Known globally for creating forward thinking and performance lead clothing, Castelli are no strangers to the world racing scene. Redefining what ‘race sponsorships’ actually meant, Castelli has one of the longest and historic partnerships with road cycling racing, and when you realise the innovation, research & development and passion that goes into creating every Castelli product, it’s easy to see why they have been at the top of the game for nearly 70 years, and why they are still there today.
Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford was quoted that Castelli “will be more than a kit supplier, they will be an innovation partner”. In his opinion, next generation clothing is key to his marginal gains philosophy – giving Team Sky the edge over other teams in the Tour de France and other major stage races.
Andrea Peron – Castelli’s race performance director added: “Castelli and Team Sky share the same drive for results-driven innovation in everything we do. Team Sky has a structure and the resources to help us to continuously give our athletes a performance advantage.”
Brailsford continued with “Whether it’s aerodynamics, foul weather protection or solutions that let the riders more comfortably, we’re looking at every opportunity for an advantage.”
Castelli really have gone into thorough detail with the 2017 Team Sky kit, and the design print work is no exception. The stripes that form the design on the torso of the jersey and wind vest (also replicated on the socks & bib shorts) all represent a Team Sky victory. The longest of the lines signify the four Team Sky Tour de France wins, with the line directly below the Sky logo on the chest saved for Chris Froomes 2016 victory.
One-day races are represented as a short dash, while the medium-length lines indicate mutli-stage races, with the number of stages determining the length of the line. WorldTour races are blue line whilst the white represent non WorldTour races.