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Founded in 1998 and formally known as Team home - Jack & Jones, the newly re-named Team Saxo Bank are renowned as one of the most successful professional cycling teams in the world. The highly skilled team primarily from Denmark, are managed by Riis cycling and owned by the CEO of the company and former Tour de France Champion, Bjarne Riis.

Team home - Jack & Jones started with 11 riders, a mixture of previously successful professionals and first-time competitors. They spent their first season riding in the 2nd Division however, moved up to the UCI ProTour (previously the 1st Division) in 2000. Notably their most successful y season was in 1999 with 26 UCI wins, this allowed them to be promoted to the first division.

With the promotion came a further name change with the arrival of a new sponsor, Memory Card A/S in 2000. This was the first year the team took part in the Tour de France, and although not as successful as the previous year, contributed toward the heightened calibre of the team. The team struggled to build upon the success of the 1999 season, until 2005 when the team now known as Team CSC, won the UCI ProTour's team classification. From here the team enjoyed a concession of successes, winning the UCI ProTour in both 2006 and 2007 and also the CQ Team Rankings 2005-2008.

The 2008 season saw some major changes in both sponsorship and team members. Riis cycling declared Saxo Bank as the new major sponsor so the team entered the Tour de France as Team CSC Saxo Bank with Carlos Sastre taking an early lead and later winning the L'Alpe D'Huez helping the team to again take the Team Classification.

This season again holds high hopes for the team now known as Team Saxo Bank, with their newest sponsorship Specialized allowing them to ride the prestigious Specialized bikes. The now 25 strong team, ranging from 21-38 years old have a wealth of experience when it comes to specialized cycling and hope to continue their success in 2010 with an aim to win the Tour de France once more.

For the more modest cyclist, Specialized also have a huge range of bikes available. With the newest 2010 ranges now obtainable, there is something to cater to the needs of cyclists of every ability. Ranges available include Specialized HardRock for beginners and the light weight, high performance Specialized Enduro and Specialized Allez made specifically for expert cyclists.

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This article was published on 2010/04/17