Roger Hammond showed off the new Team High Road kit at the British National Cyclo-Cross Championships in Birmingham at the weekend.
Gone has the lurid and highly visible Euro pink of the T-Mobile kit to be replaced with austere black and grey of Team High Road. When the German telecommunications giant pulled out of sponsoring the ProTour squad in November after a series of doping revelations, the team's management company - High Road Sports Inc. - effectively became title sponsor.
Compared to some of the team strips doing the rounds, the Team High Road jersey is almost completely bare of sponsors' names. Only Giant, who provide the squad with bicycles, are an instantly recognisable name on the strip. But even they are tucked away just below the neck line.
High Road have obviously taken a conscious decision to make a clean (sorry) break with the past, leaving behind any resemblance to the old squad. Is black boring? Is it classy? The change in kit obviously hasn't done Hammond any harm - he won the National Cyclo-Cross Championships, taking his tally of national cross titles to eight.
Hammond and former T-Mobile team-mate Mark Cavendish are joined by Cofidis convert Bradley Wiggins for the 2008 season to make a trio of Brits at Team High Road. The team's first ProTour outing will be over January 22-27 at the Tour Down Under in Australia.
Roger Hammond at the British National Cyclo-Cross Championships
Team High Road 2008
Michael Barry (Canada)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
Marcus Burghardt (Germany)
Mark Cavendish (GB)
Gerald Ciolek (Germany)
Scott Davis (Australia)
John Devine (USA)
Bernhard Eisel (Austria)
Linus Gerdemann (Germany)
Bert Grabsch (Germany)
Andre Greipel (Germany)
Roger Hammond (GB)
Adam Hansen (Australia)
Greg Henderson (NZ)
George Hincapie (USA)
Kim Kirchen (Lux)
Andreas Klier (Germany)
Servais Knaven (Netherlands)
Craig Lewis (USA)
Thomas Lovqvist (Sweden)
Tony Martin (Germany)
Marco Pinotti (Italy)
Morris Possoni (Italy)
Vicente Reynes (Spain)
Michael Rogers (Australia)
Marcel Sieberg (Germany)
Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
Bradley Wiggins (GB)
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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