LottoNL-Jumbo has yet to make a major impression in the WorldTour with its results — it’s only got one win to its credit so far in 2015 — but the Dutch team’s distinctive yellow kits have been a noticeable part of the pro peloton. For the Tour de France, however, the team will roll out a new, less-yellow kit, out of respect for the race’s yellow leader’s jersey, LottoNL announced on Friday.
The new kit will still feature yellow quite prominently, but the shoulders and and chest will be mostly white.
The jersey has a few special details, added for the Tour, including riders’ names and nationalities on the shoulders, and a collar with the colors of the Dutch flag, “to illustrate the ‘Dutch pride’ of the team from the Netherlands,” read a team press release.
Earlier in the season, there were rumors of disagreement over the team’s mostly yellow kit, due to the preponderance of yellow leader’s jerseys in many stage races.
“We’ve had contact with the Tour de France and UCI from the start of the season onwards to develop a modified design,” said managing director Richard Plugge. “We’ve made the upper half of the jersey white out of respect for the yellow of the leader’s jersey. Last week, general director of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, let us know he appreciates our efforts to ride with a new jersey and helmet in July. In the end, the benefits of this decision are twofold, we respect the Tour de France, and it gives us the opportunity to provide each rider with their name and unique numbers. Which is beneficial for the team’s visibility in the peloton.”
The Tour also requires the best squad in the team classification to wear yellow helmets, which means LottoNL-Jumbo will forgo its signature yellow Bell lids for another color in July, that is, of course, unless it takes the lead in that classification.