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Visma-Lease A Bike kit looks a lot like the Jumbo-Visma kit. Team sponsors can change but the team keeps its visual identity, it’s a sensible idea as long as the sponsors are ok, very often they are so sensitive to their branding that they want “their” team to adopt every style and brand guideline they have.

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Highlights of 2023

A look back. In previous years five races have been picked as highlights but that was just too hard, there were more than five stages of the Tour de France that stood out, just picking between them was much. Some highlights in rapidfire…

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Pogačar To The Giro

There goes the dream of a fit and fresh Tadej Pogačar taking on Jonas Vingegaard next summer with the news that Pogačar will race the Giro d’Italia in 2024. The pre-race Giro preview here has suddenly got easier but there are more important knock-on effects.

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Paris-Nice Route

Paris-Nice route map 2024

The Paris-Nice route for 2024 is out early this time, normally it’s been unveiled in January. The race takes place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 March. The theme could have been test race ahead of the Tour de France and its finish in Nice in July but in fact very few roads are shared.

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Cian’s Contract Chaos

A top Belgian talent trying to leave their team and move to a squad famous for grand tour success? No, not Remco Evenepoel’s summer saga trying to swap Soudal-Quickstep for Ineos but Cian Uijtdebroeks. The 20 year old announced he is moving to Jumbo-Visma for next year but Bora-hansgrohe say he’s under contract and going nowhere. Cycling’s governing body the UCI has yet to have have its say but as we’ll see it’s bound to be involved too.

It makes for a spicy custody battle with a ring of farce but there are wider issues for the sport here too as we see more and more long term contracts, and increasingly more cases of riders getting out of them.

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José Catieau Obituary

José Catieau died aged 77 on the same day as the Tour de France start in France’s north was unveiled. The race paid tribute to various “giants of the north” who had worn the maillot jaune and among them was Catieau for his spell in yellow in 1973, a moment that was both a high and low for him.

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2024 Pro Cycling Calendar

Here’s the pro cycling calendar for 2024, free to download for your diary or phone.

It’s packed with all the men’s and women’s pro races. So whether you’re making plans for next season, want to visit a race, or just need book sofa time or plan that work “meeting”, here it is…

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