Tinkoff include the Napoli football shirt into their split training jersey

Tinkoff have released a new training jersey on the eve of the Dubai Tour to commemorate former Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona.

The half-and-half jersey incorporates the bright yellow colours of Tinkoff’s current kit as well as the iconic blue colours of Napoli, taken from when Maradona formerly played for the club.

Based on the 1987 version of Napoli’s shirt, the year in which Maradona won his first Italian Championship with the club, it will also include his famous number 10 on the back.

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The football legend has been an ambassador for the Dubai Sports Council since 2012 and frequently attends the race.

The jersey was displayed by the members of the team during a training ride around Dubai which included Michael Rogers and Erik Baska, who will line up in the race in the race which begins February 3.

Diego Armando Maradona signs Tinkoff cycling team during the Opening ceremony. Dubai, UAE, 2 February 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

Diego Armando Maradona signs Tinkoff cycling team during the Opening ceremony. Dubai, UAE, 2 February 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

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Also joining them on the ride was stunt rider Vittorio Brumotti. We don’t quite know why either, but expect to see him sporting the shirt in the near future in one of his videos.

However they might just want to make it a few sizes bigger if they expect Maradona to be wearing it during the tour.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    I wondered that myself there must be reason but I cannot see it.

  • J1

    You spelled Cricket wrong.

  • briantrousers

    Why would a respected professional cycling team want to associate itself with a drug taking cheat, oh hang on……

  • Mariusz

    If the cycling wuold be easy it would be called “football”