Hello 2012! It was going to be an interesting day as Zdenek Stybar was about to reveal his new team kit and his new Specialized bike and BKCP was also due to switch to Colnagos. There were some rumors that the Landbouwkrediet team might change to Scott bikes, but either misunderstood something or the deal fell through, either way, Sven Nys paraded on his good old Colnago.
That being said, he and the rest of his team sported a new, predominantly green jersey, but the fasion-related star of the day was clearly Stybar, who wore a pink fedora while riding up and down, right before the start. Check to photo below. His performance was less stellar but he has probably already set his eyes on preparing for the road season. On the other hand, it was great to see Bart Wellens riding strong, his third place looks promising for next weeks Belgian National Champs.
All in all, it was a great way to start the year – there are still 10 more races until the season ends, so plenty more opportunities for great pictures. I’m returning to London tomorrow morning and will head up to Ipswich on Sunday to find out who will be crowned as the British Champion. It will be a good one, that’s for sure!