Giant Bicycles take over Argos-Shimano

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Giant Bicycles have taken over sponsorship from Argos after their deal came to an end to make the new team name Giant-Shimano, reports Sky Sports.

Giant will take the place of Argos who have been sponsoring the team since April 2012.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has signed a multi-year deal which will include supplying the team with bikes.

The Dutch squad unveiled their new team kit today, which is white, blue and black and will look to emulate their impressive first season in the World Tour.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel won four stages of the Tour de France in the summer for Argos-Shimano including winning of the Champs-Elysees to deny fellow countryman Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish.

Giant have previously had a sponsorship deal with the Belkin Pro Cycling team which is a competitor in many of the major tours.

The newly named team will debut when they race in the Tour Down Under which takes place between the 19th-26th January.

Their riders will include: Marcek Kittel, Thomas Peterson, Nikias Arndt, Thierry Hupond, Johannes Frohlinger, Koen De Kort, and Simon Geschke.

Since the team was founded in 2005 it has had four different names, the longest serving being Skil Shimano which lasted from 2006-2011.

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