Team Raleigh have unveiled their new 2014 kit – although it may look somewhat familiar to long-standing fans of cycling.
As predicted in this week’s Cycling Weekly (February 6 issue), the team will wear a red, yellow and black strip this season, which pays homage to the TI-Raleigh squad that ran in the 1970s and early 1980s.
That incarnation of the team, which included the likes of Peter Post and Jan Raas among its line-up, won numerous Tour de France stages and some of the sport’s biggest one-day events.
The modern set-up, run by Cherie Pridham and Eddie White, have ambitions of progressing through the ranks to pick up where predecessor finished.
“It’s a step-by-step journey,” Pridham told CW at the end of January. “I think we’re at the stage now where we need to starting looking for corporate partners to help take Raleigh back up to the top levels of the sport. We have to be realistic and have a natural progression.”
She described this year’s roster, which includes the likes of Yanto Barker, Ian Wilkinson and former British Cycling Olympic Academy rider George Atkins, as “mighty”. Current world madison champion Morgan Kneisky and promising cyclo-cross rider Matthieu Boulo add to the team’s French contingent.
“We’ve always got the Tour Series at the back of our minds. Every rider we’ve brought in for 2014 will hopefully fit into the approach quite nicely,” Pridham added.
They will start their season at the Tour Méditerranéen in France, which begins on Thursday.