Team Leopard. Copy Cat.

The Leopard jersey. Look familiar?

After enduring months and months of secretive tease from the Brothers Schleck and their ringmaster Brian Nygaard, we finally got our first look at the exciting new Leopard kit.

Wait, this looks familiar: Clean, bold, uncluttered black with a chest-high band of pastel mint blue-green and a block of white on the back? Why, it’s the Team Sky kit.

Does the UCI have a rule about ripping off another team’s design work? Will Sky’s boss David Brailsford plan legal action in light of the blatant theft of his graphic look? We’re looking a Leopard, the Copy Cat Squad.

Nygaard and his cays have been putting this team together for almost a year. Any fool could see the startling resemblance to the Sky design. This should have been caught in the sketch stage. Imitation is flattery but it’s also insulting, low on creativity and borderline illegal.

Twisted Spoke can almost feel the outrage, indignant forum comments and general laughter from the blogosphere. Leopard True Racing. How about starting with some true colors?

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  • rmba

    …and the new Garmin-Cervelo kit is not too different, either

  • Ed Rubinstein

    The Leopard-Trek kit should be called the Leopard [Your-Name-Could-Be-Here] Trek kit. I am sure I am not the only one that suspects that the delay in announcing the team name and revealing their 2011 kit had something to do with a 3rd hoped for name sponsor that either was never signed or that backed out. I expect that sometime before the Tour they will find a 3rd sponsor and the big blank white front of their kit will be occupied by a sponsor's logo/name.

    • http://www.atwistedspoke.com TwistedSpoke

      Design-wise, that might be an improvement to have a 3rd sponsor. I'm not much on the style and think it's a rip-off of the Sky kit. Matt

    • http://www.yahoo.com/ Kristabelle

      This has made my day. I wish all pstiogns were this good.

      • http://www.atwistedspoke.com TwistedSpoke

        We do what we can to please, Kristabelle. Nice name. Matt