Shirt week! Summer shopping, Part 1: The 2016 WorldTour team kits

I’m very excited about the Aviva Women’s Tour, starting in a fortnight, because it’s still SO amazing to me that the best riders in the world get to race on British soil.  But it also reminds me of all the great fan interaction I’ve seen at the previous two races, and especially seeing kids and adult fans in team kit having great interactions with the riders and teams from those kits – especially the teen girl who ended up riding with Marianne Vos, after Vos saw her in the Wiggle Honda kit!

So, in case you’ve always wondered where you can get women’s cycling pro team kit, here’s Part 1, kits from the teams that get automatic invites to the Women’s WorldTour day races – I’ll be back with UK teams and USA teams soon.  And if a team’s not here, it’s because I can’t find their jersey for sale, so if you see it somewhere, please do let me know, so I can edit it in…  And if you want to see more of the team kits, I’ve got links in the 2016 WorldTour kit vote post.

Before we start with the teams, though, the Aviva Women’s Tour has a shop, where you can buy the race yellow jersey and Queen of the Mountains jersey, and all kinds of racewear from hoodies in black and blue to T-shirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve!


Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 21.25.34Alé Cipollini

Alé is a cycling clothing brand, and the team kit is a version of the Bubbles design, which is available without team branding for women and men – not in short sleeve right now, but it’s for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket.  You can also buy the 2014 team kit in women’s sizes.

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Stage 4, Giro Rosa 2015 – the final flat stage. Videos, photos, links and more

We’re at the halfway point of the 2015 Giro Rosa, with the last flat stage before the peloton hits the mountains and the climbers come out to play.  It’s still crazy-hot out there, and with one last chance for sprint glory – or for flat-loving escape artists to take their chances – it was fast and furious all the way.

Video highlights, and more below – including the full results, links to blogs, photos, tweets and things I enjoyed from today’s stage.  As always I’ll keep updating this as I see more.

Here’s the sprint and the podium:

and here’s the hour-long highlights (if you don’t have a lot of time, fast forward to the last 10 minutes)

Watch the peloton take that tough right-angle corner in the final kilometre

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