The T-Mobile team has presented a new racing kit on the eve of the Rund um den Henninger Turm race in Frankfurt on May 1. The new clothing line - only slightly changed - will be worn be the T-Mobile riders at the Tour de France to showcase the team's "Schools for Africa" charity initiative, which aims to give children in southern Africa access to education. The project is a cooperation of the United Nations Children’s Fund, the mobile communications company T-Mobile and the cycling team.
A thin stripe in 'UNICEF blue' differentiates the promotional jersey from the usual kit. The stripe, featuring the UNICEF logo, sits above the larger white "T-Mobile" stripe on the jersey’s front. On the jersey’s left front are the words: "We ride for: Schools for Africa"
To mark their commitment to "Schools for Africa", the outfit will contribute € 3000 to the project for every stage win. In the event of an overall Tour victory, team manager Olaf Ludwig promised that "we’ll come up with something special." In this year alone, donations are expected to fund the construction of 20 new schools.
500 replicas of the limited edition 2006 T-Mobile Tour de France jersey can be ordered from May on for 75 Euro on the team's website. All proceeds go to the "Schools for Africa" project.