American squad will ride in a slightly different Argyle with a one off kit designed for the Tour de France
There was quite a dramatic change in kit design for the Garmin squad when they teamed up with Cannondale for the 2015 season, ditching the classic blue and taking on a striking black and green combination for their Argyle jerseys.
But now the American team has released a new special Tour de France edition kit, which their nine-man squad, headed by 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné winner Andrew Talansky, Ireland’s Dan Martin and 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal, will wear for the three weeks.
Gone is the predominantly black design and in comes a mostly lime-green ensemble, which has touches of blue added that harks back to previous Garmin kits before the two teams conjoined.
Castelli, who produce the team’s kit, says that wearing a lighter colour is to aid the riders in the hot July sun of France.
“We consider the Tour de France a very special event that deserves a special design,” said Castelli Brand Manager, Steve Smith on the new kit.
“Racing in hot weather is physically demanding, that’s a given, and despite the fact that Castelli makes some of the lightest and coolest fabrics in existence, wearing a lighter color will make a big difference, both psychologically and physically, to a rider’s well being.”
Not only will the team be donning a new kit for the Tour, they’ll also be sporting a new Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD bike, which we took for a first ride earlier this week.
Cannondale-Garmin squad for the 2015 Tour de France:
Dylan van Baarle
Bikes of the Tour de France