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by Shane Stokes
June 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham
For the first time in its history, Team Sky will don white kits in the Tour de France. The change sees the team swop over from its customary black jerseys, something which has come about as part of its collaboration with Castelli.
“One of the designs we looked at for the 2017 season was a white version of what eventually became the 2017 Team Sky kit,” said Steve Smith, brand manager at Castelli. The company took over from Rapha this year as clothing provider. “We all knew that we wanted to use the new design, and the Tour is the perfect opportunity to do that. The kit looks so modern, and yet classic at the same time. We can’t wait to see it being worn by Team Sky.”
The team has said that fans will have a chance to have their names featured on the jerseys worn at the Tour team presentation in Dusseldorf on Thursday June 29.
Team Principal Dave Brailsford explained what he said was the thinking behind the change. “We have always admired Castelli given their heritage and our shared passion for innovation,” he said. “That’s why our kit this season reflects our history as a team and our ambitions for the future – with Italian flair and design. And our riders love it.
“Castelli also looked at different colours during the design process last year. We all loved the white. We are always up for doing things differently and decided the best time to unveil it would be at the Tour – the world’s biggest bike race. We can’t wait to get racing wearing it.”