27,000 bottles, 12,500 gels and 1,288 tonnes of CO2: The environmental cost of a WorldTour team

Deceuninck - Quick-Step have calculated their consumption and pledged to go carbon neutral

Bottle vest and team buses parked up at a race (Getty)

At their team presentation in Calpe, Spain, Deceuninck - Quick-Step performed the usual unveiling of their 2020 roster as well as bestowing sponsors with adequate attention and adoration. Slipped in the middle, however, was another announcement that is a first for a professional cycling team. Deceuninck - Quick-Step are going carbon neutral.

While the tide of environmentalist sentiment will only increase through this new decade, the world's top-ranked cycling team have pledged a number of energy-efficient improvements to their business operations. More crucially they have promised to offset their remaining CO2 emissions by supporting certified climate projects.

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