Lotto-Jumbo are not ‘the old Lotto’, we’ll get to that next, but rather confusingly, they are the latest incarnation of Jan Raas’ Rabobank.
This Dutch team are still a strong squad, with a recent back-catalogue of cyclo-cross and time trial victories to boast about, Lotto-Jumbo are a powerhouse of strength and a name worth remembering.
Lotto-Soudal are the old Lotto, or Lotto-Belisol as they were more recently known, and they continue as they were despite a name change and kit update.
André Greipel, Lars Bak and Tony Gallopin all still wear the name and will make Lotto-Soudal a team to still bank on this year.
Etixx Quick-step, as you’d imagine, are the new Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Yes, a team who’s name we were just starting to get used to saying has now moved on and updated itself, such is the nature of the sport.
Keep an eye on Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw.
Cannondale Garmin, the latest Garmin-Sharp, sees the team ditch the popular blue, red and white kit and opt for a black kit with lime green trimming and detail. This change is kit will upset a few fan-kit wearers, but cycling is a progressive sport, and so we must move on.
Jack Bauer, the New-Zealand born rider, comes into his 30th year this year and has become a regular fixture on the roads.