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Gallery: New Giant-Shimano kit unveiled

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Lucy Garner

Lucy Garner
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Lucy Garner

Lucy Garner
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Warren Barguil, John Degenkolb and Lucy Garner

Warren Barguil, John Degenkolb and Lucy Garner
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Some of the team's rider were present at the launch

Some of the team's rider were present at the launch
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Bert de Backer

Bert de Backer
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Giant's Propel Advanced SL

Giant's Propel Advanced SL
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Giant's TCR Advanced SL

Giant's TCR Advanced SL
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Giant-Shimano team car

Giant-Shimano team car
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Dries Devenyns

Dries Devenyns
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
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Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Cheng Ji

Cheng Ji
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Sea Kong Loh

Sea Kong Loh
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Sea Kong Loh and Cheng Ji

Sea Kong Loh and Cheng Ji
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Kirsten Wild

Kirsten Wild
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Roy Curvers

Roy Curvers
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Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Bert de Backer

Bert de Backer
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Tom Stamsnijder

Tom Stamsnijder
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Tom Stamsnijder with a Giant cup of coffee

Tom Stamsnijder with a Giant cup of coffee
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Lawson Craddock

Lawson Craddock
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Ramon Sinkeldam

Ramon Sinkeldam
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General Manager Iwan Spekenbrink

General Manager Iwan Spekenbrink
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Daan Olivier

Daan Olivier
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb

Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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The Giant TCR in team colours

The Giant TCR in team colours
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Johnas Ahlstrand

Johnas Ahlstrand
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John Degenkolb shows off his skills in the new Giant-Shimano kit

John Degenkolb shows off his skills in the new Giant-Shimano kit
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The Giant-Shimano team

The Giant-Shimano team
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Marcel Kittel has his first outing in the new kit

Marcel Kittel has his first outing in the new kit
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Luka Mezgec leads the Giant-Shimano train

Luka Mezgec leads the Giant-Shimano train
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Giant-Shimano in their new kit

Giant-Shimano in their new kit
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The Giant-Shimano team take a break

The Giant-Shimano team take a break
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Luka Mezgec at the front of the group

Luka Mezgec at the front of the group
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Team Giant-Shimano

Team Giant-Shimano
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John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel having fun at the back of the line

John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel having fun at the back of the line
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John Degenkolb wears the new Giant-Shimano kit

John Degenkolb wears the new Giant-Shimano kit
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The Giant Propel in the new team colours

The Giant Propel in the new team colours
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Kristen Wild will represent the women's team's hopes in the sprint

Kristen Wild will represent the women's team's hopes in the sprint
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Lucy Garner is one of the team's stars

Lucy Garner is one of the team's stars
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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.