Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2017 Women’s Cycling kits – the WorldTour edition

It’s that time of year again, when we’re waiting for the Spring Classics to start – and as is now traditional, I’m here to show you who’s wearing what kit, so it’s easier for you to work out who’s who when you’re watching all the live racing this year, and to give you the chance to vote for your favourites.  I’ll also include links to any team shops, so you can buy jerseys, caps and much more.

I’m starting with kits from the teams that get automatic invitations to the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour stage races.

Update! The voting is now closed – but you can see the results at the bottom of the page.   Will you guess who won?

I’ve also got Part 2 of the 2017 vote up now – these are the teams outside the UCI top 20, that were nominated by readers.  There are some very different designs in there, so head over, have a look, and get voting!

The previous year’s kit posts are on Podium Café for 2014 and 2015, and here for last year’s votes for the WorldTour and the ‘Best of the Rest‘ – and you can buy the 2016 kits through the links for the WorldTour teams, and for the USA domestic squads.

All photos are from the team websites, unless otherwise stated – click through them for the sources and credits.

Alé Cipollinichloe-hosking

The kit has kept the same #YellowFlourance colour scheme that make them the easiest squad to pick out of the peloton, but the bubbles on the jersey have been swapped for squares, and the shorts are now black.

There are photos of the 2017 team presentation on the Alé Cipollini website, and on Cyclingnews, if you want to see more – and of course, you can watch Chloe Hosking win stage 3 of the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour, although she’s wearing the Sprint jersey, not the Alé kit, because she was doing so well.

Usually a variation of the kit, without all the sponsors etc, is for sale on the Alé Cycling site – it’s not up on the website yet, but if you like it, check back later in the year.   Last year’s jersey was based on Alé’s ‘bubbles’ design, which is still for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket.

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Astana

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Astana have a new kit design for 2017, adding more black to the familiar Kazakh-blue, and getting rid of the yellow arm of last year.  Here it is in the wild, on Ariana Fidanza:

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The 2017 version isn’t for sale yet, but because the kit is the same basic design as the men’s team,  you can find the men’s team kit for sale in various online retailers, in men’s sizes only – here’s the 2016 jersey and kit on BOB shop.

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BePink Cogeas

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Photo from the race twitter

While a lot of other kits have gone dark blue, BePink have less on their kit for 2017, and more pink, and while there aren’t any formal photos of the new kit, there are some on their twitter – and it’s being raced in on the track!

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Boels-Dolmans

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It’s still orange and black, but this year the Boels-Dolmans kit has changed, with more black on the jersey, plainer black shorts, and orange diamonds on the waist. This is what it looks like on training rides:

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Being Boels, they have a lot of extra jersey designs, even before the racing starts.  From left to right:  Megan Guarnier in the USA Champion’s jersey; Road World Champion Amalie Dideriksen; European Road Champion Anna van der Breggen; and Christine Majerus in the Luxembourg champion’s stripes.

If you’re interested in how cycling team kits are made, there’s are two videos about the process on the Boels-Dolmans facebook –  Santini Maglificio Sportivo Managing Director Monica Santini talking about the full process and a general one

Boels-Dolmans has probably the best team webshop in the peloton, with everything for sale from little gifts right up to team-issue jerseys.  It’s down for the mid-season break at the moment, but will be re-launched in March, once the road season has started – keep an eye on the team website.

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BTC City Ljubljana

It’s a small development team for eastern European riders, but they always punch above their weight – most notably when Eugenia Bujak won the 2016 WorldTour GP Plouay with a death-or-glory early sprint.

In their photos from their 2017 training camp, the kit looks the same as last year, black with bright pink highlights – although it could be they’ll release a new kit later in the season.  There’s no team shop, but that’s unsurprising, as they’re such a small team.

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Canyon-SRAM

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Photos from the Canyon-SRAM facebook

This kit was an instant fan-favourite when it was launched last year, and the team is always great at showing us what it looks like on the roads, with the excellent photo galleries on their website and their facebook.

