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Pro kits through time: Team Sky / Ineos Grenadiers

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In a new series, Cyclingnews is delving through the back catalogues of professional cycling team kits. 

Which designs have earned iconic status? Which are the ones that should never be seen again? And which have you completely forgotten about?

First up we have Ineos Grenadiers, formerly known as Team Sky

The British team, born as an offshoot of the British Cycling national track racing programme, burst onto the WorldTour scene in 2010 and quickly established themselves as a superpower in the sport, winning the Tour de France seven times, the Giro d'Italia three times, and the Vuelta a España twice. 

Read on to see how their kit evolved from the black-and-blue origins to the navy-and-red of today, via rainforests, Space Invaders and orca whales. And don't forget to let us know your favourite in the comments section below.

2010

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attends the Team Sky Launch at Millbank Tower on January 4, 2010 in London, England.

Bradley Wiggins at the Team Sky Launch on January 4, 2010 in London (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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attends the Team Sky Launch at Millbank Tower on January 4, 2010 in London, England.

Team Sky Launch on January 4, 2010 in London (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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<<enter caption here>> on July 1, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The line down the back of the jersey on display during training in the Netherlands with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Barry (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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<<enter caption here>> on July 1, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Training ride in preparation for the Tour de France 2010 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The British team hit the road with a black-and-blue kit that would build a strong identity over the best part of the following decade. The simple and uncluttered design has a largely black torso with one bright blue panel on the chest-baring the logo of Sky in white. 

The back, however, is where you find what will become something of a signature, not just for the kit, but the team as a whole: the thin blue strip running down the middle. This is taken from the blue racing line on the velodrome and used as a sort of visual metaphor for – amongst other things – the line between right and wrong. Cycling was still between doping scandals and the team entered the sport promising to win clean, but the navigation of that line would soon come under intense scrutiny. 

The other standout feature of the kit is the three white stripes down the arms and legs: the unmistakable mark of Adidas. The German sportswear giant had previously made the pink kits for the Telekom/T-Mobile team but otherwise hadn’t done much in cycling. That makes this kit, and by extension, the team, feel a little like outliers in the pro peloton.

  • Supplier: Adidas
  • Notable wins in the kit: Stage 1 Giro d'Italia, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
  • Verdict: A true tone-setter and the Adidas stripes just add to the retro vibe

2011

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Britain yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins L rides during the fourth stage of the 63rd edition of the Criterium of Dauphine cycling race between La MotteServolex and Macon on June 09 2011 in Macon central France German rider John Degenkolb HTC won the sprint finish to take stage four of the Criterium but Britains Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky did enough to retain the overall leaders jersey AFP PHOTO PASCAL PAVANI Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANIAFP via Getty Images

Leading the yellow jersey of Bradley Wiggins during the Critérium du Dauphiné, with the more discrete blue on the collar in 2011 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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PUERTO ALCUDIA SPAIN JANUARY 19 The riders make their way over the islands roads during a SKY Procycling team training camp in Puerto Alcudia on January 19 2011 in Mallorca Spain Photo by Bryn LennonGetty Images

The 2011 version of the stripe on display at training camp in Mallorca in January (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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<<encompete in the men's 50km race walk during day eight of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu city centre on September 3, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea.

Geraint Thomas in the time trial kit at the Tour of Britain 2011 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There’s scarcely enough of a difference for us to classify this as a new kit, but the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed a reduction in the blue trim on the collar, and the secondary-sponsor logos pushed down on top of the blue chest panel.

  • Supplier: Adidas
  • Notable wins in the kit: Vuelta a España, Critérium du Dauphiné
  • Verdict: We miss the blue collar

Special-edition: Rainforest green

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The Sky team is supporting a rainforest initiative, which is reflected in the green kit.

The Rainforest Rescue kit (Image credit: Jeff Moore)
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Bradley Wiggins promotes Sky's Rainforest Rescue venture at the 2010 Tour of Britain.

