Doesn’t time fly. It seems like only yesterday we were unveiling last years kits to an expectant public. And now, it’s time for the 2016 edition. This page will slowly be updated as and when new kits are announced.
With Europcar’s green but a distant memory, Direct Energie have gone for some kind of charcoal grey, with some yellow hoops all over the place. Meh. It’s a bit different I guess but pretty dull. Just like Europcar, they’ve changed bikes in their first year of sponsorship (from Colnago to BH), and they’ll hope to have a similar level of success that Europcar had in 2011.
The team formerly known as MTN Qhubeka, now officially Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka tried to confuse us with their kit. First, the UCI released a mock up of their kit that pretty much revealed the finished article, but then they started turning up in this:
Just what the peloton neeed – more black kits. Luckily, this turned out to be a very poorly advertised training kit (see Tinkoff for advice on doing this properly), and the real jersey was the one the UCI had managed to leak:
Not that this is particularly inspiring either. But its mostly white I guess, even if it looks like the riders are wearing gillets all the time.
Jonthan Vaughters’ obsession with Argyle continues, and gets worse than ever. After last years black bore fest, this year they’ve decided to make it all green, presumably to make themselves even more obvious in the peloton – although the reason they weren’t very obvious last year is because they were very rarely at the front, thanks to JV’s genius policy of getting rid of all his experienced riders in one go. But no fear, this year he sold his best rider to Etixx, so I’m sure it’ll all be fine…
Pozzato designed the kit. That is all.
They may have lost Marcel Kittel, but Giant have decided to carry on like last year, with much the same kit except for a bit of logo moving. They have decided to wear red helmets though, which is a nice contrast with the black.
Trek have signed a big sounding deal with Italian Coffee maker, which increases their budget by a staggering 40%, and will, once they remove Fabian Cancellara’s salary next year, make them big players in the transfer market. Whilst the finances and name have changed, the kit hasn’t – it maintains the same pinstripes that people loved or hated, and the same white top that combined the ever good-together black, red and white.
The LottoNL boys seem to have decided that the change kit they wore for the Tour de France was actually a better idea than the normal one, and so decided to wear that one full time. Meh.
Astana have gone with the same kit as last year, albeit with another new Expo advert on. Presumably Nibali will still have to wear some lame attempt at an Italian champions jersey.
As part of their decision to become a “Brand” Katusha now make their own kit, and have decided that the K motif is good place to start, having previously centred their image on the Moscow skyline.
They’ve gone with an all red ensemble, which is very Rusky, but oversized appears to be in this year (See Movistar, Lotto etc) so a good fashion choice and a strip sure to stand out amongst the blue and black.
Katusha are trying to internationalise their team and remove the Russian character, which seems to be involving a rebranding of the team. The stylised K seems to be the new motif of the team. They also seem to have decided to borrow the name and flag flanks that Sky originally pioneered. We await the whole reveal eagerly…
BMC have, predictably, done bugger all with their kit. Basically, the right sleeve used to be red. Now it is back. Waaaaay overdue a redesign.
After last year’s camouflage kit that we never saw after it was unveiled (not meant as a joke, we genuinely never saw it) to the point it as combined with the normal jersey at the Tour de France.
This year, crazy Oleg has decided to go with the same sort of colour scheme that car manufacturers use to hide the curves and edges of their new models, when they’re being tested. It also doesn’t feature the Tinkoff logo on the front, instead going with the “La Datcha”, which looks to be a rather expensive house you can rent off Mr Tinkov.
Evoking the Acqua & Sapone kit of Mario Cipollini, it will probably sell well, but we all await the proper kit now.
Whilst this looks different, all that has really changed is that the dark blue has changed to white, which gives the kit a more Euro look. This is good news in a peloton which seems obsessed with dark blue and black.
Anything with QuickStep on will sell by the bucketload, but this one is actually quite nice. Sort of borrowing the stripes from Trek, bringing back the dark QuickStep blue that had slowly been relegated by black. Presumably they’e not too bothered at the fact that it looks like the Estonian champions jersey.
Plus Blue shorts! Crazy. Supposedly Mark Cavendish enforced Blak shorts at HTC, so perhaps the change is because he has now left.
The Lidl logo also makes an appearance, with a prime position on the, er, arse and shoulders.
Not bad eh? Plus Marcel is in it, phwoar eh ladies?
At first glance, Ag2R didn’t look to have done anything with their new kit, made by OneWay (thats the little yellow “OW” on the jersey that Katusha also have) – at first I dismissed it as it still had the old WorldTour logo on. But actually looking at it shows they’ve finally bowed to the pressure of the brown haters and…made one sleeve blue. Considering their logo is brown and blue, its odd they never thought of this before. Lets hope they keep the excellent brown shorts.
So Movistar are seemingly taking a leaf out of Lotto-Soudal’s book, and going with massively oversized logos, after Lotto popularised that on their shorts. Otherwise, they’re sticking with their winning formula of dark blue (which always looks a shade lighter in these pictures somehow…), although they have added some token white armbands.
There’s also the new World Tour logo, which is the latest attempt by the UCI to push a competition that literally only Danilo Di Luca has tried to win in the last 10 years (well, Valverde had a go, but only when he realised it was worth a shot). We still won’t care about it until they bring back that white jersey and shorts combo.
How about national champions? New kit, new ideas? Banish the “team image” nonsense of previous years? Er…no.
Movistar are still going with this tosh, rather than a proper all over ensemble.Boo. Hiss.
Much has been made of the weird white patch on the pockets as well, although given its usually covered by race numbers, it’s pretty boring. Perhaps Movistar are going to begin the sublimated numbers revolution that Paolo Bettini tried on his world champions jersey a few years ago at the Giro? Marginal gains and all that…
Sky have made the usual subtle changes to their kit, although this is the biggest departure from the usual in the Rapha years. Whilst they retain the majority of the features, they have added two stripes across the chest, and replaced the blue stripe on the shorts with a blue Rapha logo.
As usual, Rapha claim to have made lots of changes, such as a “shade of blue that shows up against black better”, although aside from the loss of the thin blue stripe on the collar and the loss of the Jaguar logo (oooh…) not alot (well, nothing) has changed. It also looks like Movistar are the only team who are going to be using the new World Tour logo.
Gone also are those stripes that featured on the back last year.
Back in September, Sky posted this image of their “2016 team fitting” and that they “wished they could show us more” and would so in December. If it’s a preview of their 2016 kit (Which will be Rapha and Sky’s last collaboration), it doesnt look much different from the last one. The same colour scheme and design looks to be present, although given their is a new UCI WorldTour logo to the one in the image, this might be a red herring. The seven lines motif also looks to be new. Rapha’s idea of updating a kit seems to be like Apple’s idea of updating the iPhone – it looks exactly the same, but they boast of new materials / construction methods etc. Not really what we’re interested in lads.