Rabobank rider Iris Slappendel wins UCI Women Road World Cup jersey design contest
28-year-old works as graphic designer - leader's jersey joined by sprints, mountains and young rider's jerseys for 2014
Rabobank’s Iris Slappendel has more of an incentive than any other rider to get herself into the lead of one of the classifications in next season’s UCI Women Road World Cup – she’s won a competition run by the governing body to design the jerseys that will feature in the season-long contest.
When not riding, the 28-year-old Dutchwoman works as a graphic designer and her interpretations of the jerseys that will be worn by the overall series leader as well as those for the three new classifications to be introduced in 2013 are certainly eye-catching.
Each marries the existing, multi-coloured World Cup theme with the initial letter of the classification in question – L for the overall leader, and S, M and Y for, respectively, the new Sprints, Mountains and Young Rider’s contests.
UCI Women Cycling Coordinator Andrea Marcellini commented: “Iris Slappendel’s project brings together all the expected qualities. The concept she has developed is very complete and could almost be used as it is.
“It is an evolution in the visual identity of the UCI Women Road World Cup and incorporates a very contemporary eighties look.
She added: "The fact that the winner is an active rider is definitely the icing on the cake!”
2014 UCI Women Road World Cup Calendar 15.03 Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe (Netherlands) 30.03 Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio (Italy) 06.04 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium) 23.04 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium) 18.05 Tour of Chongming Island World Cup (China) 03.08 Sparkassen Giro (Germany) 22.08 Open de Suède Vargarda TTT (Sweden) 24.08 Open de Suède Vargarda (Sweden) 30.08 GP de Plouay-Bretagne (France)