Bradley Wiggins promotes Sky's Rainforest Rescue venture at the 2010 Tour of Britain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 17 of the 2011 Tour in Sky's 'rainforest' kit

Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 17 of the 2011 Tour de France in Sky's 'rainforest' kit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Towards the end of their first season, the team decided to mark their debut appearance at their home race, the Tour of Britain, with a special-edition kit. At the time, Sky was running an environmental campaign named Rainforest Rescue, and so the blue was swapped for a bright green. 

The kit, which features the logo of World Wildlife Foundation, was such a hit that it was rolled out again for the 2011 Tour de France, with those subtle changes to the standard-issue kit reflected. Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas were called to some unspecified botanical garden to model the new jersey, in one of the more enduring pro cycling photoshoots (though nowhere near matching up to the mattress ads with Tom Boonen and his QuickStep teammates).

  • Supplier: Adidas
  • Notable wins in the kit: 2x Tour de France stages
  • Verdict: Maybe it’s the photoshoot, but this is the one we'd save from a burning building

2012

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during the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees on July 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

Chris Froome, with the new purely black collar on display, alongside Bradley Wiggins during the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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during training for the 2012 Paris - Roubaix Cycle Race on April 6, 2012 in Roubaix, France.

The wider stripe of 2012 on display with the poem on the bottom section during training for the 2012 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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during stage three of the 2012 Tour de France from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer on July 3, 2012 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

The stripe and jersey stretched to its limit as Bernhard Eisel fetches bottles during stage three of the 2012 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Again, only subtle changes as the overall design and feel of the kit remains in place. The gradual cluttering of secondary sponsors continues with the addition of IG Markets to the chest, but it’s the rear of the jersey that house the more significant development.

That blue line has now been expanded, doubling or quite possible trebling in width. It now houses a few logos but, more importantly, a mini essay/poem on the ethos behind that line:

“This is the line | The line between winning and losing | Between failure and success | Between good and great | Between dreaming and believing | Between convention and innovation |Between head and heart |It’s a fine line |It challenges everything we do |And we ride it every day."

  • Supplier: Adidas
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice
  • Verdict: It’s too easy to mock the poem, but it clearly ruins the kit.

2013-2014

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during stage two of the 2013 Tour of Qatar, a 14km Team Time Trial, along Al Rufaa Street on February 4, 2013 in Doha, Qatar.

A new kit on display during stage two of the 2013 Tour of Qatar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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<<enter caption here>> on February 16, 2013 in Muscat, Oman.

The 2013 stripe (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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XXX in action during the sixth stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, a 247km medium mountain stage between Sassano and Montecassino on May 15, 2014 in Cassino, Italy.

The 2014 Team Sky stripe (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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in action during the tenth stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, a 173km stage between Modena and Salsomaggiore on May 20, 2014 in Modena, Italy.

The gloves 2014 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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in action during the twenty first stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 138km stage from Evry into the Champs-Elysees, on July 27, 2014 in Paris, France.

The team lining up in 2014 after another Tour de France victory (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

This is where the kit really starts to evolve. Adidas are waved aside and the relatively new British cycling apparel company, Rapha, are ushered in. Rapha was long associated with the boom in cycling in the UK, and the infamous Middle-Aged Men in Lycra (MAMIL) who had more money than sense, but they’ve established themselves at the luxury end of the market globally, and made some kits that earned their place in history as Chris Froome kept the Tour de France wins flowing. 

The first effort is simplistic, and some would say overly so. It’s essentially an all-black kit, with the blue limited to single hoops on the left arm and leg, and the blue band which remains on the back (albeit without the poem). The kit is rolled out again for 2014, essentially unchanged, but for the Jaguar and 21st Century Fox logos added to the chest.

Some would say it’s uncomplicatedly stylish, others would say it has nothing to it at all. In fact, as fans and Tour de France race directors alike became frustrated with the team’s crushing dominance, the predominance of black was associated with a perceived lack of colour in their racing style. 

  • Supplier: Rapha
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice
  • Verdict: Ruthlessly efficient and not much fun, it’s hard to love this kit but it feels like it encapsulates a moment and therefore stands the test of time.

2015

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Elia Viviani (Team Sky) wins stage 3 at the 2015 Tour of Britain.

