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Stolen Goat Epic women’s cycling jersey

Stolen Goat is one of a plethora of relatively new and trendy clothing brands that share a common talent for combining zany prints with an impressive ability to harness the power of social media. However, whilst on occasion the reality behind the well presented image and actual performance throws up a bit of a disconnect, in the case of Stolen Goat, what you see is what you get.

I’ve been waiting for some Stolen Goat kit to arrive in my office for some time, and when it did I was thrilled.

The Epic jersey (£95) is a race fit garment, it’s designed with fast riding first and foremost. Available in Rise Blue and Rise Pink, it shares a fade design which looks a lot like the ‘Bodyline’ (£75) version, but has a few extra nods to performance not seen on the more entry level garment.

The primary material employed here is a four way stretch ‘SpeedSilk’; this is a heat treated Lycra that has been engineered to create a tight but unrestricted fit, whilst also helping reduce wind resistance and give back a few watts on fast rides. The side panels are constructed from a lighter mesh, and the same treatment is given to the underarm area to aid ventilation.

Pulling the jersey on, the material felt extremely soft, and it conformed perfectly to my body. I’m pretty picky when it comes to jersey fit, but this material ticked all of my boxes, leaving me wondering why more brands don’t go for something this high in stretch. The delicate nature of the fabric does mean that it shows up the outline of bib straps and any seams on a sports bra, so this isn’t really a design suited to riders who might feel uncomfortable about that.

The sleeves are long, with raw cut edges and the neck fitted well, a common stumbling block in some jersey designs. Breathability in this lightweight beauty (it came in at 108g on our scales) was top notch and even on unseasonably warm spring rides, sweat was kept at bay.

At the bottom, Stolen Goat has used what it calls a ‘powerband’ – this highly elasticated strip sits flat against the body when standing and creates a great sillouette.

I did find that the ‘powerband’ curled up a little at the bottom on the bike which was a bit distracting. On Stolen Goat’s sizing chart, I came in at a small on the chest and hips and an extra small at the waist (sizes range from XS-XXL). The brand sent an extra small, and I’m pretty sure the curling at the waist I experienced would be eliminated in a small, which is the size I usually opt for with most brands. I think in this case the deviation was unwise, given the aero nature of the kit.

Interestingly, at the back, Stolen Goat has gone with three rear pockets, and no zipped compartment – a downgrade on the cheaper ‘Bodyline’ option. This is presumably down to the ‘aero day out’ nature of this piece of kit, but I’d argue that (even if I was to race in non-team-kit), I still want a pocket to stash my car key – and if I’m out for a fast summer spin, I still don’t want to lose my phone. I understand the ethos of keeping the pockets limited for the Epic jersey, but I’m not a fan of the decision.

Heading out for longer rides, with no intention of stopping for lunch, I did find space in the pockets was a bit limited. I could stuff my tuna roll in there alongside a pump, multitool and phone, but I got the feeling I wasn’t meant to. On the plus side, the close fit meant nothing in the pockets jumped around when I was out the saddle.

The brand has opted for heat transfer labels, so there’s no nasty scratchy sewn-in washing instructions, and after several washes this garment has held its (stunning colour) and shape.

The colour of course can’t be ignored: I’m a bit in love with it.

Coming in at £95, this piece of kit is a bit of an investment, but it rubs shoulders in terms of performance with more expensive options such as the Castelli’s Women’s Aero Pro jersey (£115) and the Rapha Pro Team jersey (£120), yielding it a good value for money choice if you’re after a race ready cut.

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Bernal auctions Tour de France jerseys and bike for children’s charity in Colombia

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) is auctioning a bike, along with jerseys from the Tour de France, in order to provide food and other supplies for Colombian children during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old, who won the Tour de France last year, is running the auction to raise money for Fundación Exito, a children’s charity.

There are three jerseys up for grabs, including the iconic yellow Tour de France leader’s jersey that Bernal wore last year. Bidders can also win the white jersey Bernal wore earlier in the race as best young rider, as well as a standard-issue Team Ineos jersey.

