When it was announced that Cannondale was taking over as title sponsor of the Garmin team at the end of last year, there was a potential headache on the horizon: how to retain the strong identities of each squad/sponsor.
The answer came last night at the US-based WorldTour team’s official launch in New York City, with a green and black argyle kit unveiled to the public.
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The Garmin team, owned by Slipstream Sports, has always included an element of argyle in its jerseys, something which is firmly established as a trademark of the team. Cannondale’s adopted colour is green, often used on its bikes and branding as well as the former Cannondale Pro team.
We think the kit’s designer and manufacturer, Castelli, has managed to merge the two identities well, thankfully avoiding a hideous clash of blue, green, orange and black argyle last seen on the socks of golfers.
“2015 represents the biggest step forward in Castelli’s pro equipment since we started with Slipstream in 2011,” said Castelli’s race performance director Andrea Peron
“We’ve concentrated our efforts on improving comfort and aerodynamics with a new short, and making sure the team has a competitive advantage in any adverse weather conditions. There are 11 new garments in the team’s equipment line-up, each one the result of development with the riders and staff as well as Castelli’s internal research.”
In addition to unveiling its new clothing, the Cannondale-Garmin team also confirmed its roster of 27 riders, which comprises key elements of both teams and a few new faces. Dan Martin, Ryder Hesjedal, Andrew Talansky and Tom Danielson are all retained from Garmin-Sharp. Moreno Moser, Ted King, Kristjian Koren and Matej Mohoric are among those from Cannondale.
The team will makes its WorldTour racing debut at the Tour Down Under in Australia over January 20-25.