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Rebranded Bahrain-McLaren’s jersey will really stand out in the peloton

Light orange, red, black and splash of light blue for 2020

So far around a half-dozen WorldTour teams have released their 2020 kits, and next season’s theme–except for the uniform of Dimension Data’s latest incarnation, NTT Pro Cycling–seems to be “more of the same”. Trek-Segafredo, Bora-Hansgrohe and EF Education have all gone with variations of their 2019 threads, while Ineos’s togs haven’t changed at all. However, the newly rebranded Bahrain-McLaren squad has gone with something really different, as it presented its orange, red and black fade body and light blue armbands on Monday.

Although there’s has been some initial reaction that the new look is gaudy and a farrago of colours seemingly picked at random, there will be no mistaking Bahrain-McLaren riders in the pack.

Despite the melange of orange, red and black dominating the new palette, the light blue details really complete the look. Merida is still the team’s bike supplier, and this colour pops up in places like the saddle rails and the insides of the forks. Even the collars of the team’s bottles get this splash of blue.

While Vincenzo Nibali has headed off to Trek and Rohan Dennis joined the ranks of Ineos, Bahrain-McLaren reloaded with Mikel Landa, Wout Poels, Mark Cavendish, Eros Capecchi, Pello Bilbao and Rafael Valls among the 11 incoming transfers for 2020. Sadly, there seems to be no room for Domenico Pozzovivo.