January 1 means that new signings can finally don their new team kits and a few of them tweeted themselves in their new outfit

Michael Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

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The former world champion left Etixx-Quick Step to head up Team Sky’s Ardennes Classics squad as well as bolster the British team’s stage racing options.

Kwiato gets his nickname on his right sleeve as well as the rainbow stripes around the arms and collar in recognition of his win in Ponferrada in 2014.

Richie Porte (BMC)

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It feels like a long time ago that we learned that Richie Porte would be moving to BMC and now we finally see the Australian in the American team’s kit.

Dan Martin (Etixx-Quick Step)

Dan Martin swapped Cannondale’s Argyle pattern for Etixx’s new blue and black ensemble. The former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner gets the green, white and orange stripes on his sleeves to signify he’s a former Irish champion.

Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo)

We’ve already seen Fabian Cancellara in the new Trek-Segafredo kit, but now Ryder Hesjedal – joined from Cannondale – shows off the pinstripe look.

The former Giro d’Italia winner will give Trek another option in the Grand Tours, with stage wins very much on the cards even if his days of challenging for the GC are behind him.

Pierre Rolland (Cannondale)

C'est parti pour 2016 : First training with new color @rideargyle @cannondalepro

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While Cannondale’s GC hopes were diminished with the departures of Hesjedal and Martin, Jonathan Vaughters moved quickly to sign Rigoberto Uran (Etixx) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).

Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida)

Louis Meintjes in 2016

Louis Meintjes in 2016

Adam Blythe (Tinkoff)

1st ride done in the new kit! Love it!! 👌🏻

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Adam Blythe showed of his horrible training kit earlier in the week, but pulled on the yellow and blue ensemble on Monday.

Dani Moreno and Carlos Betancur (Movistar)

Carlos Betancur has been allowed to wear his Movistar kit for a while, but fellow new signing Dani Moreno has had to wait to show off his new colours after joining from Katusha.

Michal Golas (Team Sky)

Michal Golas joins his fellow Pole Kwiatkowski at Sky for 2016, but instead of the world champion’s bands on his sleeve, Golas has the white and red of a former Polish champion.

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