As well as the jersey, Bernal is auctioning a bike that’s “similar to the one I train and race on”. His standard bike is a Pinarello Dogma F12 with Shimano Dura-Ace wheels and groupset.

“We’re currently facing an enormous problem, here in Colombia and across the world, and I want to make a proposition. Together with Fundación Exito, we’re going to run a big auction with some great things that will hopefully see many of you participate,” Bernal said in a video message.

“In addition, what you can do is, if you want to donate some money, you can go to From the money we manage to collect, we can gather supplies and distribute them to the children who need it most.

“I’m doing something on my part. This is a challenge. Everyone is accepting challenges, this is my challenge, and I hope you accept it and we can raise a lot of money for kids who need it so badly.”

Bernal’s auction comes 24 hours after Alberto Contador placed his 2011 Specialized Tarmac on eBay. Others in professional cycling to contribute to the coronavirus relief effort include Davide Martinelli, who is using his bike to courier medicine and other supplies to the vulnerable in his home region in Italy, and Michał Kwiatkowski, who has offered up apartments he owns in Poland for doctors and nurses.

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Bigla-Katusha reveal new dark blue 2020 jersey

Bigla-Katusha have revealed an all-new kit for the 2020 season that keeps their traditional aqua blue but adds navy blue and salmon pink to the palette. Katusha Sports have designed the jersey with light patterning on the collar and back of the jersey.

The colour scheme is also used on the team-issued CHAPTER2 bikes, Tacx water bottles and Endura helmets.

According to a press release from Katusha Sports, the 2020 race kit is fully bespoke for each rider, with every item being made to measure, for a perfect fit, to meet each rider’s individual needs.

“Working with an open brief we were able to design a truly stand out kit, different and unique in the peloton,” said Alexis Schoeb, CEO of Katusha. “To be able to bring our technology driven methodology in, and balance it with a bespoke design has been a great experience. I love this kit, I really do.”

After years of partnership in the men’s WorldTour, Katusha Sports announced last October that they would co-title sponsor UCI Women’s Continental team Bigla this year.

Bigla-Katusha re-signed Clara Koppenburg as a team leader for 2020 but has lost Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig to FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope.

Although the team is not one of the eight women’s teams that have acquired WorldTour status this year, they are among the second-tier of Continental teams and are expected to contest many of the highest level of races in the world.

“I am very excited to have Katusha as our kit partner, because they produce products of such high quality and also original design,” Koppenburg said in a team press release.

“My expectations of our new team kit were accordingly quite high, but they were exceeded when I saw the design and tried it on. I absolutely love our new kit. The colours and the small details, combined with the superior tech and quality is a perfect balance, and I can’t wait to wear this at the races and training all year long.

“I anticipate that every time I will put it on, I’ll fell such pride, excitement and power on the bike, which will motivate me to give everything in training and racing, and represent our team as well as possible.”

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This year, ride Cycle Oregon with a purpose: Ride for a child

On January 29th, Cycle Oregon will announce its 2020 routes at the annual Kickoff Party. According to their website we can expect some surprises such as, “short and long options, gravel options, multiple layover days, bonus activities, and more opportunities to really become part of the communities.” The new options and extra rest and recovery time should make the ride accessible to more people, but plenty of riders will spend some time following the announcements wringing their hands over the costs, training time, and logistics of committing to a wonderful-but-challenging week of epic rides.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a way to ride Cycle Oregon with a built-in group of new friends, a schedule of training rides, extensive additional in-camp support, and maybe even some financial assistance; all while supporting another worthy charitable organization. It’s kind of like a Cycle Oregon cheat code and it’s called Ride for a Child.

Ride for a Child is still Cycle Oregon. You’ll experience the same world-class routes, on-course meals, entertainment, and mechanical support as every other rider. You’ll still support the great work that Cycle Oregon does in rural communities across the state, changing lives and building bridges through cycling and community development grants. But if you commit to raising money for Candlelighters for Children with Cancer, you can power-up your experience.

