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BORA-hansgrohe shows 2023 kit

Here’s the news the team sent me:

BORA-hansgrohe is excited to reveal the team's new look kit for the 2023 season, provided by premium cycling performance brand, Le Col.

Last season’s Grand Tour winning kit has been updated with aerodynamics at the forefront of the design, having been tested and perfected in wind tunnels by expert aerodynamicists to achieve the fastest speeds possible for the team.

Here's the 2023 BORA-hansgrohe kit.

Having worked closely with WorldTour riders, Le Col has developed one of the fastest jerseys on the market yet, designed to stand out in the busy chaos of the race while incorporating innovative adjustments to push the riders speed to new levels. The kits' strategically placed tripping panels and seam layout smooth the airflow, while also minimising drag to further increase the riders efficiency when riding at higher speeds.

A more premium, lightweight lycra has been used to give the team the perfect amount of stretch, while still offering a dialled-in fit for a further aerodynamic advantage, without restricting the riders movement.

The Race Bib Shorts which share the same design as the shorts worn by ‘22 Giro winner, Jai Hindley are cut to focus on racing and speed. They also use the exceptionally comfortable Pro Dolomiti Chamois, with a highly effective silicone treatment - giving unparalleled comfort and removing any excess bulk.

Ralph Denk, Founder and Manager of the BORA-hansgrohe team, said: “Le Col is renowned for creating the fastest kits on the WorldTour and this one is no exception. The 2022 Giro winning kit worn by Jai Hindley directly influenced the 2023 season’s kit and we know full well that it will take the team to exciting places in the coming year.”

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Intermarché-Circus-Wanty’s continental development team to be launched as the Circus-Re-Uz-Technord team

Here’s the team’s news:

The new UCI Continental Development Team of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty directed by recently retired rider and new sports director Kévin Van Melsen will be launched on 1st of January 2023 under the name of Circus - Re-Uz - Technord.
Circus, Re-Uz and Technord, three Walloon companies with international recognition which are visible on the 2023 jersey of World Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, are the title partners of this team composed of young Walloon, Belgian and international talents.

Through its flagship brand Circus, Ardent Group reinforces its transversal support to the structure of Jean-François Bourlart by becoming the first title partner of the UCI Continental Development Team, in addition to its title partnership with the World Team and its investment in the development branch of the structure, the Ardent Cycling Academy.

Here's the new team's kit.

Re-Uz, the expert in reusable cups and solutions based in Grâce-Hollogne, started the the collaboration with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert at events of the World Team during season 2022 in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the organization. With its investment in Continuum Sports, Re-Uz steps in sports sponsoring for the first time, aiming to promote the zero waste movement by raising public awareness, particularly among young people, on the ecological impact of sports events.

Technord is a family company with branches in the entire world, specialized in the integration of electric industrial projects and historical partner of the structure of Jean-François Bourlart.

“I'm proud that our structure can revitalize our projects for the youth with this new UCI Continental Development Team, which makes me think of the first years of our history. It was from a local youth club, named VC Ath, that we built the structure we have today with a World Team and a cyclocross team. Kevin Van Melsen is with no doubt the best person to lead this project, because he rode for fourteen years for our team and is a family member of Yves Lessens, one of the pioneers of the VC Ath.

"With the creation of Circus-ReUz-Technord, our different historical partners receive new opportunities to grow their notoriety. I'm pleased that Circus and Technord, two Walloon companies with a passion for cycling and long interest in our structure, associate their name with our youth project. We also welcome Re-Uz in our family of partners, another company with Walloon roots and international scope. The important role played by Re-Uz from its first steps with our team is probably the start of a long and nice cooperation. It is with proudness and impatience that we're waiting to follow our young talents on the European roads in 2023!” - Jean-François Bourlart (CEO Continuum Sports)

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Former pro cyclist and sport director Noël Dejonckheere dies at age of 67

VeloNews posted this sad news:

Former pro and sport director Noël Dejonckheere has died at 67.

The Belgian’s cycling career began after he won the amateur points race at the UCI track World Championships in 1978. He turned pro in 1979 and raced professionally on the road for 10 years, largely based and racing in Spain.

Dejonckheere’s most notable victories include six Vuelta a España stage wins, three of which were in 1984.

He was also twice the champion of Paris-Nice.

After retiring from the peloton, Dejonckheere had managerial roles at both 7-Eleven/Motorola and BMC Racing, in addition to directing USA Cycling’s U23 development program in Belgium.

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