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Rabobank to be named Blanco-Giant in 2013?

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Cycling News
Published:
December 12, 2012, 1:22 GMT,
Updated:
December 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The 2012 Rabobank Men's WorldTour Team

The 2012 Rabobank Men's WorldTour Team

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Orange colours of Dutch bank removed from jersey

The Rabobank Cycling team is rumoured to have found two naming-rights sponsors for the coming season and will be known as Blanco-Giant in 2013, according to reports.

A leaked image of a potential team jersey and bib shorts has a familiar look about it, seemingly taking on a design that incorporates more of Giant's blue branding.

Blanco-Giant is reportedly the new name for the men's WorldTour squad that had a 17-year relationship with its Dutch bank sponsor - until they decided to withdraw support of the numerous cycling teams that fell under the Rabobank umbrella.

The management of Rabobank Wielerploegen BV, the holding company behind the Dutch outfit, had already suggested a replacement sponsor would be found and that appears to be in the form of Blanco-Giant. Giant had already been dismissed as a major backer however, the new deal appears to be larger than initially expected.

The website domain for blanco-giant.nl has already been registered however, the owners of the site have not been confirmed. However, it has been suggested Rabobank Wielerploegen BV is the company responsible for its purchase. The twitter account @BlancoGiant has also been registered.

The exact details of the men’s ProTeam will be released on Thursday according to riders from the men’s squad and will likely coincide with a training camp that is taking place in the Canary Islands.

Little information is know about the team for next season however, Giant has already been suggested as the team’s new apparel sponsor - across the road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross squads - with Shimano also confirmed as a technical partner.

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