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by Neal Rogers

December 12, 2017

Giro d’Italia keeping Plan B in mind as violence erupts in Jerusalem; UCI announces 2018 WorldTour, Pro Continental licenses; GreenEdge reveals 2018 Mitchelton-Scott kits; BMC Racing adds a touch of blue to 2018 kits; Fresh ink: Did four new Astana riders get team tattoos in Kazakhstan?; BMC Racing targets Santos Tour Down Under with winners of past four editions; Campagnolo returns to apparel business; Movistar sending strong team to Argentina for 2018 Vuelta a San Juan; Australian Cycling Academy to help give racers ‘options beyond sport’; Schwarzenegger, Sagan, and Mayor of Paris share findings on cycling to work; Video: Brazilian Evandro Portela sets record of 202 km/h on a bicycle; Video: Rapha Supercross Nobeyama Day 2.

Fresh ink: Did four new Astana riders get team tattoos in Kazakhstan?

by CyclingTips

The Astana Pro Team shared a video over the weekend of four new riders — Truls Korsæth, Hugo Houle, Jan Hirt, and Yevgeniy Gidich — getting the team logo tattooed across various body parts. “Yes, it’s painful, but you must respect the rules!” the team’s Twitter account said.

But was it real? None of the four riders commented about getting tattoos on their social media accounts, while the skin around their “finished” tattoos didn’t appear to bleed, and didn’t have the trademark red, raised skin that usually accompanies fresh ink. No images of the riders sporting bandages have been seen, either.

Real or not, some weren’t impressed with the idea. Former pro Michael Rasmussen commented on Twitter, “If all teams [introduced] a similar rule there will riders in their mid-thirties walking around with a boat load of tattoos in 15 years from now. I cannot imagine how much I would hate myself for having a CSC-Tiscali or Rabobank tattoo on my chest.”

Video: 2018 Astana Pro Team presentation in Kazakhstan