Team KMC Orbea is a professional mountain bike team that has existed since 1998. Do you want to know everything about the cycling teams that compete against each other after the start of the season ? Today, we bring you a closer look at an emblematic cross-country formation: the KMC Orbea team.
Presentation of Team KMC Orbea
Founded in 1998 in France, Team KMC Orbea is a leading figure in the cross-country landscape worldwide. The Elite professional cycling team competes in the XC races of the UCI international mountain bike calendar.
Managed by Michel Hutsebaut since its founding, the team is today under the sports leadership of Pierre Lebreton.
Sponsors of the UCI Mountain Bike team
If it was born under the name of Bianchi Atlas, the team subsequently endorsed several names over the course of the sponsors' ball: Gitane Eurostar, Gitane Spectra, BH SR Suntour KMC, KMC Ekoï SR Suntour, KMC Ekoï Orbea, and finally KMC Orbea, its current name.
In 2019, the bicycle manufacturer Orbea becomes the main partner of the team alongside KMC, title sponsor specializing in chain manufacturing.
Ekoï has the honor of equipping this incredible mountain biking team with equipment to match its exploits : helmets, clothing and glasses.
Composition of Team KMC Orbea :
The KMC Orbea formation has 5 cyclists of different nationalities, including Victor Koretzky who represents France within the team for his 9th season. Born in 1994, he became a professional mountain bike rider in 2014. Several times crowned world champion in the team relay, Victor finished 10th in the general classification of the elite cross-country World Cup in 2019. That same year, he won the French championships at Alpes d'Huez !
Also in the tricolor colors: young Luca Martin, double silver medalist at the World Junior MTB Championships, who is joining the team for his first year in the Under-23 category.
The two Frenchmen will compete in the UCI calendar competitions for the season alongside the big names in the discipline :
Danish Malene Degn (3rd season) ;
Double Dutch champion Milan Vader (3rd season) ;
Swiss Thomas Litscher (3rd season) ;
Multidisciplinary Spaniard Oliver Aviles (1st season).
1st Team XC in the world in 2020
After more than 20 years of existence, the KMC Orbea team has reached new heights! The riders' performances have lifted the team to the highest level with victories in the most prestigious XC races around the world.
As in 2016, the team ends the 2020 season at the top of the world ranking of UCI Mountain Bike teams. The 2021 season promises to be brilliant !
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