New ProTour outfit Team Leopard Trek, home to Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck brothers, have passed up the opportunity to deck themselves out in full animal print and gone for a race strip that’s altogether classier.
The Craft-made kit is black and white with a blue band around the chest. Here in the road.cc office, we can’t decide whether it’s Cambridge blue or duck egg blue. Oli has gone leftfield by claiming it’s teal – but he’s wrong.
Team Leopard Trek have eschewed the traditional ‘mobile billboard’ approach too, and the sponsors’ logos are, shockingly, fairly subtle… from the front, at least. That said, you won’t be left in any doubt who the title sponsor and bike suppliers are when it comes to side-on shots. Each rider gets his name printed on the neck too.
It looks pretty cool to us. We’re giving it a thumbs up for style.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.