This year the change is how they’re doing the National Champions’ kits, adding the colour of the stripes to the basic design – in that photo above, Elena Cecchini‘s Italian version third from left, and Hannah Barnes (Great Britain) and Mieke Kröger (Germany) in the middle.

Update!  These National Champs’ versions are just for training, and they’ll be racing in the standard national stripes, but I really like that they’re there – I think it’s a nice touch.

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And if you want to see what it has looked like in the 2017, there’s a gallery from their  winter training camp, and from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, as well as in videos from the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour on the Rapha Films YouTube.

If you like this kit, you can buy it, and all kinds of accessories in women’s and men’s cuts on the Rapha website, via the Canyon-SRAM team page.

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Cervélo-Bigla

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It looks like the kit is the same simple, classic design as last year, but we’ll know for sure when they have their 2017 team launch.  One thing we know is that we’ll be able to see a lot of it, as the team has fantastic photo-galleries throughout the season on their website.

If you like the jersey, and want you’re own, there are team-issue women’s cut jersey and shorts, and a cap, gloves and socks available for sale on the Endura webshop.

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Cylance Procycling

All Photos: Brian Hodes - veloimages.com

Last year’s winners in the kit vote, but this year it’s a different take on the design, with the same green colour, but a lot more black.  You can see it in action in their first team camp gallery, when Kirsten Wild won Stages 2 and 4 of the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour, and the Race Melbourne Crit, and in their 2017 team introduction video:

No team shop yet, but if one does happen, I’ll let you know.

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FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope

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The small French Futuroscope team has been around for years – and now they’ve got a new sponsor in FDJ, and a link with the men’s team – and a new kit!  It’s going to be very easy to spot in the peloton, especially from above:

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Photos from team facebook

I always love the photo galleries they have on their facebook, because they’re especially good about showing us life backstage at races.  Here’s their gallery from their recent team camp, and at their team presentation.

If you want to see more, check out their video series, “One year with FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope”, which you can find on their facebook – here’s the most recent episode:

Their team shop webpage isn’t fully running right now – but if you click through, you can find the contact details to find out more about buying the jersey and other cycling kit.

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Hitec Products

The kit’s changed this year for the Norwegian-Scandinavian team, moving away from the aqua, teal and white to a darker blue.  Here’s a photo including the shorts (you should all be following team owner Karl Lima, he’s fantastic!

The kits aren’t for sale, yet, but I’ll update if that changes.

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Lares-Waowdeals

It’s the same green and white kit with red highlights as last year, and you can find photos of the 2017 team on their training camp gallery on facebook, where the photo is from and their team camp report , and follow them through their weekly racing reports on the really excellent website. No team shop yet, but they’re a small team, so that’s not surprising.

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Lensworld-Kuota

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They’ve kept the blue and white, but changed the design from last year – check it out in the photos from the team’s 2017 launch, the daily reports from their team camp on their website, and their 2017 introduction video:

The team shop only sells last year’s jerseys, along with bidons and 2016 team cards, but it could be updated later in the year

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Lotto Soudal

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The kit looks the same as it has for years (and the same as their brother team’s) but with a different back in 2017.  Check it out in the photo galleries from their training camp and backstage at their official team photo shoot, and in their 2017 training camp video:

I like that back at lot!  They’ll be really easy to spot in the pack.

The team webshop doesn’t have the 2017 jerseys in yet, but you can still buy things like caps, socks, casual clothing and things for fans.

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ORICA-Scott

Photo from the ORICA-Scott facebook

It’s a new look for the Australian team, the same kit for the women’s and men’s teams – swapping the white for even more dark blue, and the green is now a lime-colour.

The Australian summer racing showed us this kit a lot!  Check out the videos and photos of Gracie Elvin winning Stage 1 the 2017 Mitchelton Bay Crits, Katrin Garfoot winning the Australian Road Championships, Amanda Spratt winning the Santos Women’s Tour (Down Under), and their non-Aussie Annemiek van Vleuten winning the Deakin Women’s Race at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race!  There were great videos of all of these on the ORICA-Scott youtube, and I hope we see more of that this season – and there are always great race reports with photo galleries, on the team website.

