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Tinkoff-Saxo debuts outlandish new kit

New La Datcha design gets thumbs-up from Alberto Contador

Tinkoff-Saxo has revealed a new training kit called La Datcha that rivals for outlandishness the camouflage design that its riders wore last year.

Remember that camo kit? Of course you do; it’s not one you would forget. But here it is again anyway.

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Tinkoff-Saxo first used the new kit from Sportful this week at its training camp in Gran Canaria. We’re not entirely sure what’s going on with the La Datcha design, although it’s certainly – how shall we put it? – busy. 

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People on Tinkoff-Saxo’s Facebook page haven’t been shy in expressing their opinions. 

Here are a selection:

“Tinkoff-Saxo releases a kit that scales new heights of vomitworthiness,” Paul Woolgar.

“This is absolutely disgusting,” Jackson Rees.

And our favourite:

“What the flying fuck ????? The neon was bad enough. That kit is bad enough to make you retire from the peloton,” Louis Perry.

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Harsh? What do you think?

Mind you, the La Datcha kit has got people talking, so maybe it has achieved its objective.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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