If you’ve ridden Cycle Oregon in the last 20 years, you might have noticed a pack of riders wearing matching jerseys with a child’s name printed on them; often folks think Candlelighters is a religious organization, it isn’t. Candlelighters for Children with Cancer is a non-profit that provides support and community for the whole family of kids fighting cancer. Support like travel and financial assistance, stuffed animals in the hospital, and an annual camp for families to relax and connect. Every year, Ride for a Child raises around $200,000 for Candlelighters, it’s a critical component of their fundraising.

You’re probably aware of Cycle Oregon’s tent-and-porter service, which is great. Not having to set up or tear down your tent can be the difference between a long shower line or an early start in the morning. Ride for a Child has tent and porter service and then some. Candlelighters are supported by a team of volunteers who set up camp while you’re on the road. Camp includes a private massage team (really!) and a hospitality tent stocked with snacks and beverages (of all types), and generators to charge your stuff.

The Ride for a Child support team hauls its own gear, which allows a bit more space and flexibility for riders. In addition to two large bins for your belongings every rider can bring along a cot or even an air mattress! Every morning you’ll wake up better rested and put on your freshly washed Candlelighters jersey because another benefit of Ride for a Child is nightly laundry service!

Cycle Oregon is full of friendly and interesting people, but, unless you’re a world class extrovert, it can be daunting to find a crew to hang out and ride with. Ride for a Child participants show up on Day One with a group they can meet and train with well before hand. Your distinctive jersey will attract questions and comments, too, giving you more chances to meet new people. And the community goes beyond the riders, you’ll get to know the children we honor on the ride, including a heartwarming “ride-out” one afternoon on the route with the children followed by dinner with their families.

This year Candlelighters wants to make Cycle Oregon and Ride for a Child more accessible to some new riders. If you’re a first time rider with the team and you commit to raising $2,500 for Candlelighters, then Candlelighters will cover the cost of your Cycle Oregon registration! This option is limited to 10 participants.

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Bahrain-McLaren ready to battle Ineos for yellow jersey

Chequered flags have always been the driving force for McLaren but the iconic British motorsport brand will be focussing its considerable power on chasing yellow jerseys next year too.

“As a brand we don’t pick fights very often but when we do we pick them with the intention to win,” John Allert, McLaren’s Chief Marketing Officer, said at the glitzy launch of the Bahrain-McLaren UCI WorldTour team on Monday.

It was a bold statement but with McLaren’s vast technological resources, Middle Eastern backing and a formidable-looking roster for 2020, the team looks well-equipped to shake up the peloton.

Team principal Rod Ellingworth, formerly with British Cycling and Team Sky, says Bahrain-McLaren has been formed to win Grand Tour titles and predicts they can take on his dominant former outfit now known as Team Ineos.

“I was walking around here and thinking bloody hell, this is pretty special,” Ellingworth, who will now be a rival of his former Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford, said at McLaren’s vast Technology Center, which will be the team’s performance HQ.

“I think from the outset we are capable of taking on Ineos. The ambition is to become a Grand Tour winning team. The yellow jersey of the Tour is an iconic jersey and we want to bring it home to McLaren and to Bahrain.”

The futuristic McLaren production center is a history lesson in motor racing heritage, from the classic F1 machines driven to world titles by the likes of Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton to the hundreds of trophies lining the walls of the walkways.

But McLaren is no stranger to cycling, having collaborated with U.S. bike builder Specialized. They also worked on the track bike Britain’s team used to sweep golds at London 2012.

The team will continue, for now, to use Merida bikes of which the frame color and rider kit reflect the original McLaren race car color (papaya orange) introduced by founder Bruce Mclaren.

But McLaren’s arsenal of analytics and technology, Allert says, offers the chance to re-invent the sport.

“McLaren’s racing pedigree is founded on decades of performance in the most technologically advanced sport in the world,” he said. “We now look forward to applying this knowledge to elite cycling.

“We want to respect the quirks and the romance but we want to unpack it in a new and dynamic way.”


While four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and Australian world time trial champion Rohan Dennis have departed, Bahrain-McLaren have made big signings for the 2020 season to add quality to the 28-rider roster.

