By Steve Frothingham
Team Astana will wear a new kit in either Thursday or Friday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia to signal upcoming changes at the team, sources told VeloNews.
The team’s special kit will include the names of all of the current sponsors, but the design itself will be changed.
“There is no sponsor change, just changes to how the jersey looks to represent the significant changes that are ahead for the team,” said a source who is in close contact with the team.
Another source confirmed a “dramatic” design change — that will retain the team’s existing sponsors’ logos — and noted that the new kit is scheduled to arrive at the team’s hotel Wednesday.
The team has had financial difficulties and team manager Johan Bruyneel told the Associated Press this week that the UCI has sent a warning letter to the team’s owner, the Kazakhstan cycling federation. Bruyneel said the letter informs the federation that team’s license will be suspended if the financial issues are not taken care of by May 31.
Mini-Explainer: Can Astana change uniforms mid-race?