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Fabio Aru spotted in updated jersey less than a day after complaints

Joe Robinson
4 Jan 2018

Heavy criticism sees UAE Team Emirates reconsider Fabio Aru's Italian national champion's jersey

After 24 hours of complaints and a quick turnaround from the kit manufacturer, Fabio Aru has given us a glimpse of his updated Italian national champion's jersey.

The new, updated top now contains a larger Italian flag that wraps the body, covering the back, similar to that of Vincenzo Nibali in 2015.

Aru gave us a glimpse of the jersey in an Instagram post while riding in his native Sardinia with his father.

While this is likely to appease the many, there are a few who see this as only a slight improvement with many arguing it remains to similar to the trade kit. 

The Italian's original national champion's jersey triggered such a barrage of complaints that the team announced the strip would be changed less than 24 hours after its initial release.

The original jersey, that Aru modelled alongside new teammates Dan Martin and Alexander Kristoff, contained an inconspicuous Italian flag across the stomach that was remarkably similar to the usual trade jersey.

Notably the jersey was unchanged on the rear, making Aru's champion status indistinguishable from his teammates when riding in the peloton. The team claimed the design was due to sponsorship restrictions.

This understated design was faced with vast criticism online straight away, with many calling for a change of design to showcase Aru's national champion status more clearly, expressing disbelief at the lack of originality.

In reaction to the complaints, the team announced in Gazzetta dello Sport that Aru's jersey was only a provisional design and is set to change, with plans to wrap the flag around the entire abdomen, similar to that of Vincenzo Nibali in 2015, as it has done.

Those calling for a traditional national champion's jersey for the Italian will no doubt be relieved that FDJ have honoured the national champions of France and the Netherlands in style.

The French WorldTour team presented Arnaud Demare and Ramon Sinkeldam's national kits that have certainly done their national tricolours justice.