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Rating the switch-out kits for the 2022 Tour de France

Stick or twist: Who’ll be happy and who’ll be shooting off up the road in search of a different jersey?

Robyn Davidson
30 Jun 2022

Ah, the Tour de France. The most wonderful time of the year. 

And it’s a busy time of year for brands too. Not only are we coming off the back of multiple national championships races that all come with the requirement of new jerseys, but teams have also been revealing their switch-out kits for the upcoming Grand Tour

Which ones are worth riding for, and who will be up the road desperately in search of classification jersey to replace it? 

Let’s find out. 



Alpecin-Fenix

Photo: Alpecin-Fenix via Twitter

Coinciding with a name change for the first stage of the Tour de France, Alpecin-Fenix (soon to be Alpecin-Deceuninck as of 1st July) revealed their new kit on social media before the team presentation.

It’s not a switch-out kit per se, as they will continue to race in in after the Tour, but it is now a brighter blue with a slight gradient fade into black.

Because if there’s one thing a cycling team loves, it’s a gradient fade into black.

This isn’t the first time they’ve featured new kits in a Grand Tour either.

At the 2022 Giro d’Italia, Alpecin-Fenix wore matte green and as we all remember at the 2021 Tour de France team presentation, the team paid tribute to the legendary Raymond Poulidor – Mathieu van der Poel’s grandfather – with purple and yellow jerseys.

  • 5/10
  • I prefer the matte green or purple and yellow, sorry

Bora-Hansgrohe

Photo: Bora-Hansgrohe via Twitter

The Mondrian-esque jersey, compiled of coloured non-uniform squares collated together, has been given a lighter tone for the three-week journey around France.

It’s not an uncommon theme to switch towards white, with Team Sky unveiling a special white jersey edition of their Castelli kit ahead of the 2017 edition, and Team Sunweb (now Team DSM) swapping red for white with their ‘summer kit’ of 2020.

Bora-Hansgrohe, who recently won the Giro d’Italia with Jai Hindley, will bring a strong team to the Grand Départ in Copenhagen that includes the likes of podium-hunter Aleksandr Vlasov.

  • 10/10
  • But white for the Tour de France? Groundbreaking

EF Education-EasyPost

Photo: EF Education-EasyPost via Rapha

Loud. Attention-grabbing. Sound familiar?

No it’s not me, rather EF Education-EasyPost back with another bright Grand Tour kit.

Following on from their 2020 duck jerseys at the Giro d’Italia, Rapha has again collaborated with Palace Skateboards.

The men and women will wear the same kit for the Tour de France races.

On the front is the female gender symbol to celebrate the Tour de France Femmes. Two creatures – monsters… dinosaurs? – are also incorporated.

Probably not a representation of the archaic mindsets that sometimes front when discussing women’s cycling and more of a nod to Palace Skateboards’ quirky style.

  • 8/10
  • I’m still at a loss about the dinosaurs

Israel-Premier Tech

Photo: Israel-Premier Tech via Twitter

Israel-Premier Tech: doing the opposite of typical summer kits and moving away from white instead.

The influx of colour is a result of the Field of Dreams fundraising project to help build a new cycling centre in Rwanda, Kenya.

The brightness represents the ‘rich soil and lush greenery that brightens the landscape of the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, and features the Rwandan art form Imigongo,’ says designer Stijn Dossche.

  • 9/10
  • Imagine how terrible it would be to rate a fundraiser poorly

Jumbo-Visma

Photo: Jumbo-Visma via Twitter

The marmite of Tour de France jerseys. This one got a very mixed reaction when released. 

Created with artificial intelligence and drawing on inspiration from Rembrandt, Vermeet and Van Gogh, it will replace the yellow jersey – one deemed too similar to the maillot jaune – and worn by both the men’s and women’s teams.

Jumbo-Visma reversed the colours to wear a more black jersey for the men’s Tour de France in 2021.

Not selling themselves short, this one is labelled The Masterpiece.

The design incorporates ‘The Night Watch’ from Rembrandt on the sleeve, ‘The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer and a combination of ‘Wheatfield with Mower and Sun’ with ‘Oliver Grove’ from Van Gogh. 

  • 7/10
  • The ambition was there, unsure of the AI execution

Lotto-Soudal

Photo: Lotto-Soudal via Twitter

Red, white and blue. The Jubilee has been and gone, boys.

Regardless, the Lotto-Soudal team snuck in showing off their new team kit just a few hours before the team presentation (and after I initially submitted this article... let’s compare schedules next time.)

Belgian technology comnpany Dstny will become co-title sponsor as of next year, but the blue and red helmets and blue striped shorts are making their debut early to ‘provide a soft-landing’ for the following season.

A soft landing you say? That might be good for Caleb Ewan.

  • 4/10
  • Minus points for the late submission and colour scheme
  • Despite this, maybe I’ll warm to it once I see it in action

Trek-Segafredo

Photo: Trek-Segafredo via Twitter

Looks pretty sleek and stylish to me.

Ditching the lighter white for darker tones, the new Trek-Segafredo jersey for the Tour de France introduces more colour on the ‘TREK’ front band as opposed to just two differing colours for men and women. 

This gives the jersey a more united tone for a team on the ball with making the men’s and women’s sides feel equal.

  • 8/10
  • They gave me a forewarning to delay this article, so bonus points. But would white be less warm?
  • I still think about the coral training kit a lot


Read our guides to the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes

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