Team Sky rumoured to be wearing Castelli kit from 2017

Sources suggest a deal has been struck between the British team and Italian kit manufacturer for the new season

Team Sky Rumoured To Be Wearing Castelli Kit From 2017

Team Sky1 will finish its four-year run with Rapha2 this year and according to various sources, will see its stars like Chris Froome3 wear Castelli s kit in 2017. The Italian company currently furnishes team Cannondale-Drapac, which will wear POC.

The British WorldTour team debuted with Adidas in 2010 and in 2013, helped British brand Rapha reach a global market.

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The terms of the multi-year deal remain closely held between Sky s principal David Brailsford, head of technical operations Carsten Jeppersen and head of performance operations Rod Ellingworth, and of course a select few at the Castelli headquarters in Fonzaso, in Italy s northeast Veneto region. The exact details should emerge sometime in October or November. In those months, Froome and his teammates could already receive their first pieces of clothing from Veneto. Castelli kit can easily be spotted with its red and white scorpion logo.

It would stand out on Sky s black and blue clothing.



In recent years, it made headlines with its innovative bad weather Gabba jacket5. In the snow-ravaged 2013 Milan-San Remo6, several riders said it saved their day. Castelli also supplied Tinkoff-Saxo, the Italian national team and produced the Giro d Italia s leaders jerseys. Sky wants to tap into the same new clothing technologies and give its riders an advantage. A source at Cannondale confirmed Castelli ended its contract a year early, which paved the way for the Castelli/Sky deal and of course, for the eventual POC agreement.

Brailsford, Jeppersen and Ellingworth also considered Sportful, a sister company with Castelli, that will supply Bahrain-Merida7 in 2017. Regardless, the British super team should have a unique kit and clothing technologies. Besides Castelli, Swiss manufacturer Assos and Italy s Giordana were in the running to become Sky s clothing partner.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ finish its four-year run with Rapha (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Team Sky apologise for close pass incident involving cyclist and team bus: it is unacceptable (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ bad weather Gabba jacket (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ 2013 Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Bahrain-Merida (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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