German security and safety company takes over from Catlike

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Abus and Movistar have announced the new deal, which commences at the start of 2017, in advance of the Tour Down Under.

Abus says it will supply road, aero road and time trial helmets to Movistar, who have been the top ranked team in the UCI WorldTour for the last four years and have won both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España with Nairo Quintana.

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Abus says that the helmets will also be available to buy in advance of the new season at movistarteamshop.com.

It will also be putting in place joint safety campaigns with the team. It already provides race helmets to the German-based Bora-Argon 18 professional team, so it will be interesting to see if the same helmets will be Movistar branded or if Abus will be introducing new models. At present it does not offer a time trial helmet commercially.

Bora-Argon 18's Scott Thwaites at Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Bora-Argon 18 already race in Abus helmets. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

As well as its helmets Abus sells locks for bikes, but it’s also a huge maker of security products for other markets, selling locking systems and alarms and security systems for home and commercial environments and having been founded in 1924.

So it’s got the financial muscle to get behind the new Movistar sponsorship agreement.

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Abus displaces Catlike as Movistar’s helmet provider, a position it’s held since the team took on its current guise and sponsorship. Catlike provided helmets to the Cervélo test team before Movistar, so it will be interesting to see whether the Spanish brand will agree to provide its helmets to another WorldTour team.