The green jersey worn in Paris-Nice, and the Tour de France, looks a little different for 2023. Santini debuted a new shade of green for the 81st running of the race to the sun. The colour, which is a darker, forest green, is in line with the new logo of Skoda. The car company sponsors the sprinter’s competition and the new top is part of a marketing push.
Although many on Twitter didn’t like the colour, (because hey, who likes change?) there was a slightly bigger problem. It’s almost the exact same hue as the Bora–Hansgrohe jersey. In past races, it’s common for a team that has a colour of kit that resembles a leader’s jersey to change it for the race. Think of ONCE, the Spanish team that had a yellow team kit. For the Tour, they’d go pink.
Tour de France 12 juillet 1993
CLM Lac de Madine – Lac de Madine 59 km pic.twitter.com/YdO9K7kV5B
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Mercatone Uno-Alphacom, home of the late Marco Pantani, did the same. They went from yellow to pink. (A perfect choice, given Pantani’s Tour of Italy dominance.) Saunier Duval-Prodir also changed their jerseys to a “less” yellow colour in two Tours de France.
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Depicting the battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the 2000 Tour de France pic.twitter.com/gNG6yYapH3
— Matt E (@salfordmatt) September 20, 2018
Bora–Hansgrohe’s jersey has a similar, dark, forest green colour. As you can see here.
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— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) March 3, 2023
So when Sam Bennett wore the green jersey on Monday, it created a bit of confusion. His leader’s tunic looks pretty much like his day-to-day jersey. Will they be changing it for the Tour? Knowing the UCI, you can bet someone is already discussing this in a boardroom in Switzerland.
My expression summing up today Boxed out at 500m to go and there was no coming back. Ready to give it a rip with the boys in the TTT tomorrow #ParisNice pic.twitter.com/qhkQaJjD7W
— Sam Bennett (@Sammmy_Be) March 6, 2023
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