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Team Sky to race in white at the Tour de France

Joseph Delves
1 Jun 2017

Colour change marks first major overhaul of the famous Sky kit since the team swapped kit sponsors at the start of the season

In something of a style departure for the squad, Team Sky are to ditch their distinctive black and blue jerseys at the upcoming Tour de France. While the team’s blue livery will remain as an accent colour on the new jerseys, the overall tone of the kit has been entirely inverted.

According to the squad the radical new design has been in the works since Italian clothing maker Castelli took over from British firm Rapha as the team’s kit maker at the start of the season.

‘Castelli looked at different colours during the design process last year. We all loved the white. We’re always up for doing things differently and decided the best time to unveil it would be at the Tour,' said Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

While looking sharp, some commentators have expressed concerns the new kit might potentially cause confusion in the race, as the leader in the best young rider competition is also awarded a white jersey.

Luckily, although the kits look remarkably similar from the front, a light blue stripe on the Team Sky jersey means distinguishing between the two when watching on television, or as a rider in the bunch, shouldn’t prove difficult.

Thankfully the squad is sticking with regulation black shorts. The new kit is a limited edition purely for the Tour, so when the team line up at next week’s Critérium du Dauphiné it’ll be in their traditional colours.