Elia Viviani as he wins stage 3 at the 2015 Tour of Britain (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky

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Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins is pensive as he lines up for the 2015 Paris-Roubaix – his last race as a WorldTour rider

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins lining up for the 2015 Paris-Roubaix – his last race as a WorldTour rider (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Chris Froome is looking for his second Tour de France title in 2015

Chris Froome looking for (and ultimately finding) his second Tour de France title in 2015 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Again, just enough changes here to mark it out as a ‘new’ kit but, for all intents and purposes, it’s the same kit. There are faint vertical stripes on the rear, with light and dark tones of black, while a thin strip of blue trim is added to the collar. 

  • Supplier: Rapha
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice
  • Verdict: As above; it’s the same kit.

2016

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Team Sky 2016

Shaking things up, Rapha style, for 2016 (Image credit: CN)
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Chris Froome wears the new 2016 Team Sky racing kit

Chris Froome wears the new 2016 Team Sky racing kit (Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) wins the 2016 E3 Harelbeke

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the 2016 E3 Harelbeke (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Poels secures Team Sky first-ever Monument victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Wout Poels secures Team Sky first-ever Monument victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky at 2016 Japan Cup team presentation

Team Sky at 2016 Japan Cup team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

After three years, and with their contract running out at the end of the year, Rapha decide to shake things up and produce something new. Ok, ‘shake things up’ might be a stretch for the addition of one stripe of blue and one stripe of white, but it certainly brightens things up. That’s maybe also because there’s a subtle lift in the shade of blue, moving it more towards a true sky blue.

As with the previous design, the newfound splash of colour is arguably reflected on the road itself. The Tour de France is a similar story, with Froome collecting his third title, but the heavy-handed stage race success is accompanied by a breakthrough in the Spring Classics – once considered beyond the reach of their controlling instincts. Wout Poels bags the team’s first Monument at a snowy Liège-Bastogne-Liège, while Michal Kwiatkowski wins on the cobbles of E3 Harelbeke, and there are further Monument podiums through Ben Swift at Milan-San Remo and Ian Stannard at Paris-Roubaix. 

  • Supplier: Rapha
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, E3 Harelbeke
  • Verdict: Those two stripes have made all the difference

2017

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Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) wins 2017 Strade Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski wins 2017 Strade Bianche (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2017 Team Sky

2017 Team Sky kit (Image credit: UCI)
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Team Sky and Chris Froome on the 2017 Vuelta podium

Team Sky and Chris Froome on the 2017 Vuelta podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The changes to the back of the jersey, pictured at the Critérium du Dauphiné, with the fragmented lines carried through to the back (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Goodbye Rapha, welcome Castelli, just 128 years older, with roots going back to a Milan tailor and founded in 1876.

The first offering stays true to the style and overall design in place since 2010, with a lot of black, hints of blue, and ‘Sky’ written across the chest in white. The fabric on the main jersey is also slightly meshed, giving a more textured look than the slick Rapha kits.

However, the key design feature of this kit are the fragmented blue and white lines, which appear on the torso, the back, and also on the socks and the trim of the shorts. These lines represent the team’s victories. The blue ones are WorldTour wins, the white ones are non-WorldTour wins, and the length of the lines indicate the length of the race, so the full-length blue lines are Grand Tour titles.

"We wanted to find a way of celebrating the success we have had as a team, but also to make sure we keep our mind firmly on the future," Brailsford says. 

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Milan-San Remo
  • Verdict: It might be Space Invaders, it might be something else, but either way, it’s a retro arcade video game, which is perhaps not such a bad thing.

Special-edition: White 

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Sky

Stepping out in the special edition white jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Sky

Team Sky reverses the colours (Image credit: UCI)
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Sky

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The gloves, however, remain dark (Image credit: Getty Images)

In what was at the time a Cyclingnews scoop, the team decide to do another Tour de France special, but this one’s a radical change. For the first time, the black is shelved and is replaced by white, in what is basically a simple reversal of the colour ways.

Some speculate that this is the latest marginal gain, white supposedly being cooler in the summer heat. Others see an attempt to literally whitewash their image given the aforementioned connotations of the old black kit and, more pressingly, the controversy surrounding the team following the Jiffy bag and TUE scandals. As it was, black kits are still tweaked to repel heat, and Castelli had apparently suggested a white kit from the start. 

