EF Professional Biking have revealed their new equipment particularly for the 2020 Giro d’Italia, a hanging collaboration between Rapha and Palace Skateboards, displaying it off for the primary time at Thursday’s group presentation.
To keep away from a conflict with the Giro’s pink chief’s jersey, the American group have made a one-time swap for the race. Their clothes supplier, Rapha, has taken the chance to collaborate with British store and clothes model Palace Skateboards to design a brand new equipment. British model Rapha took over equipment provide to the group in 2019, having previously labored with Workforce Sky, and have already created a particular pink theme for the EF group.
Rapha stated it collaborated with Palace due to its lack of involvement in biking and information of its traditions, hoping to make “a group equipment fairly in contrast to some other seen within the peloton up to now.”
Not solely will the group’s outfits characteristic the novel new design, however the group’s helmet and glasses made by Swedish model Poc may also obtain a facelift. The riders’ bikes may also have an aesthetic overhaul, with the Cannondale SuperSix Evo, SystemSix, and Slice bikes that includes a brand new all-white Palace-inspired design alongside the Rapha/Palace equipment collaboration.
The distinctive equipment might be in the stores in restricted numbers by Rapha, with the Professional Workforce Aero Jersey, Professional Workforce Bib Shorts II, Professional Workforce Coaching Jersey, the ladies’s model of the Professional Workforce Bib Shorts and Professional Workforce Aero Jersey obtainable together with particular version socks, caps, and musettes.
In addition to the on-bike equipment, you’ll additionally be capable to seize some particular version informal put on from Palace, once more obtainable in restricted numbers. The off-bike vary features a T-shirt, lengthy sleeve T-shirt, cap, hoodie, Oxford shirt, and Palace Gore-Tex Jacket.
It’s removed from the primary time a group have modified their equipment for a Grand Tour; Jumbo-Visma have usually modified their equipment on the Tour de France to keep away from clashes with the yellow jersey, whereas groups like Bora-Hansgrohe, Sunweb, and Workforce Sky/Ineos have ridden in particular version kits for Grand Excursions.
EF head into the Giro on the hunt for stage wins with out an outright GC contender. Their eight-man squad incorporates a powerful climbing line-up together with the likes of Simon Clarke, Tanel Kangert, and Jonathan Caicedo, whereas American Sean Bennett might be their man for the flat dash days.
The Giro d’Italia 2020 begins on Saturday (October 3) in Monreale, Sicily, and ends in Milan on Sunday October 25.
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