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Best and Worst National Champs jerseys

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Andy99 said:
Good British Champs Jersey (at least the flags gave it some identity!)
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If the flags were printed on it would look cool.
 
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simo1733 said:
If the flags were printed on it would look cool.

I see your point. This way it looks like he went to his old mother on a rainy sunday afternoon so she could sew it on his shirt while enjoying a way too cheap bisquit for a succesful pro rider's mother.
 
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The Joker said:
I wish they would stop using green & gold stripes for the Australian national champion:
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Something like this would be much better:

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That really does look good. Where did you get that from?

Cancellara's, both the Saxobank one and last year's at Leopard (couldn't find a decent image), have looked really good; as does Gilbert's.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Sky and EBH come up with. I'd like to see something a bit more subtle than a massive flag; on the other hand Kristoff's is just plain ugly.
 
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The Joker said:
I wish they would stop using green & gold stripes for the Australian national champion:
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Something like this would be much better:

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I've wondered about the green and gold as well. Also, why they use black for New Zealand.

Ildabaoth said:
I normally like retro styles. But Colombian national champions jerseys look so retro that it seems too lazy.

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I don't know how much different the national champion kit for Columbia differs from the ones they use for their national team, but I really like the ones from the national team. Even if they are simple.
 
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Eric8-A said:
I've wondered about the green and gold as well. Also, why they use black for New Zealand.

Australia uses green & gold because they are our unofficial national colours.

New Zealand uses black because their biggest national sporting team, the world champion rugby union team, is called the All Blacks:

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Rugby union is a religion to kiwis (New Zealanders), a bit like cricket to Indians, ice hockey to Canadians or football to Brazillians etc.

The pic is of the team doing the traditional maori "haka" before the start of a game. The "haka" is traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand :D
 
The Joker said:
I wish they would stop using green & gold stripes for the Australian national champion:
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Something like this would be much better:

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Boganesque much?
I actually really like the green and gold, I could be swayed to one featuring the flag that doesn't look for British that the british jersey (With the one you posted when they are in riding position you aren't going to see the southern cross so all you will see is the union jack and depending on the angle the federation star)

But that one looks like they should be riding in a pair of thongs
 
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I find the worst national champ jerseys always come from RadioShack-Nissan and Movistar. They practically just glue the flag across the rider's mid-section. No creativity whatsoever.

The best designs, I find, are always the ones that incorporate the national colours and characteristics onto the existing team jersey design, like Rabobank's Spanish TT champ suit worn by Sanchez, and Astana's Slovenian TT champ suit worn by Brajkovič. I even like Zabriskie's Captain America design. It's bold, but well done by Garmin. I just don't like the ones that make the riders look like they are wearing a flag.

National TT champ suits seem to look better than RR champ jerseys, maybe because skinsuits are in one piece, the design flow can be more smooth.
 
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I presume the back of the jersey would be pretty much the same as the front, so it would be quite visible in your normal riding position.

As for the green & gold, why bother having a flag if you don't use it on your champion's jerseys?

PS - Boganesque is wearing an aussie flag bikini to the beach - it is not wearing your country's colours when you are its champion...
 
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The Joker said:
Australia uses green & gold because they are our unofficial national colours.

New Zealand uses black because their biggest national sporting team, the world champion rugby union team, is called the All Blacks:

All-Blacks-Rugby.jpg


Rugby union is a religion to kiwis (New Zealanders), a bit like cricket to Indians, ice hockey to Canadians or football to Brazillians etc.

The pic is of the team doing the traditional maori "haka" before the start of a game. The "haka" is traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand :D

Now I know. Thanks :D

Fabian Wegmann's kit for German champ should look pretty sweet.

This is one of my favorites.
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Tigerion said:
Boganesque much?
I actually really like the green and gold, I could be swayed to one featuring the flag that doesn't look for British that the british jersey (With the one you posted when they are in riding position you aren't going to see the southern cross so all you will see is the union jack and depending on the angle the federation star)

But that one looks like they should be riding in a pair of thongs

+1

That Aussie flag kit conjurs up all kinds of redneck imagery, ie trailer trash driving their Commodores with Chev badges on the bonnet and tail, the Unit sticker and the southern cross stickers on the back window, and the obligatory Aussie flag tied around the neck on Australia day.

The Green and Gold is the lesser of two evils...