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Team Sky, the DS and the underwear model

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 Urán 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.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Erik Monday, 14 February 2011, 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 Monday, 14 February 2011, 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 Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 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 Tuesday, 9 July 2013, 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 Wednesday, 10 July 2013, 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 !!