Spaniard Mikel Landa has joined from Movistar and Mark Cavendish, winner of 30 Tour de France stages, arrived from Dimension Data, teaming up again with Ellingworth and McLaren who designed the bike on which he won the 2011 world road title.

Elite climber Wout Poels has also joined from Ineos.

Ellingworth said the team has been put together to challenge for the Tour de France.

“At the end of the day we want to be a GT winning team and the Tour is the one to win,” Ellingworth said. “If you want to win the Tour you need quality climbers. With Mikel we have a potential Grand Tour winner and certainly he has showed in the past he is not far off.

“I don’t see us as underdogs, I see us a thriving team with lots of energy. We are here to win bike races.”


Cavendish has suffered a torrid couple of years at Dimension Data with illness and injury, but says he is “excited” about the season ahead for Bahrain-McLaren.

“The ambience and team spirit is amazing, and we feel like a unit,” the 34-year-old sprinter said.

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CCC laying groundwork for improvement in 2020

Going into 2019, CCC Team boss Jim Ochowicz was targeting 20 victories for this new team’s inaugural season. Five was the official UCI tally, book-ended by the GP Montreal with Greg Van Avermaet in September and a stage win and a spell in the leader’s jersey at the Santos Tour Down Under with Patrick Bevin in January.

In between, things didn’t go quite as well as hoped. A few key injuries, some close calls, and a touch of bad luck didn’t help.

Yet hope springs eternal in bike racing, and everyone within the organization is optimistic that better days lay ahead.

“It’s been a struggle for us this year, but we knew that coming in,” said Ochowicz. “We’re planning for next year, and years beyond.”

Going into its sophomore season, the team is packing on some firepower. Worlds runner-up Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) adds some heft for the spring classics, while Giro d’Italia stage-winners Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec), and Jan Hirt (Astana) add fresh legs for the grand tours.

These moves for 2020, with nine new riders and five departures, are part of Ochowicz’s plan to steadily nudge the team up the WorldTour hierarchy.

“We’re not going to win the Tour de France next year, but that’s not the objective and that’s not the goal for us right now,” he told VeloNews. “That takes some time, we’re not ready for that. We don’t have the depth. We’re going in that direction, and in two or three years, we hope to be a challenger again.”

CCC was a new WorldTour team for 2019, born from BMC Racing, which folded at the end of 2018, and CCC-Sprandi, a Professional Continental team. CCC owner and Polish billionaire Dariusz Milek was keen to step up to the WorldTour, and he linked up with Ochowicz midway through 2018 for talks. Ochowicz had the license, and Milek had the money. Poland’s first WorldTour team was born.

Like any new team, CCC Team faced familiar challenges of staff changes and creating chemistry with new riders. Injuries to key members Bevin and Simon Geschke disrupted the process. Most new teams take a while to find their groove. Things were coming together later in the season, and Ochowicz hopes to carry that momentum in 2020.

Like many other top WorldTour teams, CCC Team regroups this month along Spain’s Mediterranean Coast for an annual pre-season training camp. New riders get fitted out with jerseys, bikes and equipment are updated, and everyone takes stock of the season behind and the one ahead.

Even if Ochowicz doesn’t pack the punch to swing for the yellow jersey next season, like he did when Cadel Evans delivered the victory in the 2011 Tour, there’s plenty to keep the staff and riders motivated.

“There are a lot of nice bike races to win besides the Tour de France,” he said. “And even within the Tour, it’s nice to win a stage, to get a jersey.”

Most of the 2019 roster will be back, including Americans Will Barta and Joey Rosskopf. Top departures include Riccardo Zoidl (Team Felbermayr) and Laurens Ten Dam, who retires.

Like many teams across the WorldTour, CCC Team is also betting on youth. While it’s not picking up the top juniors, it is promoting three riders from its development team to the WorldTour next year.

“There’s a mix of old and new,” Ochowicz said. “We are fortunate to have two or three of those. We are thinking about developing the next generation, giving them a shot and see how they develop, and hopefully they will turn into a rock star.”

To try to win the Tour again, Ochowicz will need a rock star.