Thankfully, the shorts are still black.

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France
  • Verdict: For some reason, the Space Invaders thing works much better on white.

2018

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) shows off the team's new kit for 2018

Chris Froome shows off the team's new kit for 2018 (Image credit: Team Sky)
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Luke Rowe in the 2018 Team Sky kit

Luke Rowe in the 2018 Team Sky kit (Image credit: Team Sky)
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Egan Bernal (Team Sky) celebrates winning stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of California at Gibraltar Road

Egan Bernal celebrates winning stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of California at Gibraltar Road (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The young Sky squad for the 2018 Tour Down Under

The young Sky squad for the 2018 Tour Down Under (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Michal Kwiatkowski and Team Sky at Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018

Michal Kwiatkowski and Team Sky at Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The Tour de France went so well that they decided to switch to white on a full-time basis. It’s a substantially different design to last July’s kit, with the return of the blue chest panel to house the ‘Sky’ logo for the first time since the Adidas days. 

The fragmented lines are still here but they’re moved up to sit inside this panel – in this case representing all the wins from the 2017 season. On the rear of the jersey, this idea is expanded so that almost all of the space either side of the blue line is taken up by the dashes, representing all of the team’s wins between 2010 and 2016.

Another new feature is the addition of riders’ names in black on the rear and again this harks back to the Adidas days. Back in the first couple of seasons, names were printed on the sides but are now given a more prominent position on the rear, a welcome development, no doubt, to television commentators. 

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Giro d'Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Critérium du Dauphiné
  • Verdict: Clean but fresh, this is, surely, objectively the nicest kit the team have produced

Special-edition: Ocean rescue

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Team Sky's 2018 Tour de France kit

Team Sky's 2018 Tour de France kit (Image credit: Team Sky)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Geraint Thomas takes yellow in the 2018 Tour de France while Chris Froome comes third (Image credit: Getty Images)

Another year, another Tour de France special, and this one picks up the environmental baton laid down after the Rainforest kit of 2011. This time, Sky are fighting for our polluted oceans with a campaign named Ocean Rescue, and the cycling team’s kit is a key part of the publicity push. 

However good the cause, the cynical eyes see an attempt to curry favour and distract from the controversy surrounding Froome’s salbutamol case, with the four-time champion nevertheless booed at the teams presentation in Brittany. 

The kit itself is entirely black and white, with only the faintest hint of blue on the zip. It’s odd that the blue would be discarded on an ocean-themed jersey but then the lack of colour perhaps underlines the threat to the oceans that is being highlighted. 

The front of the jersey itself looks like an oil spill, with the torso mostly taken up by a large black panel containing the logos of Sky and Ocean Rescue. The biggest flourish, however, is on the back, and is the most adventurous thing the team have ever done with a kit. It’s an image of an orca whale, in motion, spanning the length of the jersey.

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France
  • Verdict: They might have pulled it off, had they not gone on to partner with one of the world’s largest plastics and petrochemicals producers.

2019

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Stage-winner-to-be Owain Doull (Team Sky) at sign-on ahead of stage 3 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour

Stage-winner-to-be Owain Doull at sign-on ahead of stage 3 at the Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Chris Froome wears the 2019 Team Sky jersey

Chris Froome wears the 2019 Team Sky jersey (Image credit: Team Sky)
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Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) claimed his first professional victory on the opening day of the 2019 Tour of the Alps.

Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed his first professional victory on the opening day of the 2019 Tour of the Alps. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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FOSSOMBRONE ITALY MARCH 16 Geraint Thomas of the United Kingdom and Team Sky Drop from Peloton during the 54th TirrenoAdriatico 2019 Stage 4 a 221km stage from Foligno to Fossombrone TirrenoAdriatico on March 16 2019 in Fossombrone Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The simple stripe on display on the back of Geraint Thomas during Tirreno Adriatico 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A bit of a collector’s item, this. We just included a reference to the team’s future sponsor, and the arrival of Ineos ends up coming mid-way through 2019, with a James Murdoch-less Sky happy to beat an early retreat. As such, the initial 2019 kit is only in use for four months. 

