Slipstream Sports has unveiled the new kit that Garmin-Sharp will wear during the Tour de France and beyond following the recent recruitment of the Japanese consumer electronics firm as co-title sponsor.
The kit was designed by London-based Scheybeler+company, which is run by Rapha co-founder Luke Scheybeler and is now acting as the team's design consultants, working alongside Slipstream Sports' long-time designer, Joe Yule.
It represents a departure from the previous version, with blue now dominating the front and sleeves - previously there was much more of a balance between blue and white - the argyle looking a bit more subtle than previously and of course the inclusion of the red panel on the chest and band on the sleeve.
Steve Smith, Castelli brand manager, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Sharp to the team's family. Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda is the most tech-savvy team in the peloton and the addition of this new sponsor, prominently displayed on the new kit, is special for all of us involved.
"Additionally, this team is rider-centric, and Castelli has done its part once again to make sure the riders have the most comfortable and technically-advanced clothing for all racing and training, and especially for the Tour de France. In addition to the new colors, the riders will be wearing the updated light weight hot weather shorts and jerseys that the Giro d'Italia crew tested and improved. We're counting on similar success with the clothing in the heat of France in July."
The kit will be available from the end of July at Castelli dealers and can also be pre-ordered through the team's online shop.
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