Cam Cole Signs To Lapierre For 2011

World Cup downhill rider Cameron "Cam" Cole will be on-board a Lapierre in 2011 alongside fellow New Zealander Sam Blenkinsop.

Overcoming a season-ending broken wrist in 2010, Cameron Cole (22), of Christchurch, New Zealand, has banked his top-10 consistency of 2010 by signing with the Lapierre International team for his 2011 World Cup and World Championship campaigns.

In 2010 Cole posted three top-10 World Cup finishes with the Maxxis-Rocky Mountain team including two podiums and finished the season at eighth in the UCI rankings.

His success did not go unnoticed with French team Lapierre jumping at the chance to take him on board, “The support includes anything from a shifter cable to toilet paper. I want to be able to just forget about all those things and to just focus on riding my bike.”

Along with the new team Cole will have to get his head around a new bike, “It is a bit of a different design it’s super light and wants to pedal over bumps super well. I think Lapierre are really onto it with their bikes and design and if I have the opportunity along with the other riders, Nico and Sam, to help them keep developing them then it’s a pretty cool opportunity for me. 

He claims arch rival and very good friend Justin Leov had a big role to play in his 2010 successes, “Justin has been the guy representing from New Zealand and he is always so super professional and one hundred per cent prepared.”

Joining Cole and Blenkinsop on the Lapierre team in 2011 is Frenchman Nico Vouilloz one of the most respected downhill riders in the world. For Cole this is a chance to learn from a rider who many describe as “the master”. “I had a bit of a talk to him at the Mega Avalanche this year and then after the Leogang World Cup he came and congratulated me after the podium."

Cole expects to live in Europe for the season with rival and fellow Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop. The pair will be vying to be top Kiwi on the race circuit in 2011, “We’ll be in Morzine [France], which is where Sam was this year and is where you want to be for downhill.”

Cole is expected to appear on a Lapierre in January for the first time at the New Zealand Downhill Nationals which will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Source: Lapierre

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