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Padding the figures: Garda orders 200 lycra shorts with Italian cushioning

An Garda Síochána is going soft but not in the way you might think. The force is seeking to purchase 200 sets of lycra cycling shorts complete with “ergofit padding from Italy”.

The purchase is part of a move to modernise the uniforms of the some 800 members trained to carry out their duties from the back of a mountain bike.

The Garda is seeking to spend about €135,000 plus VAT on high-end cycling gear for its members, according to a request for tender document published last week.

The winning supplier will be required to provide 1,200 pieces of equipment which could do the job on the Alpe d’Huez, never mind the back roads of Athlone.

The cycling shorts should be made of “lycra sport fabric” which “ensures a correct muscular compression” and have “flat-lock stitched seams for maximum comfort”.

Also required are 200 pairs of “modern style sport glasses” with “interchangeable polycarbonate lenses”, “hi-impact PC frame with adjustable rubber nosepiece” and a carry pouch.
Soft mesh lining

A similar number of cycling shoes are required. These should have a soft mesh lining “with provides instant comfort” and something called a fork-shank “to ensure flexibility and stability.”

The force requires two types of cycling gloves, a fingerless summer glove with gel padding and a winter glove with a “special 3-layer thermo system”. The winter version should have “anatomically 70° pre-curved fingers with knuckle stretch zones for a perfect fit on the handlebar”.

They should also have a “breathable layer made of waterproof and windproof polyurethane (PU) membrane. Keeps cold air and water out, while microdots allow moisture to escape, keeping your hands warm and dry,” the Garda document states.

And naturally helmets are also required. These should have 14 air vents and washable anti-bacterial pads. The order should come complete with 400 helmet stickers that say “garda”.

‘High visibility patrols’

The Garda Síochána has 177 mountain bikes and 804 gardaí have completed the Garda mountain bike course since 2016, a spokesman said.

“They provide high visibility patrols and mobile support to large events that strengthen our overall strategy of keeping people safe. Gardaí are selected by local divisional/district officers for training.”

The force has spent almost €39,572 on 30 new bicycles since 2018, at a cost of €1,319 per bike. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has indicated the bicycle fleet will be further expanded next year.

As well as the aforementioned equipment, each bicycle garda receives a rain suit, a polo shirt and a “first layer T-shirt”. As of now there are no plans to purchase any Garda-branded yellow jerseys.

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Elia Viviani to skip Giro d’Italia to ride Tour de France as preparation for Tokyo 2020

Elia Viviani’s plans for 2020 with his new Cofidis team are beginning to emerge, with the Italian set to target a number of high-profile events after a successful 2019 campaign.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Viviani will target Milan – San Remo in the early season, before skipping the Giro d’Italia to ride the Tour de France. This way, the Italian believes he will arrive at the Tokyo Olympics in perfect form, as he looks to win gold medals on the track.

Viviani has ridden Milan – San Remo six times since his debut in 2012, his best placed finish being ninth in 2017, as Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos) beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).

After the March race, Viviani usually turns his attention to his home Grand Tour but the 30-year-old will skip the Giro this year, where he has previously won five stages, as he focuses on Tokyo 2020.

In order to arrive in Japan with the legs to compete for gold in the track events, Viviani will elect to ride what will be only his second Tour de France, having taken a stage at the 2019 edition to complete his set of Grand Tour stage victories.

Viviani will be sporting the European champion’s jersey as his new Cofidis team step up to the WorldTour ranks next year, and the Italian can’t wait to get back on his bike, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: “After three weeks on holiday, I’m keen to start all over again.”

Although he won’t have Deceuninck – Quick-Step lead-out maestro Michael Mørkøv he has taken Fabio Sabatini with him to Cofidis, where Simone Consonni and Christophe Laporte will also offer support.

The sprinter believes his scheduling plan will offer him the best chance of winning, as previously his form coming off of Grand Tours has provided him with a number of victories.

After riding the Tour last year, his August saw him win the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, European road race championships and the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg.

Similarly in 2018 after taking the points classification at the Giro d’Italia, Viviani went on to win four stages at Adriatica Ionica before winning the Italian road race championships and the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg.

