- - Rapha Goes Back to 1990 Tour de France with Retro-Inspired Collection

Rapha Goes Back to 1990 Tour de France with Retro-Inspired Collection

Rapha has gone back to 1990 edition of the Tour de France with its latest retro-inspired collection, regaling some of the iconic teams and its most memorable riders from that year’s French Grand Tour. 

“Our limited edition collection honors an era when professional cycling first looked to the future, embraced new technology, and transformed itself beyond all recognition,” says Rapha.

The collection consists of three designs, the Coureur, Sonic and Futuro, signaling a time when many felt the peloton first began to develop its penchant for panache.  


“Inspired by the audacious riding style of the young upstart Claudio Chiapucci, the Coureur Jersey features design elements honouring the effervescent Italian’s infamous attack during the opening stage of the 1990 Tour. Complete with embroidered details, luxurious merino wool, and three button-secured pockets, the jersey honors a rider whose raw emotion flew in the face of a peloton preoccupied with technological progress,” says Rapha. 

The Coureur short-sleeved jersey is made from a polyester/wool mix that includes embroidered details, knitted Merino wool sleeves, hem and collar, along with button rear pockets and a quarter zipper.

Priced at £140, there’s also a matching cap and socks for £30 and £20.


“As well as paying visits to futuristic attractions like Futuroscope, the Tour in the early 90s was defined by new technology, and an influx of new technological sponsors. The Sonic collection harks back to this era of innovation when traditional kit designs were completely overhauled with the advent of sublimation printing. Comprising a special edition jersey, bib shorts, socks and headband, the collection honors a period of racing when electric colors, and electrifying performances, were de rigueur,” explains Rapha. 

The mid-weight Sonic jersey sells for £160, which features a full zipper and retro logos. Customers can also match it up with the £195 Sonic winter bibshorts that are made of brushed fabric with reflective Sonic logos, while the £20 Sonic socks complete the look. 

Rapha also offers a limited-edition Sonic version of its Lightweight Shadow jacket for £200, which is light, pocketable and provides wind and water resistance.


“The 1990 peloton looked right at home framed by Futuroscope – a science-fiction theme park designed to showcase the best of modern technology. Hosting not only that year’s prologue, but a double-header Grand Départ featuring a 138-kilometre morning race and a 45-kilometre team time trial in the afternoon, pro cyclist Frans Maassen described it as “like something from space.” The Futuro collection takes inspiration from these futuristic surroundings with special edition design elements and a striking reflective treatment,” boasts Rapha. 

The £85 Futuro jersey is made from a mix of lightweight fabric at the front and heavier material at the back that provides both sun protection and sturdiness to keep the rear pockets in place, along with iridescent and reflective accents.

There’s also a long-sleeved version that’s priced at £95, which is available in either a monochromatic or colored design, as well as an accompanying vest for £90.

The collection is available to Rapha Cycling Club members now, while general sales begin on Friday November 13th.



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