With Ineos Grenadiers arriving early with their look for 2022, we’ve rounded up a selection of the other new uniforms ready for the start of the upcoming season. While some teams have stuck to fairly familiar themes, others have gone a little bolder, and some have yet to be announced, including the notoriously stylish Canyon-SRAM and EF Education – Nippo.
Almost as early in its release as Ineos was the AG2R Citroën team, who announced that their kit remained absolutely the same. However, since it’s quite nice, we don’t have beef with it. Jumbo-Visma took to social media to announce that he had mixed up some logos. At the same time, rivals Lotto Soudal have opted for a slightly more drastic makeover, ditching their black stripes for a lighter red and white look.
The always-well-turned Trek-Segafredo has also reformed its men’s and women’s kits, which are now much more similar between genders. Also in matching apparel, the men and women of the DSM team earn more sponsors to display on their shoulder pads, while the Movistar riders step up to a deeper shade of blue. Among the few standalone Women’s WorldTeams to launch their 2022 wardrobes, SD Worx reverses the order of its striking, if somewhat divisive, purple/pink fade.
So far a bit boring. I guess everyone is waiting for EF Education – Nippo to announce that their 2022 team kit will only be available as NFT or something similar.
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Having previously been purple at the top and pink at the bottom, this year’s SD Worx kit turns the tables. With a sunny yellow sheen on the back, the addition of matching ombre pattern headpieces and arm warmers helps just about everything stay together.
Already seen? Human Powered Health’s jersey shares a strange resemblance with that of SD Worx, just like many of the new jerseys of the women’s peloton. Pink and orange must be in season?
The number of women’s teams with similar jersey designs eventually led to the UCI controversially asking two continental teams to change their jerseys before the 2022 season, so as not to be confused with their WorldTour competitors. Luckily for SD Worx and Human Powered Health, they were allowed to keep their designs as shown above, leaving two WWT teams in very similar outfits. Cycling commentators, we are thinking of you!
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AG2R Citroën team
Odd scanning typography aside, this jersey is easily nice enough for a second round. Ensuring that the entire team’s old kit goes to the laundry and not the landfill, the AG2R Citroën team crowd is sticking to precisely the outfits they wore last season.
The two-tone blue and diamond transition from last year remains, only the sponsor logos move. Exit Premier Tech, and comes Qazaqstan. Not a company but a different way of spelling “Kazakhstan”, the change was brought about by the country’s decision to abandon the Cyrillic alphabet. IIf you’re interested in the intersection of geopolitics and language in the post-Soviet context, the whole saga is well worth a Google search.
As an attempt to communicate the personality of a team that once formulated its riders’ nicknames by adding a ‘y’ to their last name or shortening it to its first letter, we think this jersey works well.
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To say that Lotto Soudal’s kit still has a slightly retro side to it is perhaps to fundamentally misunderstand Belgian cycling culture. Either way, the switch to a predominantly red and white livery ensures they remain one of the best dressed outfits in the peloton. Already a future classic.
The Movistar team
Movistar goes from its instantly recognizable but slightly anemic light blue to this much bolder hue. One of the few kits released to date to have a complete redesign; it’s nice while being a bit in the middle of the road. Traditionally using the same design in both teams, the Movistar riders are also migrating to a darker blue.
The DSM team
Less of a change than a redistribution of the logos, both the men’s and women’s kits remain essentially unchanged.
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Now with a capital C for Cervelo on the shoulders instead of a black stripe, the Jumbo Visma team kit is pretty much unchanged save for a revamp of its sponsor logos.
Oddly, some photos show the new women’s kit with the same additional green Campina newspaper logo as the men’s, although in others it does without. We’ll be looking to bring you clarity on the matter as soon as possible – assuming there’s absolutely nothing else to do.
United Arab Emirates team
A bit of a UAE Team Emirates snooze-fest, with the kit remaining largely the same as the previous year. With Tadej Pogačar aiming for a third consecutive Tour de France victory in 2022, could it be that the team feared a new look would be a bad omen? I guess if it works, why change it?
Hiking – Segafredo
After using red kits for men and blue kits for women, Trek – Segafredo standardized their uniforms. The two kits are now identical, apart from a central stripe of the same blue or red color, as well as matching cuffs on the shorts. Very clean and modern without being bland; both benefit from not having too many logos slapped all over the place.
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BORA – Hansgrohe
Bora-Hansgrohe’s new kit sponsors Le Col have brought absolute fire when designing the team’s 2022 kit. Staying true to that striking green color scheme, they added lighter green and red accents in a patchwork style, seemingly inspired by old American college/team patchwork quilts. It’s a yes from us.
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The Cofidis team
The Cofidis team were clamoring for a kit update in 2022, with the older iteration of their shirt looking like something hastily put together in clip art, and the red shorts not helping the look. The team hopes their new 2022 kit will also bring a change of luck, after a few disappointing seasons. We’re big fans of the simple but striking red and white combination and really appreciate the minimal sponsors on the front of the kit.
The brand new Cofidis women’s team will also wear this outfit next season.
Team BikeExchange – Jayco
Like Marmite, you either love her or hate her. Blue shorts are a bold choice, and we respect BikeExchange for thinking outside the box – if you’re going to redesign a kit, we’re all for making big changes.
Pink for the girls and blue for the boys looks a bit archaic, even if it’s just to match the paint job on the team bikes.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
The loss of Deceuninck didn’t mean more space on Quick-Step’s 2022 jersey, as the Belgian flooring brand was quick to use that alternate fabric to promote its Alpha Vinyl range, leading to a new name for the team.
Still, we can’t help but love the 2022 jerseys. Perhaps it’s the dark blue color that was synonymous with many of the team’s most famous wins, it’s a classic.
Futuroscope FDJ New Aquitaine
Still in the dark blue theme, we present to you the jerseys of the Women’s WorldTeam FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope. Gobik did a great job here, we love the subtle red shoulder fade and the white sleeves complete the look perfectly. Plus, this is what a national champion shirt should look like…take note of the UAE team.
Intermarché – Wanty Gobert
In true Belgian style, Wanty’s 2022 kit remains plastered in sponsors, with the white base color providing the perfect blank canvas to see how many can be slotted in. Still, it’s not a bad look with the fluorescent sleeve ensuring they’ll be visible in the peloton.
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Team Israel-Premier Tech
No obvious deviation from last year’s kit means this French side won’t need to whip their existing wardrobe. As always, the team’s red, white and blue kit nods to its Gallic origins. However, the best outfits are reserved for Kevin Geniets and Ignatas Konovalovas, whose minimalist national champion jerseys are truly splendid.