For the third year running, EF Education-Easy Post will head into the Giro d'Italia wearing a new kit.
With their usual pink team jersey too close to the race's iconic maglia rosa the US-based WorldTour team have instead opted for something a little darker ahead of Friday's opening stage in Budapest.
Noted for their bright kit designs, made in conjunction with sponsor Rapha, the eight-man EF squad will race the 105th edition of the Giro in a jersey that blends black with dark green, to match their bibs, as well as the occasional splash of pink too. However this being EF the kit is far from muted. It uses a similar deconstructed Argyle-inspired pattern featured on the traditional pink kit, which is a nod the team's Garmin-Slipstream days and looks as though it were designed by Jackson Pollock.
The team created plenty of publicity during the 2020 Giro when they teamed up with skateboard brand Palace to create a kit that featured, among other things, a cartoon image of a duck. Unfortunately the kit had been registered late resulting in a fine, which only seemed to add to its notoriety, with jerseys swapping hands on eBay for the price of a decent set of carbon wheels.
EF's line-up for this year's race features plenty of stage winning potential in the shape of Magnus Cort, who rides La Corsa Rosa for the first time and will hope to add to his six Vuelta and two TdF stage wins, Jonathan Caicedo, who won stage three on Mount Etna in the 2020 Giro as well as the British pair of Simon Carr and Owain Doull.
The team's GC hopes look to rest squarely on the shoulders of another Brit, climber Hugh Carthy, who finished eighth in the 2021 edition.
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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for over twenty years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He fell in love with cycling at an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a passionate follower of bike racing to this day as well an avid road and gravel rider.
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