I am bit confused about the possible confusion with the French champion jersey as I can't remember a design that had the colors left to right instead of top to bottom.
That’s true but it could still be confusing. I mean top-bottom, left-right… Even the combination of colours could be different but still confused by many. Slovenia has a flag that is very similar to Russian flag and that’s probably one of the reasons all national sportswear design focuses on different motifs rather than the actual flag. I think there is no sport where we would use three stripes whte-blue-red designs. Always blue or green…I am bit confused about the possible confusion with the French champion jersey as I can't remember a design that had the colors left to right instead of top to bottom.
Thanks for the insight.Interesting opinions here. As I work for the team I like to share some insights how this process works for us.
First of all, the UCI regulation states that the national union has to approve the national champion jersey design. Some unions are very strict, others aren't too bothered.
We always listen to the riders opinion as he's most of the time incredibly proud to be the champion of his country. Next to that we have to make sure that the interests of our team and our partners are covered as well.
Please bear in mind that a main sponsor of a cycling team has two main rights:
And take into consideration that we as a team want that a rider is recognizable as a member of our team for the TV audience, but also for our coaches watching the race on TV, for our soigneurs providing bottles along the road and last but not least for the rider himself and his teammates. Amund Grøndahl Jansen, George Bennett and even Dylan Groenewegen experienced this already. Missing bottles, being bumped out of our train etc. are things that happened.
- Naming rights
- Coloring rights
Now back to Primoz, this was the official champions jersey when Primoz won the race last year:
As it's important for our team that Primoz is recognizable as member of the team and the main color of Jumbo's biggest competitor (Albert Heijn) in The Netherlands is (light) blue, we decided to swap the upper part (light blue) for our yellow. Could you imagine a sponsor paying a lot of money to have naming and coloring rights and then have the #1 rider of the world in your team riding in the colors of your main competitor? Or having the #1 rider in your team missing important bottles or is 'overseen' by his teammates?
Then the Triglav (three mountains) remain in the Slovenian colors, but Primoz thought it would look like the French champion because they are in that order from left to right.
To resolve that issue we included the Slovenian flag in a band around the chest and back. This could not be too wide, because otherwise the sponsor logos would drop to his belly. Please notice that all sponsor logo's are just in black and white to create a 'clean' jersey without too much interference of other colors.
Primoz, the team and our sponsors are happy with the result. Normally our champions always stick to the regular black bibshorts, but Primoz will soon wear a dark blue one.
So in the end we basically changed two parts of the 'official' champions jersey and the Slovenian union was fine with that:
I hope you guys like the insight of this process for a team like us.
- swapping the light blue for yellow
- in stead of the colored 'Triglav' we included a Slovenian band around the jersey
Read elsewhere that the 3 TJV riders were Lucky enough to start behind very slow riders, and that they had some drag behind the team car of that rider for a while.Jumbo looking great in time trials this season. I predict a few wins for Van Aert in the next time trials that he will race.
That jersey design is not some incredible work of art indeed but as a distinction it works quite well. You can always see it in the TJV train.
The new Roglic is Jonas of course
He was a pleasant surprise, maybe he could have been even better if the whole team didn't pull out of the Giro last year after Steven tested positive. He would have had some experience when it comes to riding a gt.The new Roglic is Jonas of course, Foss is more like a mix between Dumoulin and Steven .
Jokes aside, Tobias in fact remind me a bit of young Tom, because he can pace himself climbing without blowing up even when he is dropped and is great in TT (not Tom level of course),
but he also seems to have Kruijswijk's ability to deteriorate less over 3 weeks than most of his rivals, this was made clear in the Avenir 2017 and 2019.
Foss, in my opinion, is tailor-made for GTs and especially for the Giro..
No mental games.Slight concern about injuries and form before Tour.. WvA injury, supposedly not in top form, Vingegaard is slighy off (but then suddenly on form for TT??), Kruijswijk renaissance just does not seem to be coming anytime soon (or ever). Dumoulin MIA did not help either.
What looked like an abslutely insane team at the start of the year appears to be crumbling a bit. Or maybe it's just Jumbo playing the mental games and try to appear as the underdogs, we'll see.