Giant press release follows:
Joining a diverse and respected squad of international racers at their
spring training camp in Cannes, France, Dupouey received his new Giant uniform and full-suspension XTC Team bike just weeks before international racing begins in Monterey, Ca. at the Sea Otter Classic. His arrival to Team Giant brings the teams cross-country ranks to six men and removes any doubt about Giants aspirations for 2000.
"Im very happy to have him on the team," said Global Team Manager Johan
Lammerts from the training camp.
"Christophe is a wonderful rider and has proven his talent over the years second in 97s world cup, World Champion in 98 - and also with how impressive he was in the Houffalize finals last season."
Dupouey had been riding for Team Sunn since 1995 until the team disbanded last season, leaving one of the sports top riders with new possibilities. He took that opportunity to join a world-class program in Giant, bringing so much experience and speed to an already-talented crew.
"Its obvious that having such a strong rider on the team can be very
beneficial for Giant," continued Lammerts. "Were proud that hes chosen our team he feels the structure and organization is good."
That organization is important to Dupouey, who has spent his career at the front of the pack and thrives on the camaraderie in racing with teammates and countrymen.
"I had several offers," Dupouey said "But I wanted to be on a
well-structured team, with a good bike. Thats one of the reasons I chose Giant. Plus theyre one of the biggest teams in the scene."
With the addition of Dupouey, Giant now has six world-class riders on the
cross-country squad alone, which includes Dominique Arnould, Johann
Vachette, Tom Larson, 96 World Champion Jerome Chiotti and multi-World Cup winner Rune Hoydahl.
"Of course its nice to be on an international team," says Dupouey. "There
are three other French riders, and Ive known Rune for four years. Ive
always been respectful of his efforts, and I find its a good opportunity
Dupouey made a name for himself in 1996, when he won the world cup title. It was the first time France won the overall title, and in 1997 Dupouey almost did it again, finishing second overall. Then, at the 97 World
Championships, he nearly won the rainbow jersey but was thwarted by a double-flat tyre.
In 1998 Dupouey redeemed himself, becoming European Champion (for the
second time), French Champion and then at Mont Sainte-Annes season finale - he finally became World Champion.
Christophe and the rest of his team will be riding Giants much-vaunted XTC Team bike this season. A full suspension cross-country bike utilizing the computer-designed NRS (no resonance system), Giants XTC bike has proven itself in world cup competition, and illustrates the companys tradition of race-proven technologies.