With the Giro d’Italia peloton nearing Milan, the Liquigas Cannondale boys have been impressing with their team efforts and Nibali’s current 3rd place (5:45 behind AC).
It hasn’t all been gorgeous podium girls and a relaxing ride to follow though. This years Giro has seen more climbing than ever, Cavendish showing how to sprint and the sad passing of Wouter Weylandt (who’s Benefit T-shirt can still be ordered here).
Yesterday (Thursday the 26th) saw the team gain their first Grand Tour victory of 2011 with Eros Capecchi outsprinting his breakaway compatriots and looking mighty pleased with it to:
Coinciding with their stage win and likely podium place is the newly arrived 2011 team kit which this year is made by Sugoi. This is the first time that Sugoi has provided apparel for an international professional cycling team. As the technical apparel sponsor Sugoi provides the team with a complete range of technically superior performance apparel, from jerseys to bib shorts, vests, arm warmers, gloves and caps.
Designed in close consultation with the team, the new kit features the latest in Sugoi’s technically advanced apparel solutions. Take the fabric for example: specially designed to hold it’s shape when pulled and stretched when you pack your pockets full of essentials – essential for any jersey to last more than a few rides!
So the kit!
Having never seen Sugoi clothing before first impressions are good. Fabrics, printing and construction seem top quality with some nice touches – the chamois in the shorts isn’t a cheap replica and the sublimated printing won’t wash out as quickly as other manufacturers.
- A summer weight jersey with a 13″ zipper for ventilation.
- Has a real durable feel which combined with their ‘anti-stretch’ fabric should last a very long time.
- Raglan sleeves sit and follow the bodies contours well and it has rear pockets as expected.
- The printing on the shorts is very vivid with the usual silicone grippers, lightweight bibs and a very Pro looking chamois:
The antimicrobial MerylSkinlife top surface and perforated ventilation creates an optimal environment for comfort and skin health, while ergonomically correct articulation and 4-way stretch panels deliver outstanding fit. The RCPro chamois helps protect from road shock and vibration with V-Control high density padding at strategic pressure points.
Combine this top quality gear with some of the accessories and you’re ready to look every bit the Pro you deserve!
A cap is always useful to own and the arm warmers continue the vibrant jersey design while keeping you warm on a morning.