Images have been released of Rapha’s new kit for Team Sky.
The pictures show Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernard Eisel and Salvatore Puccio seemingly enjoying a relaxed start to their 2013 campaign.
Rapha’s collection is divided into three tiers: Pro Team, which will offer customers the same kit as used by the team, a Replica kit, which carries the Team Sky look but without the same performance or price tag, and a City Wear and Supporter line, which includes a long-sleeve shirt, jeans, t-shirts and flags.
Sixty new products make up the range, with the Pro Team Jersey costing £140, while the Replica Jersey is £75 and the Supporter Jersey is £40. The Team Sky Classic Softshell Jacket is the most expensive item in the collection at £240, while a number of items, including a scarf and socks, start at £15. You can view the full range here.
The range will go on sale from mid-February and will be available to buy on the Rapha website and through Evans Cycles.
“The opportunity to work with the riders and staff of Team Sky has always been about improving how they perform, look and feel as a Team Sky rider 24 hours a day.” said Rapha founder Simon Mottram.
“We are excited about the refinements we have brought to the on-bike clothing and are very glad to be able to redefine their look off the bike in a way more commensurate with the stature of these riders and the team.”
Team Sky returns to action at the Tour Down Under on Saturday January 22. RoadCyclingUK will have daily reports and photo galleries from official UCI WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti.
Edvald Boasson Hagen enjoys a a latte in the colours of Norwegian national road race champion
A chain gang of a superior type: Team Sky in relaxed mood
A view of Boasson Hagen familiar to many in the peloton: disappearing rapidly into the distance