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Worldtour Teamwear 2017 – See what the Pros are Wearing

It’s always good fun to see what the pack’s going to wear coming season. There are some new teams and almost every team – except the French teams – have a new kit. Like every year on January 1st, many new contracts have been signed, so it is about time to take a look at the new kits.

Team wear design is increasingly important for riders. In the past team kits were a hodgepodge of sponsor colours, which resulted in the ugliest kits you can imagine. Now, though, most teams have their own designers.

Clean looks for the pros

Nowadays it’s less colours so looks clean and incredibly stylish. Team Sky have been one of the first to start this new trend, so you can see the others following their lead. One of the biggest changes for 2017 is Team SKY’s switch from clothing brand Rapha to Castelli.

Wielerkleding profploegen - Team Sky is de grote nieuwe aanwinst van Castelli
Team Sky is Castelli’s biggest catch

So Castelli caught a big one there. BMC also made a move: they changed from Pearl Izumi to Assos. This is one of the first team that Assos actually sponsored a team.

Helmets

In the helmet area not much has changed. Most teams stayed true to their brands. Only thing that has caught our attention is that Bell doesn’t sponsor any Worldtour team anymore.

Wielerkleding profploegen - De helmen van Bontrager zijn voor de trainingen van Team Trek Segafredo speciaal in High-Vis geel om het belang van zichtbaarheid en veiligheid te benadrukken
Team Trek Segafredo training helmets in High-Vis yellow to emphasise the importance of visibility and safety. (Photo:Kristof Ramon)

Their spot was taken over by Lazer, who strikingly have started sponsoring multiple teams.

Cycling shoes

Shoes are always a difficult and sensitive topic. The pro teams try to get contracts, but it’s always hard to do with shoes.

De fietsschoenen van Bontrager zul je ook bij diverse ploegen en individuele renners terugzien.
Bontrager’s cycling shoes will be found with many teams and individual riders.

However more and more teams got their riders to wear the same brand, likeShimano or Sidi shoes. Also because these two make custom made shoes.

Glasses

This is the part where it changes the most. Most of the teams wear the same brand, but every rider wants to have his own colour. Oakley has been popular for years in the pack.

Ook onze eigen Wout Poels rijdt met Oakley
Our own Wout Poels also wears Oakley

Some say that you have to wear white glasses with white shoes. From a reliable source I learned that Team Sunweb is strict when it comes this: they want all their riders to wear the same glasses. A rider can only wear a different colour if he also wears the leader’s jersey.

Riders can often choose from 2 models to see which one is best. We will see more riders with Adidas This year. Both Bora and Movistar are sponsored by Adidas.

Personal sponsors

Not all riders stick to the team sponsors. There are always riders who only want to wear Oakley, for example, and have their own personal contract with a brand.

Hoe bekender de renner, hoe eerder er sprake kan zijn van persoonlijke sponsoren die boven de Team-sponsoren gaan.
Famous riders often have personal contracts.

Those personal contracts have always been there and are probably hear to stay. Shoes, for example, are hard to make universally comfortable.
Often when a rider wears competitor’s shoes, they put a sticker over the logos. Or they provide a ‘black’- or ‘white-label’ edition. Often goes: the better the rider, the more possibilities.

Teamwear 2017

Which team wears which brand?

TeamClothingHelmetGlassesShoes
AstanaGiordanaLimarEkoiSidi
Bahrain MeridaSportfulRudy ProjectRudy ProjectSidi
Bora HansgroheCraftSpecializedAdidas:

Zonyk, Zonyk Aero

Fizik
BMCAssosGiro:

Synthe, Aerohead.

Oakley:

Jawbreaker, Radar EV, EV Zero

Fizik
Cannondale DrapacPOCPOC:

Octal, Cerebel

POC:

Do Blade, Do Half Blade

NVT
Team Dimension DataOakleyMET:

Manta, Rivale, Drone

Oakley:

Jawbreaker, Radar EV, EV Zero

NVT
FDJAléBBB:

Icarus, Aerotop

NVTNVT
UAE Abu DhabiChampion SystemsMET:

Manta, Rivale, Drone

Lotto SoudalVermarcLazer:

Z1, Wasp Air

LazerGaerne
MovistarEnduraAbusAdidas:

Zonyk, Zonyk Aero

Diadora
Team SunwebEtxeondoGiantOakley:

Jawbreaker, Radar EV, EV Zero

NVT
Katusha AlpecinKatushaGiro:

Synthe, Aerohead

BolleSidi
Team LottoNL JumboShimanoLazer:

Z1, Wasp Air

ShimanoShimano
Team SkyCastelliKask:

Protone, Bambino Pro

Oakley:

Jawbreaker, Radar EV, EV Zero

NVT
Trek SegafredoSportfulBontrager:

Ballista, Velocis, Aeolus Aero

Rudy ProjectsNVT
BeoBank Corendon (Mathieu van der Poel)CraftLazer:

Z1

ShimanoNVT
Veranda’s Willems- Crelan (Wout van Aert)DolTciniSuomy:

Gun Wind

Oakley;

Jawbreaker

Radar EV

NVT

 

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Koen Wulterkens

Koen Wulterkens

As an amateur racer, I love mixing it up in the bunch. Whether it's a crit or a classic, I'm in it to win it! This year, besides being a rider myself, I'm also the team manager at the Computron Cycling Team. My weapon of choice for the road is a Felt F1, and I have a Sensa Cyclocross to tear it up in the woods. At Mantel, I'm the product manager for helmets, glasses, and power meters. I'm also responsible for the content you see at Mantel.com.

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