There’s no team shop for 2017 yet, but there was a men’s cut kit for sale from online bikeshops – for example, there are lots of gear from previous years on BOBshop, including the 2014 Aussie champion’s jersey.

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Servetto Giusta AluRecycling

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The small Italian team have switched up their sponsors, but the jersey is very similar to last year’s – have a look in their team presentation gallery.  No team shop for them, as they’re a very small team indeed.

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Sunweb

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The team formerly known as Liv-Plantur has brought their women’s and men’s teams together under the same name and the same kit – it’s back to the same easy-to-spot design as 2014, but with red accents added to the black-and-white.

If you’re a cyclocross fan, you’ll have been seeing Lucinda Brand racing brilliantly in it, including onto the podium at the 2017 Hoogerheide Cyclocross World Cup, and at the Dutch National Championships – and there are photo galleries from the women’s team training camp and the 2017 team launch, on the Team Sunweb website.

I hope we’ll see rider introduction videos on the Sunweb YouTube soon, but in the meantime, here’s the video from their 2017 team presentation:

The team webshop is closed right now, but it’s bound to be up later in the year, so keep checking.

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Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

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More dark blue from the small USA-based team, with lime green and blue accents.

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Photo from the team facebook

On the team web shop, you can buy team jerseys going right back to 2010, with discount codes down the sidebar for the older kit – the 2017 shop is here, with cycling kit in women’s and men’s cuts

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Photo from the team twitter

This may seem like a new team for the women’s peloton, but it’s a reboot of small Scandinavian team BMS Birn, that’s been taken over by Bjarne Riis (a famous, or maybe infamous, figure in men’s WorldTour cycling) and allied with a men’s Continental team, and with two American riders added – 2016 World Time Trial Champion Amber Neben, and Carmen Small, who will also be transitioning to Directeur Sportif with the team.

The jersey is the same for the women’s and men’s teams, and there’s a video of the team training in it, Mallorca here:

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Wiggle High5

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Photo from the team facebook

It’s the same classic black and orange kit as last year, and you can watch it in action on the team’s excellent videos from the 2017 Australian summer racing, including Annette Edmondson coming second on Stage 4 of the Santos Women’s Tour, and Mayuko Hagiwara coming third in the Deakin Women’s race at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. There are also photo galleries on the team facebook.

Definitely keep an eye on the team YouTube, as Wiggle High5 are by far the most consistent and prolific of the women’s teams, for showing us videos of the races, and often give us the only race highlights

You can buy the kit in women’s cut, and various accessories like caps, a jacket and gilet, on the Champion Systems webshop.

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WM3 Procycling

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Photo by Anton Vos

It’s the latest iteration of the Marianne Vos-owned team – and we saw the new jersey in action, very briefly, as Vos won the first European cycling race, the GP Sven Nys cyclocross in Baal on New Year’s Day, but then swapped it for the Dutch National Cyclocross Champion’s jersey almost immediately (watch her win it in here – she looks so delighted!)

They haven’t launched their team website yet, but follow their twitter and facebook.  There’s a gallery of photos from their team launch on Cyclingnews, and you can read more about their co-leader, Kasia Niewiadoma (and see more of her Polish national champion’s jersey) in this recent interview on Ella Cycling Tips.

Update! The jersey and bibs are for sale on the GSG-Benelux shop, going right up to 5XL – and if you liked last year’s iteration, Rabo-liv, their kit is also still for sale (including the jersey for only €38) on the Rabo-liv GSG-Benelux page.

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Now for the voting!

The poll was open for a week, and here are the results:

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Congratulations Tibco-SVB!  Remember, if you like their kit best too, you can buy it here.

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If you want to talk about the kits, or nominate any of the smaller teams for the “best of the rest’ post and vote, get in touch in the comments, or on twitter.  I can talk about kits for days, so I’d love to know your thoughts!

