‘I don’t think anyone rides SRAM unless paid or forced by their sponsor’: Phil Gaimon calls Jumbo-Visma dropping Shimano a ‘marginal loss’; The Shell logo appears on (most) GB kits; Boonen: Van Aert could do better + more on the live blog

The Shell era has begun…

Britain won three medals on day one of the Track Cycling World Championships in France last night, with Jess Roberts winning a bronze medal in the women’s 10km scratch race before the men’s sprint and women also won bronze. The team pursuit teams were also up to snuff: the women qualified second fastest, the men prepare to face Italy in today’s gold medal chase after beating New -Zealand.

Katie Archibald has returned to competition as part of the women’s pursuit team, her first race since the death of partner Rab Wardell in August. No one could blame him for a British medal there…

Elsewhere, the talk of the town was Britain’s new shoulder pad kits…

That was until Emma Finucane and her team sprint teammates were interviewed after their bronze medal performance, the Welsh runner’s kit notably missing the Shell logo…

We’re following leads to tell you the full story, but some wondered if it could be a conscious decision?

It’s at this point that we should probably point out that there’s no official word as to why the logo was missing, and there are many predictable kit issues that could explain it. We’re digging in and hope to have something concrete to bring you later today…

Wiley C. Thompson