Team Sky reveal special one-off kit ahead of unofficial debut as Team Ineos

Team Ineos revealed their one-off kit on Twitter.

Team Sky have unveiled a special one-off kit for their unofficial debut as Team Ineos at the Tour de Romandie.

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas will lead the team in the temporary design, before an official launch at the Tour de Yorkshire from 2-5 May.

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, rules that teams cannot compete in separate races under different names, or change their name mid-race.

The Tour de Romandie runs from 30 April until 5 May.

Because of the overlap between the two events, Team Sky had to rebrand themselves in time for the start of the Tour de Romandie, in Switzerland, if they wanted to compete under the Ineos name in Yorkshire.

The team will wear a black kit featuring a white Ineos logo on the front in Switzerland, before revealing a new design and colours in Yorkshire on 1 May.

Chemicals firm Ineos, owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, confirmed its takeover of the team last month.

Broadcaster Sky said in December it would end its decade-long commitment at the end of 2019, during which time the team have won eight Grand Tours.

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