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New ProTour squad go for subtle styling

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.

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Chrisc [147 posts] 5 years ago
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Looks like Celeste to me. Are they on the wrong bikes in that case?

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 5 years ago
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Nothing wrong with animal print, I love my red Vuelta leader's jersey* (which has more spots than the version sported during the race by Nibali etc). Although it was worrying to see a remarkably similar print on a blouse in the window of a local shop that caters for the fashion needs of ladies of a certain age  13

" Confession - no, I've never led the Vuelta on GC, apologies to traditionalists who don't think I should be wearing it  3

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andylul [410 posts] 5 years ago
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All the grief that Sky got last year, and now Leopard come up with this Rapha clone.

Was interesting to see Frank in the equally understated Lux national champs shirt - will Andy have a primrose stripe as maillot jaune come July?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 5 years ago
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Rapha clone? Looks more like Shutt VR to me  39

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Mat Brett [618 posts] 5 years ago
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Now you mention it, it is a bit celeste. Quite a lot, in fact.

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CliveDS [48 posts] 5 years ago
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Bianchi would have been a million times cooler than Trek.

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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CliveDS wrote:

Bianchi would have been a million times cooler than Trek.

ANYTHING is cooler than Trek. They may produce brilliant and effective bikes, but a cool bike? Not that I've ever seen! I ride Trek, and ALWAYS wish it were Bianchi!  105

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Chrisc [147 posts] 5 years ago
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I ride Bianchi and have never given much thought to Trek...

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Miggers [63 posts] 5 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

Rapha clone? Looks more like Shutt VR to me  39

I thought so too..  3

Pete

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Chrisc [147 posts] 5 years ago
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So not one of yours Pete?

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 5 years ago
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Chrisc wrote:

I ride Bianchi and have never given much thought to Trek...

+1

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The _Kaner [751 posts] 5 years ago
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Jury is out on this one. Not sure I'm too fond of it..any rear shots of it?

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bikeandy61 [527 posts] 5 years ago
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While I am a big fan of subtlety is this not just that little bit too subtle? And at a distance is not a million miles from Sky, especially if riders are shown from head on and they are in the drops. You'll mostly see the shoulders (black) and maybe some of the blue band. Ah well,let's see what 2012 brings.

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miffed [162 posts] 5 years ago
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leopard trek, garmin-cervelo and sky all in very similar jerseys. I dont envy being Phil Liggett trying to pick 2nd place and down at all the major sprint finishes this year.