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Former world champion Mark Cavendish revealed his new Omega Pharma-Quick Step kit this week on a training ride in Tuscany, Italy. Cavendish, who transfered to the Belgian squad from Sky on January 1, will join his new team for a training camp in Spain this week before heading to his season-opener at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina later this month.
“It was a nice ride, and I was enthusiastic about officially wearing my new kit,” Cavendish said in a press release. “The heritage of this team is incredible; it’s been around since 2003. I’m proud to wear this jersey that Tom (Boonen) and the other guys on the team have made unique in the group. Now I, too, want to contribute and feel like this jersey I’m wearing is even more my own.”
Cavendish said he approached the squad’s team building camp last month with some trepidation, but was quickly at ease amongst his new teammates.
“I have to say that the first approach with the team at the team building in Slovakia and at Mallorca during the training camp was great! When you come to a new group, you never know how it’s going to go or how to behave,” he said. “Instead, with this group there was immediate synchrony. Everyone here, staff and athletes, really loves cycling and is psyched to be a part of this group that has such a great history. For me, it’s important to be a part of this and to feel the faith around me.”