New Tires for Garmin-Cervélo?

Photo by GRAHAM WATSON 2011/Courtesy of Slipstream Sports

While perusing Team Garmin-Cervelo’s Flickr photostream the other day, I noticed something interesting. First of all, even though Garmin’s sponsored by Mavic for wheels and tires, the squad still appears to be using several sets of Vittoria tubulars for the classics. That’s not a big deal as teams often have clauses in their sponsor agreement allowing them to use material from non-sponsors for certain applications—especially when the sponsors have no equivalent product to offer.

That said, look closely at the photo of Roger Hammond above. His tires appear to be a model from neither of the two brands. The chalky sidewalls call to mind FMB or Dugast, popular choices with several road teams in the classics as of late. But why would only Hammond get a set? These tires must be a prototype, something to be tested by an experienced rider, but not one looking to win the race.

Then yesterday, this article from Cyclingnews mentioned a not-so-secret Paris-Roubaix recon ride for the Garmin boys and the testing of a new bike and tires. Now I’m not a mathematician, but I do know how to put 2 and 2 together. In this case, does it all add up to new set of tires from Mavic or Vittoria?

It’s only speculation at this point, but it’s an interesting question nonetheless. Share your thoughts and comments below—what’s your favorite spring gear?

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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