Lapierre Zipp Collective are the latest team to announce their Enduro World Series (EWS) line-up, and there’s a fresh new face in the mix for 2021.
Lisandru Bertini will join Isabeau Courdurier, Adrien Dailly and Chloé Gallean this season, as the all French roster set their sights on the biggest EWS calendar to date.
Lisandru Bertini will take on the U21 competition this season
At just 16 years old, Bertini is the youngest member of the team and will be taking on the ultra competitive U21 category this season, where he’ll be aiming to crack the top ten.
“When I was very young, I used to cycle along our local tracks with my mates and dream of one day being able to join a professional team. Today, that dream has come true now that I am part of the Lapierre Zipp Collective! It is a great honour for me to join a team like this one, especially as the atmosphere is great and I’m surrounded by really good people! Also, I’m getting on very well with my new Lapierre Spicy and I can’t wait to put it to the test in a race as soon as the situation allows.
“My goal is to win national races in my new team colours and to be in the top ten in my category of the EWS, aiming to get on the podium once or twice this season.”
Isabeau will once again be the woman to be beat
With an average age of just 23, Lapierre Zipp Collective are one of the youngest teams on the circuit - but what they lack in age they more than make up for in experience and medals. Courdurier is one of the just four women in the world who can claim an EWS win to her name and won the overall title in 2019, after a perfect season saw her win every single round. She’ll be joined in the women’s race by Gallean who has a number of top 20 EWS finishes to her name.
Adrian Dailly is no stranger to the EWS podium
Dailly, fresh from the top step of the podium at Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure last year, is definitely one to watch in 2021. The former U21 Series Champion is one of the few riders who made the transition to the men’s competition look easy - taking a win in Tasmania in just his second race in the senior category. Although injury plagued him in 2018, that Pietra victory has cemented that Dailly is back on form and very much a contender for the season ahead.
And behind the scenes the team will be able to count on the solid backing and experience of senior managers such as Nicolas Vouilloz and dedicated staff, with Cédric Carrez as team Manager and Craig Miller in charge of mechanical aspects.
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Ten times Downhill World Champion Vouillioz said: “Giving young talent a chance has always been something the Lapierre brand has sought to do. Many young riders have developed their skills with us and some of them have become huge champions. Lisandru can count on the solid experience of his team members and the staff, for his training programme over the next few years. I can’t wait to see the whole team at work in the Enduro World Series!”
Lapierre Zipp Collective will welcome two new partners this season with the arrival of the famous English brand Renthal for cockpits and American brand WTB for saddles. These are two iconic brands with award-winning track records that the team will attempt to boost even further in the EWS. The riders will mainly use Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 handlebars and Renthal Apex 35 stems. As for seats, the team will be equipped with WTB saddles with titanium rails, the Deva model for the women and the SL8 and Silverado models for the men. Finally, the French brand Racer, already a partner supplying the team with protective equipment, will now equip all of the riders with personalised gloves in the team’s colours based on their Factory model.