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Gone is man of steel, in are softer retro lines

HTC, Highroad, Columbia. Pick two of the three and you've got yourself a WorldTour cycling team; for 2011 it's HTC Highroad, which was the only remaining unused combination. For next season they've eschewed their six-pack/body armour designs of the last couple of years in favour of something more minimal.

The pic above shows Tony Martin sporting the new strip, which is mainly white with a striped motif. It looks a bit retro and puts us in mind (a bit) of the PDM cycling team jerseys from the late '80s. Remember them? these ones:

Anyway, a thumbs up from the road.cc offices as we think it's a definite improvement on the man-of-steel look from the last two years, even if that did sum up the Manx missile's performances rather well. here's hoping the new softer design doesn't take the edge off his sprinting...

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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step.doran [62 posts] 5 years ago
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Always thought the PDM kit was pretty styley. Well, for the 80s.

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 5 years ago
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yeah, it wasn't a great decade for nice kit...

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 5 years ago
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it didn't get much better in the 90s though, mind

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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This new kit is soooo much better than the last two years, which I thought was a bit of a mess. The blue top + black shorts of Columbia three years ago was even better. I hope they wear black shorts.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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Didn't Cipo get fined for that muscle man skinsuit?

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 5 years ago
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a little bit Renaulty?

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 5 years ago
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yeah, a bit. like renault lite  1

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 5 years ago
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Looks good, white is all the rage I guess...

as an aside, it's a shame that garmin cervelo have seemingly ditched the argyle.

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 5 years ago
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Jon Burrage wrote:

it's a shame that garmin cervelo have seemingly ditched the argyle.

not totally, but it has been reduced to a detail. road.cc, on the other hand, will be keeping the faith.

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shrinkinbggaz [100 posts] 5 years ago
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I'm not keen TBH

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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I hope it's not made outta Sportwool (TM) or has a couple of YKK (TM) zips on the pockets otherwise Rapha (TM) are gonna be on their tails.

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LondonCalling [149 posts] 5 years ago
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Whatever. It will look good on Mark Cavendish...! yum!  16

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Old Cranky [257 posts] 5 years ago
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Black shorts - much better.

Not sure how the green stripe is going to show on Cav's green jersey