As always, I’m funded to do this kind of women’s cycling work by my fantastic Patreon supporters – you can join them from as little as £/$/€ 2 a month – there’s more information here.

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31 thoughts on “Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2017 Women’s Cycling kits – the WorldTour edition

  1. I like Cervelo Bigla – just nice and classic.

    Boels non-standard jerseys look great.

    Canyon is still the best though I remember reading somewhere that those alternative colour national jerseys were only for training and the ‘normal’ national jerseys will be used for races?

    It sure is weird seeing Vos in a black jersey!!

    • Oh, didn’t know that re Canyon – I hope not, because I really enjoy the wackier National Champs’ jerseys – I loved Alena Amialiusik’s Belarussian Velocio-SRAM kit for example. But I was surprised, because the German and GB Federations are hardcore about how their stripes are shown.

      I have a lot of love for the Cervélo kit. It’s funny, I either like super-plain and classy, like the Cervélo Test Team kit from back in the day, or completely insane, like the Nederland Bloeit kit that had teenytiny cows, tractors and broccoli on it. It’s got to be either end of the spectrum for me – minimalist, or WTF!

      I’m the same re Vos – and Lizzie Deignan too! But I reckon Vos will be in WorldTour leader’s/national Champ’s/stage race jerseys etc etc in no time at all!

      • UCI rules state that the national champions jersey be of a certain specification (that issued when the rider won the jersey) with specific sizes & placements for sponsors logos.
        Canyon-SRAMS NC kit is good, but doesnt meet the racing rule requirements.
        I do stand to be corrected if there is a rule change I am not aware of.

      • As far as I know, Nat Champs kit design is governed by the relevant National Federation, and some are super-strict (like Germany) while others will let a team do whatever they like with it (which is why some teams will manage to mess up the classics, like the Swiss or Swedish national kits, which should always be block of background colour for the whole jersey, with the cross right across the chest :-D) and everything in between.

        So I can see that not all those great Canyon jerseys will be ridden in, necessarily – but it’s great they have them (and I’m wondering whether they’ll pop up for sale, too…)

    • Oooh, do you have a link? I looked on their site a few hours ago, and didn’t see anything, but if you can ping me a link, I can edit it.

      Some teams don’t get their websites updated until way into the season, and I like to get this done before the Spring Classics start, so people can get their eyes in for the livestreams. I’m actually later than usual, as I used to tie it in with the Ladies Tour of Qatar, when it was streamed live. But it is what it is – there’s never a perfect moment.

  2. Hello Sarah. I have been looking for a cool women’s team kit for ever with no luck. I am based in UK. Apart from Ale there is nothing. Tried Italian and German websites sadly everything is geared towards male riders. The evarage women’s kit is dead boring. Where can I get a cool funky kit like these ? Please help. Thank you

    • UHC unfortunately aren’t in the top 20-ranked teams that get automatic invitations to the WorldTour races – but if you want to nominate them, they can definitely be in Part 2, the next voting post for the smaller teams

  3. Hi Sarah,
    Do you realize that Joëlle Numainville is in both Bigla-Cervelo and Cylance kits? Isn’t that double dipping? Ha,ha…

    TIBCO-SVB has the smartest lot this year, but I think W3 is my second best.

  4. I voted for the kit I would buy to wear – Lensworld – rather than teams/riders I follow. I loved the Rabobank design and am a little disappointed in the WM3 kit which is more like all the others rather than so different. 🙂

    • I really loved the Rabo design too. I know when it came out, a lot of people really didn’t like it, but I loved it, because it was so different. I own one of the old Nederland Bloeit jerseys, because I loved the little vegetable/tractor/windmill icons on it.

      Got to admit, I wish there were more interesting patterns, and different kits – but tomorrow I’m putting up the smaller team kit vote, and wow, there are some fantastic designs in there!)

      (If anyone still misses Rabo, the jersey is for sale at under €40, which is a bargain for cycling team jerseys! http://www.gsg-benelux.com/rabobank-webshop/ )

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