Tinkoff-Saxo go camo for Tour de France

The team reveal a new kit design in time for the Tour de France

Three guys in camo kit - if we've spotted them all

At the start of the 2015 season, Tinkoff-Saxo revealed not just one but two new sets of kit. As well as the yellow and blue race kit which has featured in races throughout the year, they also turned out at their first training camp in camouflage patterned green and black training kit.

According to the team’s clothing supplier, Sportful, the camo pattern has been popular with Tinkoff-Saxo’s supporters.

Alberto shows off the blue bits - as to be seen by his rivals?

Alberto shows off the blue bits

Now camo has spread to the race kit which the team has revealed will be worn at the Tour de France. The lower front has taken on a grey and yellow camo pattern, whilst the front of the shorts also has grey splotches and a black central section replaces the blue. If you like blue, there’s still panels of this colour at the back of the jersey and the shorts, where it bears the Saxo logo.

Tinkoff-Saxo describe the new kit as eye-catching, which seems a strange adjective to apply to a pattern designed to make people less visible, but in this case we do see what they mean.

Last year, the team changed their predominant kit colour from yellow to green fluoro just in time for the Tour. The fluoro kit design apparently sold well to the teams aficionados, so this looks like a repeat of the experiment.

Naturally, the team’s fans will be able to buy replica kit in the new pattern ahead of the big event, with a limited release planned for June 15. With three sets of 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo clothing in their wardrobe they’ll have no excuse not to turn out clean and well presented.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.