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QuickStep Floors reveal new blue and white kit

JLT-Condor also unveil new jerseys, marking a departure from "Men in Black" look

QuickStep Floors, the latest iteration of Pat Lefevere’s QuickStep cycling team, have unveiled their new jersey for 2017, with Marcel Kittel, Tom Boonen and co decked in blue with white sleeves for the new season.

Returning to the colours first incorporated into the QuickStep team’s kit in 2003, at their induction, the Vermarc Sport jerseys are lighter than last year’s Etixx-QuickStep jerseys and the team hope the white sleeves will make them easier to spot on the TV cameras.

Sponsors, including Lidl, also feature prominently on the jersey, which QuickStep have paired with blue shorts.

Marcel Kittel says the new QuickStep Floors kit is a ‘classy looking kit all around’ (pic: QuickStep)

A nod to their 2016 UCI World Team Time Trial Championships win is also included on the front, and the new jerseys have been given the stamp of approval from Kittel, Boonen and co.

“It’s a classy looking kit all around, with a fresh look that will make it easy to get recognised in the peloton,” the German sprinter said. “The white and blue combination is a nice one, not many teams are going with it.”

Boonen, who will retire at the end of the 2017 season, added: “It’s a nice combination of retro and new style and it looks amazing and sharp. It’s always important to have a good looking jersey. I’m already fond of it and it will be really great to race with it next year.”

As ever with this time of year, plenty of teams have been unveiling their new kits – stay tuned for our full round-up – and the same goes for the British domestic front.

JLT-Condor, known as the “Men in Black” for much of their existence as Britain’s longest running UCI squad due to their distinctive kits, have torn up the manual with their team livery for 2017.

A new partnership with Japanese firm PEdAL ED, which will see the apparel brand supply racing, training and casual cycling clothing to the team from next year, means new colours too.

Gone are the yellow and black jerseys in which the team, inspired by Jon Mould and Ed Clancy, won the Tour Series and Revolution Champions League, in favour of a navy blue and burgundy jersey.

Ed Clancy models the new JLT-Condor kit by PEdAL ED (pic: JLT-Condor)

The new kit will make its debut on January 1, at the Bay Crits Series in Melbourne, and team manager John Herety is pleased with the new partnership.

“The apparel and fabrics that PEdAL ED have developed are extremely exciting for us. The new kit is a departure from our all black palette which we’ve used for ten years,” he said.

“I love the change and PEdAL ED have brought fresh ideas to the table. I hope the team’s supporters do too. We’re still the men in black, but with new and interesting accents.”

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