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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

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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