Three new team kits were unveiled in the past few days, Team BMC, Quickstep Floors formerly known as Ettixx-Quickstep, and current UCI World Road Champion Peter Sagan’s new team for 2017, Bora-Hansgrove. Let’s start with the latter, Bora-Hansgrove was a continental team last year, their main colors were black, grey and red and the team used Argon 18 frames. For 2017, a lot has changed.
Let’s start with the new team bikes, which will be supplied by American bike manufacturer, Specialized. The company has maintained a close relationship with Peter Sagan, and upon the transfer to his new team they made sure they followed. The color scheme seems straight to the point, black frames with the green/teal accents. They remind me a lot of F1 Mercedes Team as they share similar colors. I’m sure Specialized will get creative with the colors as the year comes.
The team’s kit matches the bike, in the sense that again is a black base with the green/teal accents fading on the bottom front and top rear. The title sponsors share real estate on the front of the jersey, but the main sponsor, Bora takes the most of the space on the bibs.
The world champion’s jersey will be released in the upcoming days as Bora released this teaser image on their Twitter account.
Next, is America-based Team BMC. Big changes to the jerseys compared to last year’s, one of the main changes comes with new apparel supplier Assos.
Red was the dominant color of BMC for their 2016 kit design, but they’ve changed the color of the shorts to black, while keeping the red on the main part of the jersey and on the bikes. New sponsor Tag Heur adorns the sleeves.
The bikes will now be red and combined with the Vittoria Corsa tires with the gum wall finish, this is probably the most classy looking frame in the peloton for the 2017 season.
With recent Olympic gold medal winner Greg Van Avermaet looking to land some classics win next year and Richie Porte calling 2017 the “biggest year of his career”, team BMC is looking to make things happen for next season.
Lastly is Team Quickstep Floors, formerly knows as Ettix-Quickstep. The title sponsor Ettix has been dropped from the team so Quickstep now steps up as the main sponsor. The kits for the 2017 season have also changed drastically as they now bring back memories of the old Quickstep teams.
Tom Boonen remains in the team and will be their main leader for the classics season, along with Niki Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar.
Marcel Kittel remains in the team also, and will be their main sprinter for the 2017 season. He’ll be looking to snag stage wins in all the grand tours and some early races that favor sprint finishes.
2017 is looking to be a great year in the peloton, a lot of changes that will affect the respective teams involved greatly.