Team Sky will reveal their new jersey design this evening in London. The team, after four years with Rapha, will wear Castelli-manufactured clothing, say insiders.
Sky hinted at the announcement via Twitter over the last two days and this morning, posted a Tweet saying, “New Season, New Kit.”
Cycling Weekly learned that Luke Rowe and Michal Kwiatkowski will tease those in attendance at the Rouleur Classic in Victoria House with the design of the new team jersey. Team Sky and Castelli will reveal the full kit design on January 1.
Italy’s Castelli is manufacturing the British super team’s new kit. Its red and white scorpion logo should be easily spotted on Sky’s black and blue clothing – assuming those colours remain.
Sky were reportedly also in talks with Swiss manufacturer Assos and Italy’s Giordana to provide their new race clothes, but insiders informed us this summer that Castelli won over Sky’s technical trio: Principal David Brailsford, Head of Technical Operations Carsten Jeppersen and Head of Performance Operations Rod Ellingworth.
Most cyclists are on vacation or attending various off-season events, like Rowe and Kwiatkowski. Soon, however, Tour de France star Chris Froome and his team-mates should receive their first pieces of clothing from Castelli headquarters in Fonzaso, Veneto, to test in training.
After using the relatively new, yet retro and hipster Rapha, Sky will be tapping into Castelli’s rich cycling history.
The Italian company supplied the Italian national team and produced the Giro d’Italia’s and Tour de France’s classification jerseys. In recent years, it rolled out the popular wet and cold weather Gabba jacket. It has become a must-have for spring races including the classics.