The partnership between the Boels-Dolmans women’s team and Santini Cycling Wear is to continue for its fourth year: the race kit for the 2020 season will once again be designed by the Italian company. The members of the Dutch team will also be receiving a full range of cycling wear to cover all the seasons and climate conditions they might encounter. A complete wardrobe courtesy of Santini to flank the women as they tackle the challenges of the coming year.
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The partnership between Santini Cycling Wear and the Boels-Dolmans is to continue for a fourth year. It will see the Italian company supply both race kits and a complete range of apparel to allow the athletes to train and compete in a wide variety of climate conditions: everything from very hot to very cold weather with rain and humidity in between! The Dutch team’s wardrobe of cycling wear is designed for all weathers and for the female body to deliver a seamless combination of comfort, performance, aerodynamic efficiency and, of course, style.
New race kit
The new race kit the Boels-Dolmans Team members will be wearing throughout the 2020 season comprises a jersey and bib-shorts with a marble effect design inspired by the team’s own bicycles. This abstract motif is a mix of the team’s two main colours – black and orange – and is used on the centre of the jersey and the leg ends of the bib-shorts.
Santini chose ultralight, highly breathable Rudy fabric for the jersey, specifically the front, collar, sides and back pockets. The back and sleeves, however, are made from Bodyfit, which, as its name suggests, guarantees an effortless body-hugging fit. Raw-cut sleeves add an extra layer of comfort to the jersey while an invisible zip enriches and completes the design as does a high collar.
The bibshorts are made from Thunderbike Power which exerts a gentle compression on tired muscles with personalisable New Monica fabric for the side sections. Stitching has been kept to an absolute minimum and the raw-cut leg ends incorporate a silicone inner gripper. The chamois is the top-of-the-range C3 Woman which guarantees absolute comfort, lightness and shock absorption. It is also designed specifically for the contours of the female body.
Aside from the main kit, the team will also be receiving a full range of other apparel that will keep them comfortable and protected right throughout the seasons.
Santini Vega Range
In autumn and winter, they will be wearing the Santini Vega range made with Polartec fabrics. This includes the Vega Multi jacket with Polartec Power Shield® Pro, a waterproof fabric (5,000 mm columns of water) that is also light and breathable. It also has a light thermal fleece lining for use in colder conditions.
«I wear the Vega Multi jacket a lot, especially in the Netherlands. The jacket keeps me dry and warm, and it’s perfect for winter and autumn. I particularly like the deep pockets because you carry lots of stuff during a ride in the coldest days. – Chantal Blaak commented – The jacket is slightly longer at the back which keeps you just that little bit warmer, and the large pull tab of the zipper is also ideal when wearing gloves. I am a great fan of the Vega Multi jacket which enables me to give it all during training and races».
To keep the rain out on changeable autumn and spring days, the athletes will be donning the Guard Mercurio jacket which is completely waterproof with a triple membrane protecting against both rain and wind. It also has welded seams and water-resistant zips.
The Vega range and the Guard Mercurio jacket are all in orange, which is not only the Dutch national and team colour, but coordinates brilliantly with the race kit and ensures that wearers are highly visible to other road users. All of the above garments are part of the Santini Premium Custom Clothing collection and so are also available for amateur teams.
Replicas of the Boels-Dolmans kit and the rest of the collection the women will be wearing this season are available from the team store, online from the Santini website (www.santinicycling.com) and select cycling retailers worldwide.
Santini Maglificio Sportivo was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini who spotted a market for technical cycling clothing as a result of his abiding passion for the sport and competition. In what would seem like a revolutionary and contrarian choice today, the Bergamo-based company made the pivotal decision to design and manufacture all of its products exclusively in Italy. Each item is designed and developed by a designer team with deep-rooted passion for the two-wheel world to meet four key requirements: fit, performance, comfort and durability.
Santini currently produces 3,000 items of clothing per day and exports 80% of its output. It is deeply committed to ongoing investment in researching and developing innovative textiles and new production methods. However, people – athletes – remain its central focus as it continues to refine its creations to allow cyclists pursue their sporting passions in comfortable but inimitably stylish kit (www.santinicycling.com)
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Boels Rental and the Dolmans Landscaping Group combined their effort in 2012 in support of a UCI women’s team and the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team was born. In the last five years the team has established itself among the best on the global cycling stage. The Dutch squad won in 2019 the Women’s World Tour team ranking and for the fifth consecutive time the UCI world ranking.
With the Olympic and world champion Anna van der Breggen, the former world champions Amalie Dideriksen and Chantal Blaak, European Champion Amie Pieters and with three national champions Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada), Christine Majerus (Luxembourg) and Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) the team won a total of 17 races last year including: Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Fleche Wallonne, Tour of California, GP de Plouay and Boels Ladies tour. The 2020 season will be the last year for the title sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping. Through the sponsorship of the women’s team, both Limburg-based family businesses have more than achieved their goals in terms of brand awareness and visibility. Despite both title sponsors stopping, the team is looking optimistically to the future. Women’s cycling is currently experiencing a boom, just like women’s football, and it is receiving more and more attention. As team, we are certain that ‘the best is yet to come’. We are feeling confident as we now start our search for new title sponsors for the team. Our target is to not only retain our status as the number one women’s cycling team in the world, but also to help further develop the sport of women’s cycling.