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by Mark Zalewski
December 13, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.
Team BMC unveiled its 2017 kit design, complete with a change in kit supplier with Swiss-based Assos. This is a return of sorts as the team wore Assos when it began as a Continental team in 2007, before switching to Hincapie and then Pearl Izumi clothing. The new jersey reflects the addition of Tag Heuer as a sponsor.
Courtesy: BMC Racing Team
“We recognize that by working with some of the top riders in the world at BMC Racing Team, we have a focused channel to create, experiment and develop new advancements unknown today. It pushes us to go further than just developing products for commercial use, and of course is an ideal tool to test new technology before it’s made available in our collection,” ASSOS Chairman and CEO, Phil Duff said.
“At BMC Racing Team we are always looking to improve and innovate, particularly when it comes to technical apparel,” said BMC Racing Team General Manager, Jim Ochowicz. “ASSOS of Switzerland are specialists in engineering and aerodynamics, and have mastered the creation of racing apparel suitable for all weather conditions and elements. With their Swiss quality and technical achievements, they were a natural fit as our technical apparel partners.”
The team also announced it will ride Vittoria tires next season.
“Our 2017 riders are already riding on Vittoria tires here at our pre-season training camp in Denia on the BMC Teammachine SLR01, which has the new red colorway for the 2017 season,” said Ochowicz.