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supply frames and tires to Gwin, who apparently will be able to choose his own drivetrain, suspension and energy drink sponsors. Last year, Gwin sponsors included Red Bull, Fox Shox, Shimano and others. Gwin joins current Specialized riders Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato on the team.

team reached out on several occasions in December in order to try and remedy whatever concerns Mr. Gwin had, but these were ignored until the team received a letter from his Attorneys on December 27 stating he would not ride for our team, Trek officials said.

Trek World Racing director, Martin Whitely, said the team would continue without Gwin, and that it would search for a replacement. "This has not been an easy time for us. In the bigger picture however I find positivity in the Nike Sb Long Sleeve Polo

It unclear whether Specialized pursuit of Gwin began before or after its star rider, Sam Hill, decided to sign with the Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof team. A statement issued today by Trek World Racing suggests that Trek knew of Gwin impending defection in December.

The statement said Trek would pursue legal action and other options, but did not say if those actions were aimed at keeping Gwin on the team, an attempt to receive financial compensation, or some other recourse. According to Trek's statement, Gwin had signed a letter of intent in August. It's unclear whether he also signed a contract, or if that letter of intent is legally binding.

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With only weeks left before teams must submit their roster to the UCI, it will be tough for TWR to pull in another top flight rider. But as Gwin proved with his move, anything's possible.

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are actively pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action, and remain completely surprised by Mr Gwin's unprofessional actions, the statement continued.

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´╗┐Aaron Gwin Leaves Trek for Specialized World Cup DH Team

Just 25 years old, Gwin has been a dominant force on the World Cup the past two years. After his rookie campaign in 2010, in which he became the first American male to crack the top five at a World Cup race in nearly a decade, Gwin went on to win five of seven races in 2011 and another four last year. He finished as the overall series champion both years.

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fact that the Trek World Racing program will continue regardless of the outcome of this dispute, as no single rider is bigger than the team as a whole. Every rider who has been on our Downhill program has had the best years of their career with us, and we will continue to bring on talented riders."

Five months after signing a three year deal with Trek World Racing (TWR), 2012 World Cup downhill overall champion Aaron Gwin has jumped shipped and agreed to race for Specialized. The move comes just days after news broke that Specialized downhiller Sam Hill would ride for another team in 2013.

In a press release issued today by Specialized, Gwin said, super excited to start this new chapter in my career with Specialized bicycles. The entire Specialized staff has welcomed me with open arms and I blown away by the level of support they shown me. This is my dream program and I can Nike Sportswear Windrunner Men's Jacket thank them Nike Jacket Women White

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enough for this opportunity. Bring on 2013!

[This story has been updated to reflect that Gwin had signed in August, 2012, a letter of intent to race for Trek World Racing for the next three seasons.]

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