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Cycling News
January 13, 17:13,
January 13, 17:13
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 13, 2014
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Kittel, Degenkolb and Barguil wear black and white design

Giant has been confirmed as the lead sponsor of the former Argos-Shimano team for the next four year.

Along with a new sponsor comes a new jersey. Gone is the all white kit and it is been replaced by a black and white effort that is somewhat reminiscent of the Blanco kit of early last year. The jersey is dominated by the logos of the two main sponsors, with two black stripes down the front and back of the jersey.

Giant had already agreed to supply the team with bikes, but stepped up when another potential sponsor fell through. The multi-year deal will provide some much needed security for the team. "We are very proud of the confidence that Giant has shown in our athletes, our organization and our vision,” said team manager Iwan Spekenbrink.

“By stepping up after our planned title sponsor departed, Giant is demonstrating their belief in the superior results, global reach and integrity we have established over the last several years."

Sprinter Marcel Kittel is the team's star rider, after he won four stages of the Tour de France in 2013. He will be looking to wear the yellow jersey again this season, supported by the team's other star sprinter John Degenkolb. Between them, the two Germans won 22 races.

Degenkolb will also carry much of the team's ambitions in the spring classics, while Warren Barguil will be Giant-Shimano's primary general classification hope in stage races. At 22, the Frenchman is still developing, but his two Vuelta a España stage wins show significant grand tour potential.

Kirsten Wild leads the line in the women's team. The prolific sprinter took 17 victories on the road last year, including Gent-Wevelgem, and three stages and the general classification at the Tour of Qatar. Two-time Junior Women's World Champion Lucy Garner also continues with the team. They will be supplied with bikes and equipment by the Liv/Giant company.

Giant will also sponsor a development team, which will compete in the Continental ranks. The team has a number of riders in Australia for the Tour Down Under, and they will ride in their new kit in training for the first time on Tuesday.

Uncle_Tod 8 months ago
Great, more black and less white...
philsinclair 8 months ago
Surely more white than black compared to others, and I think it's equally fantastically .. er ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
sam171 8 months ago
qwerty12 8 months ago
nahhh i think it's lovely...a great design, very simple and stylish. unlike team sky.
jmdirt 8 months ago
Nice kit, nice bike!
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FabiquesAnquetillara 8 months ago
Black abd white again? That is not even funny anymore.
Hill Special 1980 8 months ago
bertfivesix 8 months ago
I get that they were in a hurry, but damn - did they just replace the logo on the Blanco kits? Looks totally generic, like the kit you'd see hanging next to the Giant bikes at a chain store. Same goes for the Trek kit..
Cance > TheRest 8 months ago
the shorts look exactly like the ones Blanco wore last year. The jersey has less black than white, but why they would even add black to design in the first place, is beyond my understanding. It actually makes the jersey less distingushable and does nothing to the aesthetics of the jersey (actually makes it even uglier)...
Tony M 8 months ago
Designer available: new kits designed by person who is NOT colour blind and has a pallet with a full range of interesting hues !
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Arrrrgh....... More black and white. When will these teams ever stop following the leader (presumably Shy) and start thinking for themselves. This jersey design is pretty lame...
nepetalactone 8 months ago
I'd say we have Cervelo to thank for the current cycling vogue. When they did it, it looked good though.
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Yeah, you are right, Cervelo was probably the first, and it looked good when only one was doing it. Now, it's just too much. They all look the same.
MavicMoto 8 months ago
I think the current Black and White was started at CSC,
Uncle_Tod 8 months ago
You forgot the red CSC logo..
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Sky, not Shy... lol
SlowBikeRacer 8 months ago
Like the old Star Trek episode. They are Black on the left, White on the right, we are White the left, Black on the right. The same but different.