The love-affair with white is a thing of the past and it’s back to dependable old black and blue, although this is notably different to previous designs. The two colours are not clearly separated but sort of blended together to make a jersey that starts off blue and effectively fades to black. Still, it’s more of a midnight blue, and the whole effect is a lot darker than the earlier colour schemes.

The secondary sponsors are pared back, while the blue line on the back is only flanked by small logos for Castelli and Pinarello, making for another sparse design.

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Paris-Nice, Tour of the Alps
  • Verdict: It’s almost like they knew they’d be discarding it in a few months anyway

2019-2020

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Gran Piemonte 2019

Egan Bernal winning the Gran Piemonte 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team Ineos 2019

Team Ineos 2019 (Image credit: UCI)
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Team Ineos youngster Pavel Sivakov’s performances at the 2019 Giro d’Italia marked him out as a potential future Grand Tour winner

Pavel Sivakov at the 2019 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luke Rowe (Team Ineos) at the 2019 Tour de France

Luke Rowe in the middle of the team line at the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Ineos leader Christ Froome greets the crowd at the Saitama Criterium in Japan in October 2019

Team Ineos leader Christ Froome greets the crowd at the Saitama Criterium in Japan in October 2019 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Ineos’ arrival comes at the end of April and, after an awkward plain one-off kit for the Tour de Romandie, the team’s new identity is officially unveiled on home soil at the Tour de Yorkshire.

It feels like a big departure but, at the same time, isn’t really a big departure. The red is clearly the most significant development, introducing a completely new colour scheme and leaving blue hanging out to dry after a decade of service. However, the new sponsor’s name is still written in white across the chest and shoulders, the ‘line’ is still on the back, and it’s still a relatively plain and clutter-free design. 

It’s basically just the previous kit, but in red – albeit the red is much brighter than the old blue, and the fade to black is far more abrupt.

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Tour de France
  • Verdict: The design works better in red, but not by much

2020-2021

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Ineos

A mid-season change with the new Ineos Grenadiers kit (Image credit: Ineos Grenadiers / George Solomon)
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Sky

The line remains, but becomes red (Image credit: Ineos Grenadiers / George Solomon)
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Ineos

Ineos now appears on the right sleeve (Image credit: Ineos Grenadiers / George Solomon)
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Grenadier gets a run on the stripe as well (Image credit: Ineos Grenadiers / George Solomon)
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PIANCAVALLO ITALY OCTOBER 18 Arrival Tao Geoghegan Hart of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers Celebration during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 15 a 185km stage from Base Aerea Rivolto Frecce Tricolori to Piancavallo 1290m girodiitalia Giro on October 18 2020 in Piancavallo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Tao Geoghegan Hart wins stage 15 of the Giro dItalia 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After six new kits in the space of two-and-a-half years, the team strike upon the kit they’re still wearing to this day. It’s too soon to change after just half a season, so the initial red Ineos kit is carried through the off-season and into the pandemic disrupted 2020. However, Ineos are launching a new 4x4, the Grenadier, and so the whole team undergoes a rebrand, timed for the Tour de France but not just a one-off. 

The new kit is navy, with the chest now featuring the word ‘Grenadier’ in white, superimposed on the car’s red arrow-shaped logo. The Ineos logo appears on the right sleeve, with Grenadier appearing on the left, and again on the collar, and for a fourth time running down that ever-present line on the back, which is itself red. 

The kit does not get a good debut as the team are humbled at the Tour de France but there’s redemption as Tao Geoghegan Hart snatches a thrilling Giro. Again, it’s not been around long enough to warrant a change, so they’ve stuck with it throughout the 2021 campaign.

  • Supplier: Castelli
  • Notable wins in the kit: Giro d’Italia x 2, Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse
  • Verdict: Another fairly straight-forward design, but the new logos and colours give it a bit more life and make for a classy look

2022?

Ineos Grenadiers will part ways with Castelli at the end of the year, switching to Belgian company Bioracer. There's sure to be a new kit in the works, which is set to be revealed before the end of the year. 

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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.