It’s no secret that cycling fans are often drawn to one of the 22 national teams. These are the teams based in each country and funded by each country. They represent their country at the highest level of the sport and they wear their country’s colors with pride. The kits are representative of each country’s flag and logo. During the race season, the kits are identical for each National Team rider.
AG2R La Mondiale
In 2018, the French team had the following in the Home kit: red as a
primary color and silver as a secondary color.
Astana Pro Team
The Astana cycling team started in 2007 when the Kazakhstani Prime Minister of that year had a dream to turn Kazakhstan into a center of cycling in the world. With the help of the Kazakhstani President, Nurlan Balgimbayev, they set off on that dream.
The team’s shorts are yellow with a blue stripe across the bottom, which has a white band near the top. The Astana cyclist logo is printed on the left thigh.
The special feature of the kit is that the jerseys are designed to show which team member is going to be the captain for the day. Each year, Astana chooses a Captain for the Tour de France, and throughout the season they will wear the letter “C” on the back of their kit.
On top of that, the team kit will also have a theme. In 2013, all of their kits had a map of Kazakhstan on them.
The team kit is always yellow with their secondary color being electric blue or white. Their shorts are usually white, but they have had variations on their shorts. They have had a yellow stripe down the side, they have had yellow with blue stripes, or they have had electric blue shorts.
When the team with the capital letter “s” in their name, you’ve got to take note. Bahrain Merida will be gunning for their first Grand Tour title rider Vincenzo Nibali in the 2019 season. The two blue stripes represent the different flag alternative – it’s not always just the red, white, and green of the Italian flag. Although the team has only been in existence since 2016, today’s team kit harkens back to the old blue-colored kit used by their team in the 1990s.
As you might expect, Bora-Hansgrohe wears white and green. Their clothing collection has been sponsored by Specialized since 2017. In 2019, the team will continue to be sponsored by Specialized, which is why the team will continue to cycle and wear cycling kits made by the brand. The most recent thing is the addition of a new Specialized shoe.
Specialized shoes are designed with a combination of an adjustable ankle strap, a wide toe box, and a flat profile that makes the shoe easier to walk and more comfortable to ride in. It also has a special outsole, which has a good grip and is durable.
Bora-Hansgrohe comes from the cities of Bora (369,000 inhabitants) and Hansgrohe (50,000 inhabitants), but the team does not wear a white cycling kit with green shorts and socks like Bora and Hansgrohe. Instead, the Specialized kit of the team is mostly white, with green sleeves and green left breast. The sponsors’ logos are sponsored by the three stripes of Specialized on the sleeves, the top of the shoulders, and the side of the shorts.
In 2011, Continental team CCC merged with the Polish-based squad CCC Polkowice. The new team brought with it a whole bunch of polka dots. CCC Polkowice rode into the merger carrying that classic white jersey with black polka-dots and stayed the same except for the sponsor’s logos.
When the team merged with Danish-based team Reforged by the Coastline, the sleeves got dropped and Reforged jerseys got the classic polka-dots.
And now you know how a polka-dot jersey is born. How else does the team Reforged by the Coastline look different from sponsor to sponsor?
Look at the sponsor on the left side of the chest. Is it the same shape? Or is it way down under the rider’s arms?
The Deceuninck Quick-Step Cycling Team Kit is perfectly pitched for cycling fanatics. Whether or not you’re an expert on the WorldTour kit, it’s pretty clear just from the image that this kit is something special.
There are some unusual details here that make the kit stand out. The pink rain cape and the black and gold shoes are all very eye-catching. There are a few historical nods here (the name and the use of gold, in particular) and a lot of innovative ideas. You can see that the team has worked hard here to make a kit tailored to cycling fans and their needs.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that this kit is very clean. There isn’t much going on here in the sense of complexity or detail. The pink on the rain cape and the Deceuninck Quick-Step logo on the chest clip are about the only things that jump out at you.
This is offset by the use of gold on the clothing line and the helmet. I’m not aware of any other team kit that uses gold in quite the same way. It’s a bold choice but one that works surprisingly well.
One of the smallest teams on the circuit, Dimension Data has a predominantly yellow kit. However, this changes based on the type of event, with the team using fluorescent pink for Paris-Nice and a clean white for the Tour of California.
The team has also signed a deal with Mitchelton-Scott for 2019, which means there will be some matching team kit- once it’s released. The team also uses a number of green and black kit options, although these are rarely seen outside the world of team time trials.
It’s not too long before we see the first black kit of the 2019 season. For most fans and teams this is the time of the year to get excited.
Definitely, the World Tour is the pinnacle of the sport, but it is the classics that keep it truly alive, every single day.
The other, a perhaps more important distinction, is the team’s nationality. Pick a nationality and that’s the team that you’re rooting for every day, even when the races aren’t going on.
The two-time champions of the World Tour sponsor a team that wears a black and red kit with a blue accent. The red and black kit is a throwback to their former sponsor Hansgrohe. The black portion features tiny flecks of color that give it a bit of sparkle. The blue accent is on the shoulders only and is enough to break up the black. The kit was designed by Spanish bicycle manufacturer Campagnolo.
The Belgian cycling team is guaranteed to catch your attention. The design is from the legendary Michel Pollentier, who is a big success.
Team manager Marc Sergeant showcased his personality when he redesigned the kits in 2018. The vibrant orange color is a new highlight and the patterns on the sleeves give the Lotto-Soudal team a unique look.
