New Kit! Team Type 1 – Sanofi


I’m disappointed. Team Type 1 took a great kit and pooped all over it. The 2011 kit was simple and classic. I liked the blues against the white and the understated logos.

2011 kit

Now…now it’s this.

They took the beige of Footon-Servetto, the lime green of Liquigas-Cannondale, the blue of their previous jersey, mixed it all together on an artist palette, then threw it on the jersey. To an unfortunate effect. The beige is really the worst of it, but if you take it out, you’re left with the blue and green, which is basically the Liquigas kit. Oy. I’d say this is the worst kit I’ve seen so far!

On a side note, I wonder what the goes through the rider’s head when they pull out a kit like this (or any kit they thought was ugly) and think, “Awesome. Now I have to spend the whole season looking like a fashion disaster.” I mean, imagine what the poor Footon guys had to go through! It’s not like they weren’t all aware that they were wearing one of the fugliest kits known to man. It had to be a bit demoralizing to get on your bike everyday and know that everyone in the peloton was thinking, “Thank god my kit doesn’t look like that.”  Although…you can guarantee their kit and team will live on in the cycling kit history books for their willingness to humiliate their riders. Kinda like the Castorama kits. Or Mapai ;)

2012 Team Roster

  • Alessandro Bazzana
  • Rubens Bertogliati
  • Laszlo Bodrogi
  • Alex Bowden
  • Fabio Calabria
  • Daniele Callegarin
  • William Dugan
  • Alexander Efimkin
  • Joe Eldridge
  • Aldo Ino Ilesic
  • Jure Kocjan
  • Javier Megias
  • Kiel Reijnen
  • Martijn Verschoor
  • Julien Antomarchi
  • Daniele Colli (from Geox)
  • Remy Cusin (from Cofidis)
  • Julien El Fares (from Cofidis)
  • Filippo Fortin
  • Vegard Stake Laengen
  • Georg Preidler
  • Joey Rosskopf
  • Alexander Serebrayakov
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  1. ‘I wonder what the goes through the rider’s head when they pull out a kit like this (or any kit they thought was ugly) and think, “Awesome. Now I have to spend the whole season looking like a fashion disaster.”’

    Nicolas Roche actually talked about this subject in his autobiography, when he described his ambivalence toward the AG2R kit with the brown shorts. He was happy to be able to wear his Irish National Champion kit, but hated when he was forced to wear the regular team kit. Although, on more than one occasion after a nasty spill or a bad stomach bug, he was glad for the dark brown color. *ahem*

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