Team Sky and Rapha announce end to partnership

Rapha will end its partnership with Team Sky at the end of the 2016 season, four years after replacing Adidas as the team's kit provider

Chris Froome and his teammates celebrate during Stage 21 of the 2015 Tour de France

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High-end clothing brand Rapha has announced that it will not be renewing its partnership with Team Sky after the 2016 season - bringing an end to a four-year partnership.

Rapha chief executive, Simon Mottram, announced in an open letter that the decision was taken by both the company and the WorldTour team, with Rapha looking to support racing in new territories in 2017.

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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.