First photos as Giant-Alpecin announces new team kit (video)

See what sprint star Marcel Kittel, and the rest of the Giant-Alpecin team, will be wearing this year

Words by Rob McCallum

We’ve already seen new kits from the likes of Team Sky, Etixx-Quickstep, MTN Qhubeka and even Team Wiggins, and now it’s the turn of Giant-Alpecin (previously Giant Shimano).

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The new kit, which will be worn by the likes of Marcel Kittel, Simon Geschke, Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin, inverts the black and white of last season, in which Kittel won eight Le Tour stages. He will begin the season by wearing it at this year’s Tour Down Under.

According to the team, the first stripe represents “the continuous development of the athlete”, while the second symbolises the creation of “an alternative elite sports environment”. They just look like two white stripes to us, but it is pretty exciting to see what one of the world’s top sprinters will be racing in this year.

Watch the team’s launch video below, and scroll down for more images.

Alongside the new Giant-Alpecin kit is the women's Liv-Plantur livery

Alongside the new Giant-Alpecin kit is the women’s Liv-Plantur livery

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin, who won bronze in the men's time trial in 2014's world champs

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin, who won bronze in the men’s time trial in 2014’s world champs