The news everyone has been waiting for (and that some already knew) now confirmed via the Lapierre website:
Sam Blenkinsop already has a long list of podiums and even a World Cup victory under his belt. Talented, humble, and fast, Sam will be the leader of the new DH team. Sam will be Nico's leader, how sick is that!
Im really happy to join the Lapierre team, says Sam. Itll be really interesting to train with a rider like Nicolas Vouilloz, 10-time World Champion. Im ready to meet my new teammates and start product testing next month. I learned a lot with my previous team, but Im ready for a new adventure with Lapierre.
In other Lapierre news it looks like Danny Hart has been kicked to the curb, with the team now consisting of only Blenki, Nico and UK junior Sam Flockhart.