Here’s this week’s Monday Musette:
1. It’s now 2011, which means teams and riders can finally—and officially—unveil their new kits and sponsors without fear of breaking old contracts. While we’ve done our best to keep you up to date as photos of new kits and bikes are announced, several have seemed to slip through the cracks since the holiday. So I ask you, dear reader, which 2011 kits and bikes are your favorite?
My vote goes to HTC-High Road for its retro-looking kit and Movistar for its tasteful use of blue and green in the squad’s Pinarellos. I’m hoping the Spanish squad makes the trip to Flanders and Roubaix—I can’t wait to see them riding Kobhs.
As for our own 2011 kit, we’re just about ready to unveil its final iteration, along with pricing and ordering information. Hopefully you saved some holiday money for a chance to spend the year in some pretty fine-looking Vermarc clothing. For the latest info and to be added to the mailing list, just complete this simple survey.
2. But despite the announcements, photo leaks, and team training camps of the past few weeks, there’s still one team we’re all waiting to hear from: Team Leopard/True Racing. (Generating buzz must have been the team’s first goal of the season.) Thursday is slated to be the team’s official presentation—hopefully we’ll have many of our questions answered then.
3. As for Team Geox, many questions still remain for a squad rumored to have “suffered a Pegasus” once the title sponsor learned that the Tour de France was not a guarantee. As far as we can see, no kits or bikes have popped-up in the press, fanning the flames of the team’s naysayers.
4. Belgium’s eagerly anticipating another announcement: the final decision as to cyclocross star Zdenek Stybar’s long-rumored transfer to Quick Step. While Stybar’s a popular rider and certainly one of the best ‘crossers in the world, it remains to be seen what kind of future awaits him on the road. The Czech’s talking about Flanders and Roubaix—is he deluding himself and his fans?
5. And last but not least, we received some kudos today that made us feel pretty darn good. We’ll be unveiling some new features throughout 2011, but please know that we remain committed to providing the same level of commentary and coverage that you’ve come to expect from Pavé. And luckily—for those growing tired of headlines dominated by kit, bikes, and sponsorship crises—we’re a little less than two weeks away from the start of the Tour Down Under.
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