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 Santini Maglia Nera bib shorts have the innovative and popular Santini GITevo chamois which is breathable, flexible, anti bacterial and with a Twist Gel core which will always return to the original shape even after long hours on the saddle. With wide raw cut leg grips to ensure a smooth line, and that the shorts will 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 Maglia Nera collection
- Eye catching Maglia Nera inspired design
- Maglia Nera coloured mesh bib straps
- Wide, grippy raw cut leg grips for comfort and perfect positioning of shorts
- Light, breathable and moisture wicking fabric
- 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.