countervail Elite-Under 23 roster for the new season consists of three bikers, two élites and one U23. Elites Marco Aurelio Fontana – the newcomer - and Stephane Tempier will focus on XC international calendar's top events (World and European championships, World Cup), while the Italian will also enter the Cyclocross season’s most important races. A bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics ( 5th place finisher in Beijing 2008), 3 World Championship titles on the Team Relay, gold medallist at the 2013 Team Relay European championships in Bern and multiple Italian cross-country and cyclo-cross champion, 32-year-old Fontana signed with Team Bianchi Countervail for two seasons.
Back to the Bianchi MTB Team in 2016, Stephane Tempier achieved six wins in the last season including the Internazionali d'Italia Series' GC, a Coupe de France VTT stage and the Gimondibike. Furthermore, he was second at Roc d'Azur and fifth at the Worlds in Nove Mesto and Vallnord's World Cup round. Turning 31 next March 5th, Tempier was also bronze medallist at XCO French National championships.
Gold and silver medallist at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing three years ago, Chiara Teocchi added new laurels to her palmares in 2016 by winning the Under 23 Women's XCO Italian title, the Under 23 European Cyclocross title and the Internazionali d'Italia MTB Series opening round and GC, before topping the Italian Cyclocross Under 23 Championships in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe and placing fifth in CX World Cup Italian round in Fiuggi, last month.
Bianchi Countervail’s Junior team is made up of four bikers, managed by Andrea Ferrero: Simone Minotti (2002), Marco Gozzi (2003), 12-year-old Fiammetta Allocca (2004) and new-entry Vadim Bodnarenko (2004) from Russia.
GIMONDI: "FONTANA IS A NUMBER 1, TEMPIER AND TEOCCHI WILL KEEP ON WINNING WITH US"
Team president Felice Gimondi presented Bianchi MTB team’s goals for the upcoming season: "This year we have signed the best Italian rider, Marco Aurelio Fontana, thanks to Bianchi's support and the determination of our CEO Bob Ippolito. Fontana was immediately involved and focused on our project. Considering his skills, I'm sure he will score important results and he is also a great communicator who will know how to make the value of our Bianchi bikes stand-out with him . We extended the contract with Tempier, a strong rider with solid performance and Chiara Teocchi, who started the Cyclocross season triumphing in the CX European Under 23 Women's race and she is expected to give us further satisfactions. As usual in our history and tradition, we'll also keep on investing on Junior Team's young talents".
Bianchi supplies the team with two high end carbon models with racing geometry: the revolutionary Methanol CV and Methanol 29.1 FS (full suspension).
First ever mountain bike frame enhanced with Bianchi's exclusive Countervail® vibration-cancelling technology developed for NASA by Material Science Corporation, the new Methanol CV sets new performance benchmarks as the fastest, most composed cross-country MTB ever created. Countervail®’s unique carbon fiber architecture and viscoelastic properties deliver total “After-Shock Control" by eliminating vibrations that pass through the suspension after impact and from trail buzz, delivering a new level of ride quality, with increased accuracy and reduced muscular fatigue.