Team Sky have revealed their new team kit for 2016 with riders posting images of the new jersey and shorts on Twitter. The kit, produced by Rapha, has a few changes to the black and blue version that has become synonymous with the Tour de France winning team.
American rider Ian Boswell was the first rider to post image of the new kit. Wout Poels quickly followed, as did team leader Chris Froome, who joked about wanting to see the mesh version after his famous photo of his sunburn after training in the lightweight skinsuit.
Froome wrote on Twitter: Loving the new #TeamSky2016 @rapha kit design. Can’t wait for the mesh version #PrepareExecute
This latest version of Team Sky’s race clothing will be the last produced by Rapha after the British-based brand announced it would end its sponsorship after the 2016 season. Rapha has supplied the team’s kits since the start of the 2013 season, enjoying the exposure of two Tour de France victories in that time, but they will part ways when the current four-year deal expires.
“After reflection and discussion, both Rapha and Team Sky have decided not to renew our partnership beyond the current four-year deal, which concludes at the end of the 2016 season,” said Rapha’s founder and chief executive Simon Mottram in an open letter.
The Rapha logo is more prominent on the new kit, with the logo on the shorts. The Sky logo dominates the chest, back and shoulders of the jersey, with 21st Century Fox running down the side of the jersey. Technical sponsors Pinarello has its name on the upper chest, along with 21st Century Fox and the UCI WorldTour logo.