Rapha launch Pantani jersey
Special edition Super Lightweight jersey commemorates 10th anniversary of Il Pirata's death
Rapha have launched a special Marco Pantani edition of their Super Lightweight Jersey which comes complete with a bandana, the Italian rider’s signature headgear.
Pantani won both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in 1998, becoming the first Italian rider since Fausto Coppi to secure the double. The jersey commemorates the 10th anniversary of his death in 2004.
The design has been approved by the Pantani family and the little story on the label inside a rear pocket was written by Marco’s mother. One of the logos on the chest is for the pizza place that she runs.
The logo on the other side says ‘Angelo della montagna, maestro e allievo,’ which means ‘Angel of the mountains, teacher and student.’
The Pantani jersey is based on Rapha’s existing Super Lightweight Jersey (£100), coming in Giro d’Italia pink with Pantani’s nickname, Il Pirata – The Pirate – printed on each shoulder. The graffiti-style pattern on the fabric is based on the messages of support written on the roads by fans during Pantani’s racing career.
The jersey is made from very lightweight polyester that’s designed to be super-breathable, with mesh panels down the sides.
The Pantani jersey will be available from 30 April at www.rapha.cc.