Despite having only conducted their debut team presentation a little over a week ago, Team LottoNL-Jumbo have already encountered the wrong side of cycling’s governing body – the UCI. Team Belkin’s transformation into the new Dutch lottery funded team had also included a transition from the previous green and black jerseys (clashing pleasingly with Bianchi’s celeste frames) to a yellow and black ensemble. Despite being festooned with the usual array of garish cycling sponsors, the UCI deemed this was not enough to prevent the team being confused with the yellow leader’s jersey of several high profile races including the Tour de France and Paris Nice.
S0 back to the drawing board it is for Team LottoNL-Jumbo, but whether or not they will chose a radically different design is yet to be seen. Famously ONCE had to alter their Tour de France clashing jersey’s to a Giro pink exclusively for the three week race; on this occasion the UCI have not even allowed the team such a compromise. Britain’s Team HARIBO-Beacon had a similar colour palette to that of Belkin’s new incarnation last season, but using a greater amount of black; something it is said the UCI is eager to quell in regards to the surge of black kits amongst the peloton as of late. Suffice to say Team LottoNL-Jumbo have a headache before a single wheel has been turned in anger.