Preparations. Teams are on training camp right now or are competing in pre-season races. They are preparing themselves for the upcoming season; to test the legs and find out if they have to train more or to take some rest. Then again, the fans have to prepare themselves too. Every year there are quite some changes. For a start, let us focus on the kits of the WorldTour teams. Mainly the colours. Why do some teams have to make changes in the colours of the kit every single year? Every year it’s the same: you’re ready for a new season and ‘boom!’, there is that helicopter view and you are in complete confusion. So many different colours! New colours, old colours, the same colours… Grrrr!
See what I mean… who is who?
In order to know who is who, I present you with the team kits of 2016. It is important to start the season with information about the teams and their kits. It will make it easier to watch the race, because you are already in possession of what I like to call ‘colour information’. It is very important in order to follow a race. Eight of the eighteen teams have not (or almost not) changed their outfits. Lucky for us. Although some of you might think that it is boring, to me it is perfect. It also means that there is no new sponsor, so no need to change the kit. Below you can see the kits of those teams. Don’t they look familiar to you?
Astana Pro Team, Orica GreenEDGE, Movistar Team, Lotto-Soudal, FDJ,
Team Giant-Alpecin, Lampre-Merida and the BMC Racing Team.
Other teams decided to make some small changes. Sometimes these decisions have to be made because of a new sponsor. Other teams did not get a new sponsor, but felt that the design of the kit needed to brighten up or the team wanted to be more asymmetric (this is not made up by myself, but by someone who thought that one shoulder should be brown and the other blue). Four teams made a few changes and below you can see if you can find the new additions.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, AG2R La Mondiale and Trek-Segafredo.
Now we move on to the real changes. We all need sunglasses to cope with the kit of Tinkoff this season (maybe Sagan had a say in this?). The new Dimension Data team thinks that they can show off in white. So does IAM Cycling. What is it with white? It is hard to wash, you can see through it and it collects dirt like no other colour. Keep your eyes open, because a lot of teams have white in their shirt.
Tinkoff, Team Dimension Data and IAM Cycling.
Then some freshness. The Cannondale Pro Cycling team. Their new kit is green like grass. It has already been mentioned by some cycling fans as the most beautiful kit of this season. Still, Etixx – Quick Step got rid of the ‘blue sky’ colour and are riding in a more mature, dark blue. You could say that they’re all grown up now. Last but not least, Team Katusha. A powerful red shirt with a big ‘K’ on the shirt. Katusha starts with a K, ok?
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, Etixx – Quick Step and Team Katusha.
Choose your favorite, or just enjoy all the old and new and fresh colours in the peloton this year. And if you see a yellow thing with a red shirt on, nevermind him, that is Adam ‘Minion’ Hansen. The newest ‘kit’ in town.
© Adam Hansen