The chance of Olympic success comes around once every four years, and like Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will adjust their calendars to accommodate tilts at road race glory, Viviani will be hoping to set another gold medal beside his Omnium victory at Rio in 2016.

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Factor to ICA latest in bike manufacturer merry-go-round

Cycling’s silly season extends beyond rider contracts to bike sponsorships as well.

The upcoming 2020 season sees a few key changes in what the top elite men’s pro riders will be racing on in the WorldTour.

Two teams confirmed changes this week. Astana announced the end of its three-year relationship with bike sponsor Argon, while Israel Cycling Academy is set to race on Factor bikes as it steps up to the WorldTour next season.

Factor slots back into the WorldTour after a one-year hiatus following its departure from Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of 2018 in what was a two-year deal with the French team. Factor will replace ICA’s De Rosa sponsor as the team takes over the WorldTour license of Katusha-Alpecin.

Astana has yet to name its new supplier, though a few brands have already been linked to the Kazakh outfit, while ICA officials said Factor will help it take the next step up to the WorldTour.

“Factor has convinced in the past to be a great bike,” said ICA manager Kjell Carlström. “We believe that the performance will be up there with the best. We also share the same ideas regarding developing the bikes further.”

The team — still waiting for UCI approval on its WorldTour move — will use the Factor ONE bike on the flats, and the brand’s 02 VAM frames in climbing stages.

The Katusha-ICA merger also has implications for Canyon, which sponsored both Katusha and Movistar in 2019 at the WorldTour level. Canyon stays with Movistar, but follows Nairo Quintana to Arkéa-Samsic in 2020 to the second-tier Professional Continental level. Canyon also remains a key sponsor of superstar Mathieu van der Poel and his Corenden-Circus team, also at the Pro-Conti level.

There was a lot of movement in 2019, including a three-way swap between sponsors and teams. As BMC Racing closed shop and transitioned into the CCC Team, the Swiss bike manufacturer went to Dimension Data. The new-look CCC team raced on Giant bikes, which had sponsored Sunweb. To complete the triangle, Cervélo moved from Dimension Data to Sunweb, replacing Giant.

Bike partnerships remain a vital component to the WorldTour sponsorship puzzle, but it’s interesting to see manufacturers step back from title sponsorship roles over the past few seasons.

For example, Merida will remain with the Bahrain-backed team for 2020, but will step down as co-title sponsor, with backer McLaren expected to join Bahrain on the team jersey.

Only Trek, with Trek-Segafredo, and Scott, with Mitchelton-Scott, remain as a co-title sponsor for 2020. BMC, Giant, Cannondale, Cervélo, and Merida have all been WorldTour co-title sponsors at some point over the past several seasons.

That indicates two things; first, teams are finding non-cycling endemic sponsors to step up. And it also reveals that bike manufacturers are content to step back in terms of the financial commitment that it takes to be on a team’s jersey. Bike sponsorships involve millions of dollars in equipment and financial commitment, with a co-title sponsorship coming at an even higher premium.

Bike manufacturers have often stepped up as co-sponsor to help team owners keep a team afloat against a wider search for new backers. Several teams have permanent staffers dedicated to hunting down title sponsorship partners, with at least one WorldTour team having a full-time staffer fully dedicated to trying to crack into the Chinese market.

In all, there will be at least 15 different bike brands represented across 19 teams — up from 18 in 2019 — in the WorldTour next year. Right now, Specialized is the only manufacturer with more than one team in its quiver for 2020, backing Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

WorldTour sponsorship remains invaluable for bike manufacturers in terms of marketing, visibility, sales, and product development. Many teams have long-running deals with bike manufacturers, such as Pinarello with Sky/Ineos, which has been with the UK team since its founding in 2010.

So far, Factor is the only new sponsor stepping into the WorldTour that wasn’t already represented in the peloton in 2019. Astana’s blank spot and Cofidis’s final bike sponsorship deal (its two-year deal with Kuota ends this year) could see an additional new bike company enter the WorldTour for 2020.