In 2011, Leopard Trek bucked the trend and turned out in the first genuinely tasteful professional kit seen since the early 1980s. Using just three colours, a wide expanse of black across the shoulders and upper torso, separated from the pure white midriff by a band of sky blue, it could have come straight from the drawing board of a top Italian designer - and if the team's matching Mercedes Benz cars and enormous, space-shuttle-like bus are anything to go on, they had the money for it to have done so. Logos were kept to the minimum. There was Leopard, the name of manager Bryan Nygaard's racing company, Trek who supplied the bikes, Mercedes and a few restrained placings of the team's symbol, which rapidly became as recognisable to cycling fans as the Mercedes star is to car fans. Then there were the bikes: all Trek Madones are beautiful, but when painted up to match the kit, the effect was stunning - but it lasted for just a year because, when Leopard Trek merged with Radioshack, a fourth colour was added and new logos appeared. It's still one of the better kits, but the simple beauty was gone.
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Fans will be able to show their support with replica kits, available to buy from Prendas Cyclismo at the end of March - and there's really no reason not to do so.