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Your guide to who's wearing what in the pro peloton this year

The 2018 race season has already begun – the Tour Down Under has come and gone –  and if you want to know what's going on in the peloton you need to know who's who. 

Here's our guide to the kits the big teams are wearing this year.

Ag2r-La Mondiale 

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AG2R-La Mondiale has switched to Italian clothing brand Rosti and ditched last year’s busy design, which featured one brown sleeve and one blue sleeve. Too far ahead of its time! They go for something altogether more classy in 2018. 

They’re still rocking those brown shorts, though (not pictured for reasons of taste). We’re all for breaking convention, but brown shorts! Non! 

Astana Pro Team

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Astana kit 2018 (1).jpg

Astana has neatened up its jersey a little for 2018 and added a yellow band on the left sleeve to match the one on the right – as with AG2R, asymmetry is out.

It’s a ‘yes’ from us.

Bahrain-Merida 

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Bahrain Merida 2018 kit (1).jpg

Bahrain-Merida has widened the blue band across the chest of its 2018 jersey, and changed the sleeves and collar from blue to red, but it's a pretty similar overall impression to last year.

This lot don’t look too happy about it, mind. In fact, they look decidedly miserable. Chin up, lads, we think it’s a strong look.

BMC Racing Team 

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BMC’s kit hasn’t changed all that much for this season although new sponsor Sophos is now represented on a blue collar, which puts a dent in the red, white and black theme.

That fella behind's not bothered either way, just as long as he gets to finish his cone pyramid before it's time to clock off.

Bora-Hansgrohe 

Chevrons, huh? Cheeky. Germany’s Bora-Hansgrohe has a completely new kit having switched from Craft to Sportful. We need to have a talk about Jay McCarthy's tash at some stage, though.

Dimension Data 

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Dimension Data (1).jpg

Dimension data has ditched most (not all) of the black from its jersey and goes for a more distinctive white/green combo. We can’t decide whether this is a step forward or a step back. Maybe it’s neither. A solid mid-table performance.

These pics make us think: barber shop wall. Number two at the back and sides, please, leave it a little bit longer on top. Ta.

EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 

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EF Education First (1).jpg

The new name is challenging, admittedly, but we’re right behind a bit more pink in the pro peloton. Whether or not it should be teamed up with bright green is perhaps a little more open to question, but you’ve got to take a style risk now and again.

FDJ 

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FDJ 2018 (1).jpg

Although FDJ is currently racing in the same kit as last year, the team is taking on a new sponsor and will be known as Groupama-FDJ from March. Here's the new jersey (below).

It has to be said, the boys don't look wild about it.

Lotto-Soudal 

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Lotto Soudal 2018 front (1).jpg

What’s going on here? Like the mullet, Lotto-Soudal’s jersey is business in the front, party in the back.

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Lotto Soudal 2018 jersey rear (1).jpg

It looks like they’re channelling an Eddy Merckx-era Faema jersey – which is a Good Thing – but those coloured circles that have been added at the rear, they’re just a bit… uncalled for. They’re out of control.

Mitchelton-Scott

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Mitchelton Scott 2018 jersey (1).jpg

Well, whaddya know? They’ve only gone and changed their name again. This team has so far been Orica-Scott, Orica-BikeExchange, Orica-GreenEdge, GreenEdge Cycling and now Mitchelton-Scott and it has only existed since 2012. The change of name means a new kit, obviously, and they’ve switched from blue to predominantly black. That curious shape on the chest is part of the logo for Mitchelton, a wine, hotels and spa business.

Movistar Team 

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Movistar Team has had a dark blue jersey decorated with a bright green M since the telecommunications brand began sponsorship in 2011 but that all changes this season – now it’s light blue with a white M. The clothing still comes from Scotland’s Endura and it still looks pretty cool to us. Bold!

Quick-Step Floors 

Quick-Step haven’t gone for a wholesale redesign, they’ve just taken the various elements from last year, given ’em a bit of a shake and left it at that. It kinda works.

Team Katusha Alpecin 

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Katusha 2018 5 (1).jpg

Katusha Alpecin has added light blue to the mix for 2018, which gives them a bit of an Aston Villa vibe. Geez, how many riders do they have on this team? That’s a helluva lot of free haircare products to give out. Oh, it's a ride-out. As you were.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo

LottoNL-Jumbo have made a few logo changes and the tops of the shoulders are now yellow rather than black but the 2018 jersey is a similar proposition to last year’s. But hang on a sec! Last year the Lotto ball numbers were 24, 2, 6, 37, 15 and 45. This year they taken the 2 out and stuck a 1 in there (no, really, that's an actual fact!). Why? This must mean something important. If only we knew what it was.

