To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, Santini has launched its new Maillot Jaune and Reux collections, which pay homage to cycling greats Louison Bobet Chris Froome, Richard Virenque, Bernard Thévenet, Eddy Merckx, Raymond Poulidor and Charly Gaul.
“The Tour de France, often set in the mountains, is a book with multiple storylines and plot twists galore where every lead character is one of a kind. As the story unfolds, the legends of today take over from the champions of yesterday while the stars of tomorrow await the next changing of the guard. The hallowed peaks on whose slopes men go from zero to hero are the nexus that connects the past, present and future of pro cycling. Generation after generation has learned to fear the majestic Giant of Provence for its steep, grinding slopes, its lunar landscape and the stifling heat that bakes its rock-strewn upper reaches. The names of the winners at the top of the Ventoux show that it takes a rare breed to tame this epic monster: Chris Froome, Richard Virenque, Bernard Thévenet, Eddy Merckx, Raymond Poulidor, Charly Gaul, Louison Bobet… It is a giant for giants,” says Santini.
“The first “Maillot Jaune” collection honors one of these giants, the Louison Bobet, which takes us back 68 years to stage 11 of the 1955 Tour de France, which took the riders from Marseille to Avignon via the Mont Ventoux. Louison Bobet, the reigning champion with two consecutive wins under his belt, pounced on the opportunity to stamp his authority on this mountain and lay the foundation for his third victory in a row. The collection pays tribute to that historic moment: the blue-white-red stripes on the shorts, gloves, socks and cap highlight that Louison Bobet was racing for the French national team; the cream-white of the jersey evokes the rocky landscape of the summit of the Bald Mountain; and the front page of L’Équipe from the day after the finish in Paris, printed on the base-layer, celebrates Bobet’s monumental feat in the 1955 Tour,” adds Santini
The second collection, Redux, brings the sleek “Maillot Jaune” design to technical cyclists and unlocks the potential of the most technical products designed by Santini. The jersey is the signature Redux jersey from Santini, revisited in a Maillot Jaune design. Made with lightweight, quick-drying and UV-resistant woven fabrics and with an aerodynamic fit designed to reduce drag. The bib-shorts are the high-tech Santini Unico, made of Italian high-performance microfiber that gives a feeling of softness and lightness on the body while providing, at the same time, light muscle compression. They fit like a second skin and are fully thermo-sealed for the highest level of comfort. The kit is completed by a wind vest and a base layer.
You can see the full collections by visiting www.santinicycling.com
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