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Monday, January 2, 2023

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Team Jayco AlUla shows 2023 racing kit

The team sent me this:

A new year and new name brings a fresh new kit design for 2023 - Team Jayco AlUla is proud to present its classy Alé Cycling kit for the coming season presented by Giro d’Italia stage winner Matteo Sobrero and new recruit Letizia Paternoster.

Matteo & Letizia show the 2023 kit.

The Italian duo spent the day at the Alé Headquarters in Veneto to see how the team’s performance apparel is made before the athletes are handed the final result.

Returning to classy block colours, the men’s design stands out with its dynamic blue tones representing the core colours of the squad’s bike sponsor Giant, with a white upper body and shoulder area for style and greater visibility in the bunch.

The women’s design also takes on the classic blue tones while incorporating the key colours of the bike brand Liv, through subtle hints of Aubergine. With the shoulders and arms also white, the two team kit designs complement each other for an elegant and sophisticated look in 2023.

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Team Uno-X New Year's update

The team's general manager Jens Haugland sent this:

It is a Christmas tradition to invite riders and team friends in the Lillehammer region for a round of cross-country skiing in our beautiful tracks. I completely misjudged my shape, the conditions and the consequences of being an amateur among pros. After 45km in 3:30 together with a group of 10 horses I had to tell girlfriend and kids that dad is dead meat for the rest of the day. One of the strongest: our Chairman, Vegar Kulset.

I will now spend time on the sofa crossing fingers for the best skier in the world – Tour de Ski is yours Johannes!

Uno-X rider Tobias Halland Johannessen wins stage 4 of the 2022 Etoile de Bessèges.


The new system rewards top performances in the biggest races in the world and put emphasis on the importance of a roster with depth. Both aspects seem to be fair from my perspective. However, then I also suggest that the UCI secures participation for the best-ranked ProTeams in the biggest races. Frankly speaking, it is strange to see ProTeams ranked >50 (or not even ranked at all?) racing Grand Tours.

What does the system mean for Uno-X? Well, first of all we have to plan well. Then, we need to perform well. All in all, we are ambitious in our long-term strategy of developing the depth in our squads. We are very aware of our position and our challenges.

I am confident in how Kurt Asle and Alexandra will lead us in this.


Still no confirmations. I am excited, nervous and impatient. It is out of our hands, but I honestly believe we have done everything in our power to receive a wild card invitation. Now, we just have to wait and see. I really would like to travel to Paris in early January.


I can spend hours writing about riders we have signed, re-signed and unfortunately decided to let go. We have signed a world-star in Kristoff, big players in Koster, Dideriksen, Confalonieri, a world-talent in J. Kulset and we have re-signed with the Norwegian next gen in Ysland and Ottestad.

A special thanks to Torjus, Iver, Morten, Lars and Kristian. I wish you all the best in the future!

Syver – at the end of the day, that very unfortunate accident in 2018 forced you to retire. It feels unfair. You deserved better. But don’t worry – you will be just fine. In all possible ways. Because of who you are and how you treat others. We are proud of you.

Women’s WorldTeam

-          Riders signed: Koster (24), Dideriksen (24), Confalonieri (24).

-          Riders re-signed: Ysland (25), Ottestad (25).

Men’s ProTeam

-          Riders signed: Kristoff (25), Bendixen (24).

-          Riders signed from devo: Hansen (24), Fredheim (25), Kulset M (24).

-          Riders re-signed: Kulset S (24), Bugge (23), Abrahamsen (24), Blikra (23), Skaarseth A (25).

-          Riders not re-signed: Sleen, Skaarseth I, Hulgaard, Saugstad.

-          From rider to performance coach: Kulset K.

-          «Forced to retire»: Wærsted.

Men’s DevoTeam

-          Riders signed: Kulset J (27, pro from 24), Grenaae (24), Hansen (24), Landbo (24), Larsen (24), Madsen (24), Nordhagen (24).              

-          Riders re-signed: Brynsrud (23), Bevort (23), Dalby (26, pro from 25), Sylling (23), Løland (25, pro from 24).

-          Riders not re-signed: Skivild, Aagaard, Johansson.

In 2023 we will have 24 pros from Norway and 12 pros from Denmark. In our women’s team we will have riders from 8 nations. We will have 8 devo riders from Norway, and 4 from Denmark.

To sum-up: Uno-X contracts 32 riders from Norway, 16 riders from Denmark and 8 riders from the rest of Europe.

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Soudal-Quick Step team boss Patrick Lefevre looks forward to the 2023 season

Here’s the team’s post:

“As I like to say, every New Year brings a new beginning, and 2023 is no different for our team. We have a new title sponsor in Soudal, who have joined our other long-standing partners with the goal of helping the squad remain at the top of its game and among the best in the world.

Patrick Lefevre (right) with Mark Cavendish at the 2014 Tour de France. Sirotti photo

We enter this 21st season after what has been a fantastic and memorable year, which will be very difficult to repeat. To win Classics, Grand Tour stages, a Grand Tour and the World Championships in a time span of more or less half a year is remarkable, and we can all be proud – from riders and staff to sponsors and fans – of what we have achieved together. At the same time, we think also about those who are in difficulty during these trying times, and we hope that cycling in general, and our team in particular, have brought them some moments of joy and will continue doing that.

We are prepared to work hard and showcase the same Wolfpack mentality and winning spirit that have helped us stand out in all these years. We are also excited to expand our family with the three women’s teams and the men’s development squad, which we look forward to seeing in action this year.

On behalf of everyone at Soudal Quick-Step, I want to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families!”

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New season on the horizon as UAE Team Emirates rolls into 2023

Here’s the team’s update:

Emirati squad looks to build on successful 2022 campaign

After the most winning year in the team’s history in 2022, UAE Team Emirates will take confidence into 2023 and are motivated to build on the 47 victory tally from last season.

UAE Team Emirates is presented before the start of the the 2022 Tour de France. Sirotti photo.

The team was in Spain in December showing off their new kits and getting in the kilometres ahead of the upcoming season.

Mauro Gianetti (Team Principal & CEO): “Last year was a big success for us, with many important victories and special moments as a team. That success keeps us even more motivated to work hard and build for a good 2023.

"The new riders are settling in well and excited to get their first races started with the team.

"We had an excellent training camp all together in December and it’s full steam ahead now with the first races in Australia just weeks away.”

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