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No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,466
edited January 2019 in Pro race
As I've not seen any of the TDU or other winter training races, and will probably not jump back into watching until OHN, what will confuse the hell out of me watching the first races?

Which teams am I likely to confuse in their new kits, especially when glimpsing a quick helicopter shot through the trees of a 10 man break?
Which teams will I think don't have anyone in the break or front group and are inexplicably absent from all action, because they've completely changed team kit colour?
Which riders will I think are on a different team as I haven't been paying attention to transfers?
Which riders will I be tipping to do something in a race, only to realise far later they aren't there because they've retired or dropped a level (it's Terpstra, isn't it?)?

I always takes me ages to get to grips with. Help a guy out here.
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  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    Haha it usually takes me to msr to know who’s gone where and what bikes and kit everyone’s on.

    Things you will notice
    Trek and Specialized teams heavily into discs
    Ef have the best kit the promotions seen for years
    The specialised aero road bike finally looks like something I’d ride.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,902
    edited January 2019
    Sunweb have changed to a red kit and look more like last year's Trek than this year's Trek do
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  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,759
    There is a whole bunch of cyclo-cross riders doing road this year, and they are all called van de something...
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,466
    ridgerider wrote:
    There is a whole bunch of cyclo-cross riders doing road this year, and they are all called van de something...

    The various vans have always confused me. If only someone could just put them all on the same team.

    Haha it usually takes me to msr to know who’s gone where and what bikes and kit everyone’s on.

    Things you will notice
    Trek and Specialized teams heavily into discs
    Ef have the best kit the promotions seen for years
    The specialised aero road bike finally looks like something I’d ride.

    The EFEF kit looks quite good. I've only just got accustomed to Lampre being someone else and not pink though.

    I'm unlikely to notice anything much about the bikes, tbh. I can just about get it together to know that Sky ride Pinarello and Trek ride... Trek. Bikes are just the bits under the riders with things that go round and round to me.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,466
    RichN95 wrote:
    Sunweb have changed to a red kit and look more like last year's Trek than this year's Trek do

    I thought Sunweb went orange? So they look like BMC, who aren't BMC anymore, but CCC, and are also orange. Richie Porte stays in red though, because he went to Trek. So I'm going to think that BMC still exist and ride in red.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • RichN95 wrote:
    Sunweb have changed to a red kit and look more like last year's Trek than this year's Trek do

    I thought Sunweb went orange? So they look like BMC, who aren't BMC anymore, but CCC, and are also orange. Richie Porte stays in red though, because he went to Trek. So I'm going to think that BMC still exist and ride in red.

    In a lot of the promo photos, it does look a bit orange, but in reality, it is exactly how Rich describes it.

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  • ajkerr73ajkerr73 Posts: 287
    ridgerider wrote:
    There is a whole bunch of cyclo-cross riders doing road this year, and they are all called van de something...

    I once picked a TDF dream team which only had riders with "Double" surnames.

    Predictably enough, one GVA and TJVG had their early stage successes, it sucked the big one!
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,638
    ajkerr73 wrote:
    ridgerider wrote:
    There is a whole bunch of cyclo-cross riders doing road this year, and they are all called van de something...

    I once picked a TDF dream team which only had riders with "Double" surnames.

    Predictably enough, one GVA and TJVG had their early stage successes, it sucked the big one!

    You dropped a bo11ock, there: could have Alberto Contador Velasco, Alejandro Valverde Belmonte, Nairo Quintana Rojas, Luis Leon Sanchez.... etc.
  • And Dimension Data now ride BMC bikes, on discs. So cue lots of "are disc brakes bad and are they why Cav doesn't win?" chat.
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    And Dimension Data now ride BMC bikes, on discs. So cue lots of "are disc brakes bad and are they why Cav doesn't win?" chat.

    Cav doesnt win because he falls off a lot and because he's not a good as he was. :lol:

    (he falls off because he wasnt on disk brakes last year)
  • And from a personal point of view Cofidis (not at all races I know due to not being WT) have changed from a kit that stood out to a bland one that will just blend in with the rest.
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