Team Sky 

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Whoa! What happened to all the black? Sky has dabbled in white kit before but it has gone in with both feet for 2018. Sir Dave Brailsford is going to be up late into the night getting that clean after a muddy Paris-Roubaix. What are the odds on a Persil logo being added at some stage during the season?

Team Sunweb 

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Team Sunweb (1).jpg

Unless we’re very much mistaken, that’s the exact same kit Team Sunweb was wearing last year. Cheapskates. Or maybe they’re saving the planet, in which case: well done.

Trek-Segafredo 

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Trek Segafredo (1).jpg

Trek-Segafredo has switched from Sportful clothing to Santini and ditched black from its jerseys in the process. The pin-stripes are back, though, putting us in mind of Liverpool FC around about 1982-84. You know, Souness, Hansen… Dalglish and Ian Rush slotting them in up front. It’s a good look.

UAE-Team Emirates

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UAE Team Emirates (1).jpg

UAE-Team Emirates have altered their logos a bit over the past few months but that’s about yer lot. Still, the team has only been around in this form for less than a year, so we’ll let ’em off.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight 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.

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kitkat [493 posts] 6 months ago
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Road.cc should rank pro kit out of 5 then it’ll build a year on year graph of kit quality/taste. Totally subjective but entertaining 

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RobD [632 posts] 6 months ago
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kitkat wrote:

Road.cc should rank pro kit out of 5 then it’ll build a year on year graph of kit quality/taste. Totally subjective but entertaining 

Agreed, I'd like to see the ups and downs of the past few seasons of Trek and OriGreenMitch Scott as two of the teams who've barely kept a consistent design for two seasons.

As an aside, is it just the pictures or are ag2r gradually making the brown darker so eventually they'll just be black shorts?

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handlebarcam [1131 posts] 6 months ago
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Sky have switched to light blue and white. Now, where have I seen that colour scheme before? Oh, yeah...

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njmoffat [63 posts] 6 months ago
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I think a closer up pic of Puck Moonen is needed please! 

Google her if you dont know who she is..

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Freddy56 [320 posts] 6 months ago
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Merida kit just looks classy.

Quickstep looks classically quick

Katusha is burgundy. oof

 

I waiting to see how Chris pleads before I pass comment or wind on the sky kit.

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Redvee [403 posts] 6 months ago
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njmoffat wrote:

I think a closer up pic of Puck Moonen is needed please! 

Google her if you dont know who she is..

For some reason I follow her on Intagram, can't think why.

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rix [227 posts] 6 months ago
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That TREK kit looks very elegant on Skujinsh! 

smiley

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surly_by_name [570 posts] 6 months ago
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Redvee wrote:
njmoffat wrote:

I think a closer up pic of Puck Moonen is needed please! 

Google her if you dont know who she is..

For some reason I follow her on Intagram, can't think why.

Hot waffles.

(I'm almost certain we're not supposed to do this anymore.)

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WolfieSmith [1396 posts] 6 months ago
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#Me too!

 

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peted76 [1126 posts] 6 months ago
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I think there's some decent kits this year..  particualrly like, EF Education First. Quick-Step Floors are reassuringly blue and similar to previous years, Lotto Soudal is very smart but I can't help but think of Marlbrough fags every time I see it.. Dimension Data looks good too, quite understated in a green and white sort of way.. Bahrain-Merida has the best colours but the kit for me is ruined by a gold scribble in the middle of the shirt I'm sure it signifies something but it means nothing to me, and I sort of 'object' to Bahrain and any other country which doens't treat people/citizens/women/equally or who prosecutes people for expressing opinion.

 

Worst of the bunch by a country mile, the new FDJ kit, it's 'fowl', they look like 'cocks' ...French pun.... anyone... no.. I'll get my coat...

 

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kitkat [493 posts] 6 months ago
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 I sort of 'object' to Bahrain and any other country which doens't treat people/citizens/women/equally or who prosecutes people for expressing opinion.

Well at least people in Bahrain actually get prosecuted! in UK at the moment an unsubstantiated Tweet can condemn a person to lose their job, their closest family and ostracised from their community - and not a sniff of due process.

Now that's what I call progress!

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tom_w [228 posts] 6 months ago
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This is all very well, but what we're all really waiting for is the review of this year's team buses!

(I love the type of humour in the annual kit and bus reviews, be great to see some more articles written in this style)

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alansmurphy [1851 posts] 6 months ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

Sky have switched to light blue and white. Now, where have I seen that colour scheme before? Oh, yeah...

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Actually, aren't those colours closer to Movistar / Quick Step.

Shame, it was such an excellent joke.

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JohnnyRemo [237 posts] 6 months ago
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No conicidence that the two Belgian teams on the WT have the best looking kit...