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New Sky kit: What do those little lines mean?

Team Sky revealed its new 2017 kit in London. But weren't you wondering why it has those little lines in the design?

Team Sky has parted ways with its fellow British company Rapha for 2017, and as such revealed its new Castelli kit Thursday in London. We could talk about the technical fabrics or the tailored fit, but really, what’s up with those lines on the front of the jersey?

According to Sky and Castelli, the lines are a data visualization, representing the team’s lengthy resume of victories. Short dashes represent one-day races, and then the lines get longer, depending on the length of the stage race win. The four long lines are Tour de France victories — three for Chris Froome and one for Bradley Wiggins, even though he isn’t on the team any longer. Blue lines are for WorldTour races.

Sky says the design accounts for wins by 2017 team members, over the course of the team’s seven years on the circuit.

Chris Froome looks like he's trying to figure out which line is his 2016 Tour win and which from last year. Photo: Team Sky
Chris Froome looks like he’s trying to figure out which line is his 2016 Tour win and which from last year. Photo: Team Sky

Coincidentally (or maybe not) Rapha did a line of data print apparel in 2015 with lines to represent Team Sky riders’ performance data from stages of the Tour de France.

Photo: Team Sky
Photo: Team Sky