Canyon is now the headline sponsor of three UCI World Cup DH teams; the Canyon CLLCTV Factory Team, the Canyon CLLCTV FMD Team and now the newly launched Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli DH Team. While those well-established teams, featuring the likes of Troy Brosnan and Tahnee Seagrave, set their sights on the sport’s top honors, the Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli DH team will concentrate on supporting emerging talents.
The young team of four male riders will be headed up by DH Veteran Roberto Vernassa, with DH Legend Fabien Barel working away in the background providing priceless mentorship. The team comprises Italian Loris Revelli, previous National DH and Enduro Champion, the young American gravity hopeful Dante Silva, the French Antoine Pierron, younger brother of Amaury Pierron, and the promising German Junior rider Henri Kiefer.
All will race Downhill events aboard the Canyon Sender CFR with rubber supplied by Pirelli. The team photos show a stack of the Pirelli Scorpion prototype gravity tires we spotted at the EWS in Scotland. With the rubber compounds and casings still under development, it’s likely this team of young riders will provide invaluable feedback toward the final production tires.
“The new team is the result of an ambitious project to find the next generation of top-level racers. I believe we have put together a team of athletes with great prospects and skills. It’s exciting to see these self- supported riders who, today, thanks to Pirelli, Canyon and Dainese, are making an important leap into professional racing. In my opinion, many of them will soon be climbing the top ranks” – Fabien Barel.