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Aru’s jersey to be redesigned, Tour Down Under lineups named: Daily News Digest
The Italian tricolore is one of the most iconic jerseys in modern cycling, giving visual and stylistic prominence to the country’s national champion. Fabio Aru’s jersey while with the Astana team fully embraced this concept and was regarded as one of the most striking in the peloton; it is because of this, perhaps, that the muted version unveiled by his new UAE Team Emirates squad has been met with dismay.
— Mihai Cazacu (@faustocoppi60) January 1, 2018
Stung perhaps by this criticism, the team manager Giuseppe Saronni has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the version unveiled this week was just a draft. He said that the Italian flag will be more prominent, with the tricolor wider and more visible, and the colours also featured on the shoulders.
However it appears that the prominence shown on the Astana jersey will not be matched. “The basic principles will not change,” he said. “We have to negotiate between different interests. The first choice is simple, it’s a fully tri-colour jersey. The smaller flag at the chest was born with Movistar and Giovanni Visconti. The UAE version is, I think, a good compromise.
“The colours are visible, independent of the rest and we do not confuse with the brand. (…) I understand the reaction of the fans but there are many needs that must be met in today’s cycling. I’m not saying you have to accept it but I hope you can understand.”
Today’s feature image shows Helen Wyman training in the Kluisbos in Belgium in her new team kit, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.