Mapei return to cycling team sponsorship with UK club

The Italian company's sponsorship will help send academy riders to races further afield

The iconic multi-coloured Mapei cubetti jersey has adorned many of the sport’s greatest riders as they won Monuments, Classics and Grand Tours but it’s not been seen in action since the professional team folded at the end of 2002.

Now the design will be seen in the peloton once more as it has been revived for small UK club Halesowen A&CC Academy after it struck a sponsorship deal with the Italian grout manufacturer.

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