With Etixx gone as co-title sponsor, it's all about Quick-Step Floors in 2017 for the successful Belgian WorldTour team
The Quick-Step Floors cycling team revealed their new jersey design for 2017 on Tuesday to reflect the change in team name from Etixx-Quick-Step.
The Belgian WorldTour team have elected to use a lighter colour blue for 2017 compared to 2016, harking back to older incarnations of the squad’s jersey.
Team riders Tom Boonen, Marcel Kittel, Niki Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar were pictured wearing the new kit in a release sent out by the team.
This will be the last team kit that Tom Boonen wears, as he has elected to retire at the end of the 2017 season.
The 36-year-old has been a permanent feature of the squad since 2003 and has taken some of the team’s biggest wins, including four editions of Paris-Roubaix and three in the Tour of Flanders.
“I liked it straight away!” said Belgian Boonen.
“It’s a nice combination of retro and new style and it looks amazing and sharp. It’s always important to have a good looking jersey. I’m already fond of it and it will be really great to race with it next year.”
Sprinter Marcel Kittel was the team’s most prolific winner in 2016, with 12 victories and also gave the new kit a thumbs up.
“It’s a classy looking kit all around, with a fresh look that will make it easy to get recognized in the peloton,” said the 28-year-old German, who will be in his second year with the team.
“The white and blue combination is a nice one, not many teams are going with it. This jersey brings excitement and makes me even more eager to kick off 2017.”