The GIANT communique........Shimano too!

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  1. T-Mobile and Jan Ullrich to Ride Giant TCR Bikes for 2004.

    [Las Vegas, Nevada] Giant Bicycles is proud to announce that the T-Mobile first division (Trade 1)
    Road Race team will be riding Giant bicycles as of the 2004 season.A contract has been agreed to
    between Giant Europe’s President Jan Derksen and Walter Godefroot, Sporting Director of the T-Mobile
    team. This partnership further cements the relationship between Giant Bicycles and T-Mobile whose
    Mountain Bike Team is already riding on Giant’s Composite NRS bikes for their 2003 season.

    Said Tony Lo, President of Giant, Inc, “We are delighted that one of the most successful teams in
    road cycling has selected Giant to be their weapon of choice for the coming years”.

    It will be a busy year for both Giant and T-Mobile with a full calendar of road races planned for
    2004, including the the European Classics such as Paris Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold
    race and the three Grand Tours: the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta en Espana.

    The team, which includes current UCI points leader Erik Zabel, currently rides under the Telekom
    colours but will change its name to T-Mobile beginning January 1st.

    T-Mobile will start 2004 with their usual training camp in January. During the coming season, they
    will be given the latest innovative bikes, including a special one for the Classics as well as a
    successor to the highly respected TCR Composite frame that is currently available.

    Giant, one of the few bicycles companies which designs, develops and manufactures all their material
    in-house, has close to twenty years of experience with composite materials.

    Said T- Mobile Cycling Chief Walter Godefroot, “For some time we have been following Giant’s
    significant technical expertise and the continuous innovations they bring to their bikes, and we
    feel lucky and confident that we have secured this leading bicycle manufacturing as our partner. We
    feel with their backing we can make another step forward next year”.

    Added Tony Lo, “During the last few years we have made a reputation with our time trial bike where
    we have won many stages at the leading tours. We are therefore very excited and looking forward to
    see that leading time trial specialists like Jan Ullrich and Santiago Botero will be riding our time
    trial bikes”.

    The Team bike will be built with the latest ten-speed Dura Ace group from Shimano. Giant also plans
    to make a team replica version available for customers through their professional cycling retailers.

    This also is the end of a very successful relationship Giant has enjoyed with the ONCE team. Said
    Giant Sports Marketing Manager Tom Davies, “Whilst we are very excited to partner with T-Mobile for
    next season, we are sad that the ONCE Eroski team could not continue for 2004. Manolo Saiz and his
    team of riders and support crew was part of our family and we have had some great times together.
    They have certainly been instrumental over the past six years in helping establish Giant into
    becoming a leading bicycle innovator. Their feedback allowed us to build better bikes, and for that
    we are eternally grateful”.

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