Boels-Dolmans have unveiled their 2017 kit in all of its fiery orange glory. The gear has been created by UCI clothing designer Santini who say they’ll use the relationship to develop their women’s range.
The women will wear items from the Santini women’s custom line, and the brand will also create some garments exclusively for the Dutch squad, including a time trial speedsuit.
The team finished the 2016 season ranked number one, and the year saw their rider Megan Guarnier claim the first ever UCI Women’s World tour win. Lizzie Deignan spent her year in the rainbow jersey with the team and 2016 World Champion Amalie Dideriksen will now take over in the stripes.
Boels’ star studded line up meant that several unique designs had to be created for riders like World Champion Dideriksen, US National Road Race Champion Guarnier, Track Scratch Race World Champion Katarzyna Pawlowska and National Time Trial and Cyclocross Champion Christine Majerus.
Boels Rental marketing manager Yvo Hoppers commented: “Santini’s products and service are rooted in their passion for the sport. We’re very pleased to work with them for the next two seasons”.
Santini’s marketing manager Paola Santini commented: “[sponsoring the team] will help us to develop and test our women’s products. We believe very strongly in and are committed to the development of women’s cycling”.
The Italian brand create 3,000 items of clothing a day, and export 80 per cent of that. The women’s jersey is aerodynamically cut and made from the same fabrics as the Giro d’Italia’s Maglia Rosa. The front, collar, sides and back pockets are all in Rudy, a light, breathable fabric, while the back and sleeves are made from Bodyfit which provides a close to skin feel.
The bib shorts feature primarily ‘Thunderbike Lycra’, an abrasion-resistant fabric designed to provide some compression whilst ‘New Monica lycra’ is used at the sides as it can be printed upon. The mesh braces cross at the front of the chest and the leg cuffs use a raw-cut gripper to ensure they stay in place whilst remaining comfortable. The C3 Woman Chamois uses ‘Carving Technology’ – a term that sounds a bit off-putting for a chamois pad. However, we’re told this involves sculpting two overlapping foams to reduce volume and build up layers of fabric without the need for stitching or gluing.