French brand Le Coq Sportif has a range of jerseys ready for the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire this year, along with a high-tech Performance Series and more heritage-driven clothing.
Le Coq Sportif supplied the leaders’ jerseys in the Tour de France from 1951 until 1988, and has been doing so again since 2012. This year the brand will be making the most of that association with a range of jerseys featuring the Yorkshire Rose.
The rose is quite subtle on this green (points competition) jersey (£65), but it’s certainly visible.
Yellow (race leader) and white (young rider) jerseys will be available with the rose graphic too, although the polka dot (King of the Mountains) jersey doesn’t have it. There will also be blue and black versions.
All come with that tipped collar design that actually sits flat. It’s intended to give a classic look but it’s really a modern cut.
Le Coq Sportif is also producing replica race leaders’ jerseys in the exact spec that the riders will wear. These are laser cut with flocking logos.
There’s also a black one (it might not look black in this pic, but it is).
Only 500 of each jersey will be available worldwide and they’ll be priced at £125.
Continuing the Tour de France theme, Le Coq Sportif is producing a T-shirts based on the leaders’ jerseys, priced at £25-£26. This one is based on the king of the mountains polka dots although they’re actually little triangles. The little tab just above the hem says ‘La Legende du Tour de France’.
Polo shirts are available too with rear pockets and little details in the colours of the various jerseys. All of these products above will be available from June.
The Performance Collection is Le Coq Sportif’s top technical lineup. This is the Arac Jersey, for example, priced at £85, which uses four different fabrics including a moisture-wicking mesh around the back. It’s a slim fit, laser cut with silicone inside the sleeves and the hem to hold it in place. These are out already and we have one in for review.
The Arac also comes in other classic-looking designs...
...and in a King of the Mountains version. They all have a little tricolor detail on the back of the collar.
You can get matching arm warmers priced at £32.
The Volp bib shorts (£85) also get that tricolor ribbon, as do the Arvense bib tights (£95).
We have the Montech Windbreaker (£175) in on test here at road.cc which, despite the name, is designed for wearing in the rain. Le Coq Sportif says that the main fabric is water repellent and the seams and zips are water resistant. We’ll soon find out. It’s certainly small enough to pack down and carry in a jersey pocket easily enough.
The Echium Sleeveless Jacket (£130) is designed to be windproof and water repellent too, and it carries over that collar style from the jerseys. There are gloves and various other items in the Performance Series too.
Le Coq Sportif is one of the sponsors of Italy’s L’Eroica vintage bike sportive and of L’Eroica Britannia which takes place for the first time in the Peak District this June. The T-shirts, priced at £28, look really good to us.
There’s a load more in L’Eroica range too including merino jerseys at £70.
The footwear is designed to look classic but with a bit of added comfort.
Although they don’t look it in normal light, these ones are reflective throughout.
Le Coq Sportif has a large women’s range that includes the technical Astre No2 jersey at £50. That false collar look gets carried over from the men’s side of things, but it’s more rounded for the women. Generally speaking, the women’s clothing is less cycling-specific and more lifestyle/athletic.
For more on the range go to www.lecoqsportif.com.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.