We all know of the yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys awarded to grand tour riders, but do you know of the legendary black jersey (maglia nera) at the Giro d’Italia?
From 1946 to 1951, the Giro D’Italia awarded a symbolic prize to the last man to finish the race. The now legendary maglia nera (black jersey) was a testament to the will and determination it took simply to compete in and finish a Grand Tour. Over the years a competition developed to be awarded the Maglia Nera - so coveted was this jersey that some riders would go to great lengths to ensure they were last, including stopping at bars, long lunches, hiding and sabotaging their own bikes.
The original concept of a black jersey as the prize was inspired by a rider named Giovanni Ticcozzelli, who played professional football with team Casale through the 1920s. During his ill-fated and only attempt at competing in the Giro in 1926, Tico wore his team’s all-black football jersey instead of a cycling jersey.
'Arte di Perdere' - The Art of Losing; the design behind the 2019 edition of the Santini Maglia Nera Collection all started from this one phrase, neatly summing up the legend Giovanni Ticcozzelli linked to this very special jersey. The design incorporates two specific graphic elements, the stylized background image, adapted from a photo of the Passo del Gavia, the Cima Coppi of this year’s Giro d’Italia and the geometric text pattern repeating the word NERA.
The jersey is a close race cut made from breathable, elastic and lightweight fabric - perfect for your summer rides. With raw cut BODYFIT fabric on sleeves, a wide triple rear pocket, and an internal elastic hem silicone gripper to ensure the jersey will always stay in place.
Match this item to the rest of the Santini Maglia Nera kit or see more of the Santini Special Editions collection.
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- Special edition Giro d'Italia Maglia Nera collection
- Eye catching Maglia Nera inspired design
- Full Zip
- Three back pockets
- Wide, grippy hem to keep jersey in place
- Light, breathable and moisture wicking fabric
- Raw cut Bodyfit fabric sleeves for aero, next to skin fit
- Made in Italy
NB Santini is a small cut - we advise choosing a size up or if you like a more relaxed fit, two sizes above your usual size.