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Alexander announces his break-up with Orbea

No confirmation yet on a replacement bike sponsor. Specialized??

The above picture of Craig Alexander on board an Orbea is a sight that will be a thing of the past.

A heavy favourite heading into this Saturday’s Ironman World Championships, Craig Alexander, two-time Ironman World Champion, announced today that his relationship with Orbea is over.

After racing the Ironman 70.3 World Championships a few weeks ago on board a non-branded Cervelo P4, many were anticipating this announcement by Alexander.

“I want to announce the end to my 7 year relationship with Orbea. After much thought and discussion, we have mutually agreed to part ways on an amicable basis in order to pursue other opportunities,” said Alexander on Facebook. “I have no hesitation in saying that our partnership has been an extremely successful one. Since the beginning of 2005, together we have won 3 World titles, 2 World Championship Silver medals, nearly 30 half Ironman races, as well as Olympic Distance classics, such as Life Time Fitness, Minnesota and Chicago. Neri (his wife) and I would personally like to thank Orbea for their support over the past 7 years and wish them well into the future.”

We can only assume that he will ride the non-branded P4 this weekend but more developments can happen between now and Saturday because he has been spotted riding one of the new Specialized Shiv’s.

A video of him riding one in Kona is right here. Watch carefully, it comes quick.

Stay tuned.