Arkéa replaces its subsidiary Fortuneo as a major partner of the professional cycling team.
The Arkéa and Paprec groups are joining skipper Sébastien Simon on the Imoca circuit, with a focus on participation in the Vendée Globe in 2020. Sébastien Simon will have the great privilege of being able to draw on the experience and recognised know-how of Vincent Riou, appointed technical director, who won the 20004-2005 edition of the prestigious solo event.
Jean-Pierre Denis, President of the Arkéa Group, and Laurent Marti, President of the Union Bordeaux Bègles rugby club, signed a 5-year partnership on 7 June. Arkéa will appear on the jersey of the Gironde team that plays in the Top 14. "The partnership with the UBB is a great opportunity for the Arkéa Group, which wishes to strengthen its presence in Nouvelle Aquitaine, a region in which it has already been well established for a long time among individuals, companies and regional development players," said Jean-Pierre Denis. (...) If Arkea has now made the choice to commit to the UBB over five years, it is because we fully recognise its sporting project and ambitions. The club embodies human values of commitment and humility to which we are very attached, paying particular attention to the training of the young talents of tomorrow. All these reasons made a five-year partnership between the Arkéa Group and the UBB very natural at a time when the club is giving itself the means to embark on a new cycle of development and to cross new milestones.