A lot has been made about the trend of teams to adopt blue and black colours for this year. It’s almost symbolic of the sport’s bruised and battered status. But there are practical considerations, fans watching on TV can struggle to struggle to identify riders and teams. Indeed Peter Stetina joked about Team Sky and Garmin-Cervélo sharing bags at the feedzone, implying it was hard to spot which soigneur to collect the food bag from.
But black, white and yellow is another popular combo. Watching video from the Tour of Oman, I was finding it hard to distinguish between Geox, Topsport Vlaanderen and Farnese Vini. In the image below, there’s a Geox rider on the wheel of a Farnese Vini rider. There are visual clues, the helmets for example but the black shorts and the fluo yellow shoulders are surprisingly similar.
In the image below we have a Topsport Vlaanderen rider leading a Geox rider. Note the black shorts and a white jersey with a black panel.
Sorry for the quality of the screen grabs but this almost makes my point. If these shots on the riders are a bit fuzzy, imagine trying to pick out the riders from a helicopter shot on a dark day?