The 2018 road season is just around the corner and almost all of the WorldTour teams have released their new kits. The 2014 trend of black, dark blue or black and dark blue is very much a thing of the past. Flashes of bright red, lime green, celeste and even pink will certainly make the peloton look colourful from those ariel helicopter shots! Read on to see our star rating and opinions on all the new pro cycling team kits for 2018.
AG2R La Mondial
The French team have kept the same three colours from previous years but a re-design has made their 2018 kit look both classy and modern. Three-way colour schemes are very much the trend at the moment, we’re not sure about the brown shorts but we do like the new design.
There’s very little change to the Astana kit for 2018. The recognisable celeste remains, while a little more colour has been added to the base of the shorts and a yellow band has been added to the left sleeve.
Bahrain-Merida and Sportful have stuck with the same colours from last season of red, navy blue and gold. We think all three colours work really well together and the addition of more red on the sleeves is a nice touch. After all, red is faster… right?
BMC Racing Team
BMC’s kit has remained largely unchanged for almost a decade. The simple red and black design is a fan-favourite for many. A blue collar and blue stripe across the back of the bib shorts shake things up for 2018.
BORA – Hansgrohe
The new BORA -Hansgrohe kit from Sportful is one of our favourites. Clean lines and contrasting colours make it understated but very appealing. That almost robotic 8-pack pattern on the abdominals is a cool touch too.
EF Education First – Drapac
Fluorescent pink and green, talk about Euro! The new EF Education First – Drapac kit is like something from the 90’s. This is definitely going to be one of those love or hate cycling team kits, personally, we love it!
Dimension Data’s new kit is another we’ve given five stars to; the bright green really stands out and is complimented well by the white.
Die-hard cycling fans will notice that the FDJ kit has remained unchanged since 2017. The French team secured a new title sponsor; Groupama, late last season. FDJ have announced that their team presentation will take place on January 1st, until then they will race in last season’s jersey. I’d be surprised if the design of the Ale team kit changed an awful lot, even with the addition of Groupama.
The Lotto-Soudal kit hasn’t changed an awful lot in the last four years. The red and white is easily recognisable and makes it one of the most popular cycling team kits not just in Belgium but among cycling fans across the globe. 2018’s jersey features slightly less red but is still one of the coolest kits in the pro peloton.
Movistar has had a re-brand recently and moved away from dark blue and fluorescent green to a light blue and white. As such, the Movistar team kit looks a lot different in 2018 after seven years of remaining largely unchanged.
For the last five seasons, Orica-Scott has gone for a navy blue and green colour scheme. The arrival of a new title sponsor brings with it a new kit design. Gone is the navy blue, replaced by black, while the green touches are more vibrant than ever before.
The best ‘new’ kit for 2018? Potentially, Quick-Step Floors had a very similar kit back in 2010 and it looks as good now, if not better than it did all those years ago. La Classe.
Team Katusha – Alpecin
Katusha-Alpecin has removed some red from their jerseys and replaced it with a very light shade of blue. You’d think a colour that looks like a faded white would be unappealing but we think it works rather well with the coral red.
Team Lotto NL Jumbo
Being the only yellow kit in the professional peloton undoubtedly helps Lotto NL Jumbo to stand out. It’s no surprise to see they’ve kept the yellow and black colours for 2018 and made very little changes to what was already a great looking jersey.
Team Sky and Castelli have replaced the black jerseys with white ones for next season. You can bet that Sky being Sky, this change isn’t just for aesthetics. The team wore a very similar kit in the 2017 Tour de France, undoubtedly the white will absorb less heat than the black. That being said, it’s going to be a pain to wash after those muddy early season classics!
As far as we can tell Team Sunweb haven’t made any changes to the design of their jersey for 2018. The simple colurs and clean lines all compliment each other very well, why would you change the design when your kit looks this good?!
Santini has stepped in as Trek-Segafredo’s new kit manufacturer for 2018. We just had to give the new design five stars and I don’t think many would disagree. Red and black with white detailing and a few pinstripes, what’s not to love?
UAE Team Emirates
If you were playing ‘spot the difference’ between the UAE Team Emirates team kit from 2017 and 2018 you’d be forgiven if you struggled to spot a single change. That said, it is a good design, the sponsors are clearly visible and the UAE flag help make the jersey stand out in the peloton.
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