Originally Posted by coinneach
Sky improved? Are you kidding??
All that black just soaks up the heat, whereas white reflects some of it out.
Sky 10 suffered like dogs in the Tour (I think it was one of the hottest on record). In 11 Bradley had to win the national champs just so he could wear a whiter shirt. By 12, they had included more white so he didn't need to upset his training progamme and ride the nationals.
I am amazed that Brialsford has let this step backwards go ahead: maybe they are going to tone it down for 13 right enough
They had the white back in 2010, they suffered because they made a mess of their preparation, not because the jersey was too black. Caisse d'Epargne managed to do alright in their black jersey, not just at the Tour either. Pereiro won the Tour and Valverde the Vuelta for them, and southern Spain in early September isn't a laughing matter in all black clothing.
The jersey looks way better because that white back was hideous.