Here’s Team Sky’s race kit for 2016, the final year that it will be provided by British bike clothing brand Rapha.
The biggest differences from previously in terms of the look are that the jersey now comes with white and blue stripes (or bands, if you prefer) across the chest, and the blue is a new shade.
“The stripes echo Rapha’s Brevet collection and the new shade of blue has been developed by Rapha to maximise visibility for riders in the peloton and fans watching from the roadside or on television,” according to Rapha.
“The updated graphics were born from the Team’s desire to stand out from the peloton whilst retaining the simple, elegant black and blue kit for which they are known.”
There you go, that’s the official line. The new shade of blue will be used across Team Sky’s equipment, including bikes. Speaking of which, here’s the Pinarello Dogma F8 that Team Sky will be riding next year, with graphics that echo those of the clothing.
Team Sky wear Pro Team racewear by Rapha. It’ll be available to buy soon. Rapha’s Team Sky Replica collection is available now from www.rapha.cc.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.