MTN-Qhubeka reveals personalised A-Z rider jerseys

Tour de France wildcard MTN-Qhubeka have assigned each rider a letter of the alphabet, which they will sport on the back of their jerseys this year

Just a week after IAM Cycling announced the UCI had blocked its attempt to sport personalised jerseys in races this year, Tour de France wildcards MTN-Qhubeka released details of its own custom designs.

Each of the 26 riders in the squad has been assigned a letter of the alphabet which will appear on the back of their jersey, making it easier for viewers to spot their favourite rider.

The big names, such as Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar receive letters of their initials, but poor Matt Brammeier is stuck with the letter I and Natnael Berhane somehow ends up with the X.

South African youngster Songezo Jim will have reason for disappointment, however, with his letter Q. Not only does he not have a Q in his name, but the team’s original kit featured a Q on the back, so he doesn’t even get any new stash.

MTN-Qhubeka's alphabet of riders

A – Andreas Stauff

B – Theo Bos

C – Gerald Ciolek

D – Daniel Teklehaimont

E – Edvald Boasson Hagen

F – Tyler Farrar

G – Matt Goss

I – Matt Brammeier

J – Jacques Janse van Rensburg

K – Kristian Sbaragli

L – Louis Meintjes

M – Merhawi Kudus

N – Adrien Niyonshuti

P – Serge Pauwels

Q – Songezo Jim

R – Reinardt Janse van Rensburg

S – Steve Cummings

T – Jay Thomson

U – Nicolas Dougall

V – Jaco Venter

X – Natnael Berhane

Y – Youcef Reguigui

Z – Johann van Zyl

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.