The gap between the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France is a “special” time. For cycling fans, the continuous morphine drip of a multi-day stage race ends, sending us into a wild search of a new supply of our favorite droga. Doping rumors, sponsorship changes, and a horde of National Championship races provide meager addictive sustenance resulting in a Twitta cray-fest.

Speaking of sustenance, let’s suck the marrow out from bones of this break before fattening ourselves on fresh French race meats.


Garmin-Barracuda have announced they’ve added Sharp as a title sponsor effectively kicking Barracuda off the top podium step. Officially titled Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, the Aigle geniuses, just as they did for Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek, won’t allow for the nombre trifecta. Sharp, besides the obvious Rapha-Condor-Sharp, reminds me of FIFA98 and my destruction of the league with Manchester United. Those where the days.

As of press time, the Castelli-made kit was unavailable for ridicule.

Full story on Velonation: Sharp joins Slipstream Sports as co-sponsor of Team Garmin

Pre-Tour Vacuum: Sponsorship Musical Chairs - Vaughters Says Things

Additionally, Jonathan Vaughters spoke with Shane Stokes of Velonation re: the new sponsor as well as touching on Ryder doing The Double, and Dan Martin finally going to the Tour. Good stuff.

Full story on Velonation: Jonathan Vaughters Interview: New backer, July targets and chasing Giro-Tour double

Cock Hawk Down

Another unexpected (at least I didn’t expect it…) signing came in the form of Saxo Bank adding Tinkoff Bank.

Yes, this Tinkoff.

Cycleboredom | Pre-Tour Vacuum: Sponsorship Musical Chairs - Tyler on Tinkoff

Oh hai, Tyler.    Credit: Cyclingnews/Roberto Bettini

While this bodes well for Riis and an August raging Contador, it seems as though our beloved Cock Hawk has been pushed below the belt. Luckily, I was on hand to capture the tear of the Cock Hawk.

Cycleboredom | Pre-Tour Vacuum: Sponsorship Musical Chairs - Tear of the Cock Hawk

A single, jewel-like tear emanates from the Eye of the Cock Hawk.

At first I was repulsed, but when my more sensible Euro-aesthetic awareness kicked in I find I’m enamored with the kit remix. This kit is garish enough to ensconce itself within the eye-shredding era of the 90s. I haz a sad that it won’t be available for Le Tour, but it should be ready to ride the back of Clenty for La Vuelta.

Cycleboredom | Pre-Tour Vacuum: Sponsorship Musical Chairs - Saxo/Tinkoff Kit

This kit literally screams at you. It’ll siphon other sponsors TV money-time just by existing in the break/peloton. Credit: Bank – Tinkoff Bank

Full story on Velonation: Tinkoff returns to cycling as Team Saxo Bank co-sponsor through 2013

Full story and kit reveal on Cyclingnews: Tinkoff Bank announced as co-sponsor to Saxo Bank