The shorts have been reworked to give a better outer position to the sponsor on the right leg. The sponsor on the right leg was not visible before. This was the first time for the team, which has had the same sponsors for several years.
The jersey is a typical cycling team kit. It’s made of lightweight polyester with a full zipper and has three pockets and a small race number at the front.
The shorts are made of a regular, slightly thinner polyester, and are designed to cover the ankle bones.
Mitchelton-SCOTT was established in 2013. The team took over from the Swiss Wild Team who were struggling financially. Swiss Wild had themselves previously taken over from the now-defunct Cervélo TestTeam. The team is based in the outskirts of Birmingham, England. Mitchelton is also one of two long-serving World Tour teams to be based in Britain, the other one being Team Sky. The team is 100% owned by Orica, unlike Team Sky who is currently 74% owned by British Sky Broadcasting.
Since joining the World Tour in 2014 the team has seen several changes. It has changed title sponsor 3 times, in 2013 with Orica, in 2015 to Dimension Data, and most recently to Mitchelton in 2017. The team has also changed team principal twice, from John Lelangue to Shayne Bannan then to Adam Hansen.
In terms of sponsors, the most notable sponsor change was changing from their original sponsor to Orica in 2013. In 2015 the team changed title sponsor to Dimension Data. However, with the team's recent signing of Michael Matthews, the title sponsorship has since shifted back to Orica.
Movistar Team has relied heavily on two main kit suppliers in recent years. They have worn Santini for their road uniforms and the Spanish company, Desportivo, for their kit designs. It’s a shame that the team doesn’t have a lot of history as Desportivo’s don’t do retro designs.
Throughout the winter, we will try to predict what the teams will be wearing at the different races based on photos in the team presentation, at training camps, and the various team presentation events. We hope that we will be able to post each team announcement on the same day that they release their new kit designs in late December.
We’re also hoping to be attending the Tour of Valencia again like last year as it’s a great race to see all the pro teams in action in one location. We have most of the teams confirmed for their presentations and we’ll be sure to get a good shot of each team’s kit.
This team is a Dutch road bicycling team established in 2018. It is a combination of the Union Jumbo and the Visma cycling teams.
The sponsors for this team are Jumbo, a supermarket chain in the Netherlands, and Visma, a software company.
The riders for this team are Dylan Groenewegen, George Boudet, Mathieu van der Poel, Primoz Roglic, Victor Campenaerts, Wout van Aert, and Steven Kruijswijk.
Jumbo-Visma is entered in many races in 2019, including the ekipa.sk cycling team ranking. In 2019, riders on this team have won many races, including George Bennett, Dylan Groenwegen, Primoz Roglic, Wout van Aert, and Steven Kruijswijk. This team is based in Wageningen, Netherlands.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo is a Dutch professional road cycling team. The sponsors for this team are Lotto, a Dutch lottery company, and Jumbo, a supermarket chain in the Netherlands. In 2019, this team has had many wins, including Dylan Groenewegen, George Bennett, Primoz Roglic, and Steven Kruijswijk.
In their first few seasons, Team Sky stuck to a relatively basic look, with the British flag and a simple all-white design. However, in 2018 they changed things up with a slightly more intricate kit design, featuring a blue and red design that fans loved.
This year, Team Sky has again switched things up with a sleek new look. The kit is mostly black with subtle, elegant red and yellow detailing on the sleeves. Even the back of the jersey features a subtle Team Sky logo.
Team Sky has also added a line of casual clothing to their line of cycling gear. All items are simple black designs with subtle logos and detailing. There isn’t any real pattern to the clothing and the styles are similar to clothing you would find at any store in your local mall.
At first glance, it appears that Team Sunweb is wearing their super cool neo-retro kit from 2018. And as far as aesthetics are concerned, it would have been a smart move to stick with that look. The neo-retro kit is bold and simple and certainly very recognizable.
However, the new kit Team Sunweb will be wearing in 2019 is their “mainstream version.” The version we saw in 2018 was a promotional kit for the team that was only worn once and was never intended to become the team’s official kit for 2019.
Unfortunately, the kit isn’t as simple as the neo-retro look. The collar is a little too busy and the colors are a little too saturated. It would have been awesome if they had managed to capture some of the simplicity of the neo-retro kit on their mainstream look. They did, however, manage to keep the wolf logo and the wolf chain on the sides.
Trek-Segafredo will switch into Global Cycling Network (GCN) black in 2019. Previously, the team wore the now-defunct Sealife Energy sponsorship.
Nick Schultz and Boy van Poppel will join Trek-Segafredo from Deceuninck-Quick Step. IAM Cycling will become Rally Cycling in 2019 and Addé Jef van Munster joins the team.
The team will retain the “TF” logo from 2017. According to the team, the “TF” stands for Trek and Segafredo, but some fans are sure it also means something else when viewed from the front. Trek insists that’s not the case.
The team has not yet revealed the sleeve sponsor for 2019. Dutch company Vermarc has usually appeared here, but Trek-Segafredo riders may wear black with a small Vermarc logo on the cuffs.
In 2019, the team will continue to wear black shorts. Lotto is expected to appear on the back of the shorts.
Trek-Segafredo riders will continue to use Lazer helmets in 2019.
In the 2019 TDF, UAE-Emirates Team represents the United Arab Emirates. Their team kit has a timeless design and will be instantly recognizable. In the 2019 TDF, the UAE-Emirates Team riders will be wearing the dark red with 8-pointed yellow stars kit in all road stages.