Castelli has unveiled redesigned jerseys for the newly renamed Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team ahead of this year's Tour de France Grand Depart
On the back of news that the Cannondale Pro Cycling has become Cannondal-Drapac Pro Cycling Team just before the start of the Tour de France, Castelli has revealed the team's new kit, which includes the Drapac name and its signature red hue so that riders can show off their new co-title sponsor at this year's race, which begins tomorrow in Mont-Saint-Michel.
The new sponsorship represents a five-year deal between Drapac Capital Partners and Slipstream, but the relationship goes deeper than the usual injection of funds, with Drapac's philosophy of preparing riders for life after cycling being something the team will take on and enact at the WorldTour level.
"Michael Drapac and I have been friends for some time," says Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters. "I have always been impressed with his entrepreneurial vision and understanding of markets. However, what piqued my interest in partnering with Michael is his passion for helping athletes find their way through life in a healthier way, although it's seldom acknowledged, most professional cyclists have given up everything in order to pursue excellence in their sport. While commendable, this leaves them very vulnerable to an ever more complex world."
The new kit maintains the eye-catching bright green design and traditional argyle pattern, but adds the Drapac logo on the chest and red bands on the arms as well as new collar detailing.
"We consider the Tour de France a very special event," said Steve Smith, Castelli Brand Manager. "This team is rider-centric, and Castelli has done its part to make sure the riders have the most comfortable and technically advanced clothing for this big event. Racing in hot weather is physically demanding, that's a given, and despite the fact that Castelli makes some of the lightest and coolest fabrics in existence, wearing a new kit can make a difference, both psychologically and physically."
The new kit is on its way to the UK from Castelli right now and stock should be available in around two weeks. Stay tuned for more info.