Team Sky, the DS and the underwear model

Monday, 14 February 2011

Nicolas Portal was a rider for Team Sky last year. Towards the end of the season it was announced he was leaving the team, heart problems cut short his racing career. But Sky gave him a management job. An ex-Caisse d’Epargne rider, Portal’s Spanish language skills might have been a clincher given the arrival of Colombian Rigoberto UrĂ¡n and the Spaniard Xavier Zandio in the team.

Portal Snatch

A glimpse of Snatch

Outside cycling Portal apparently has an eye for fashion and if Sky’s team-issue clothing isn’t his first choice, he can count on satisfaction with at least one item of his wardrobe: his underwear. As a rider Portal had side sponsorship agreement with Snatch, a French underwear company, endorsing their products and modelling their wares. Team briefing could take on a whole new meaning.


Basque country

Thanks to a reader for the tip.

UPDATE: another reader has been in touch to say Quick Step’s Nicolas Maes has a girlfriend with a similar business. Not only that, but Maes’s fan site is hosted by Lingerie Jolie. Thanks.

Erik February 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

I feared scandal with the head line.
I like the way you do serious things and put out funny stuff and I like the shorts.

The Inner Ring February 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Erik, yep no scandal. As for a mix of things, it would be a hard read if it was always serious.

owenp February 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

He is missing a trick if he doesn’t have a range of skinny jeans for cylists in the pipeline. To go with the “trousers low/boxers high” look.

DS July 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

These are poor taste ads! It looks really cheap!
No Snatch for me!
Rapha should make underwear (they probably already do…)

Stuart July 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Blimey I hope they don’t have plans to market women’s underwear in the UK with a brand name of Snatch !!

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