Every Grand Tour has it’s own leaders jerseys; whether that be the overall, mountain, points or youngest rider. Each is the focus of many hard fought battles and can help a rider come season’s end contract negotiations. Being able to win the right to design and manufacture a Grand Tour’s jerseys is no small thing for a clothing company. And this year that most Italian of clothing companies, Castelli, will be producing the Giro’s jerseys.
Santini has been the creator of recent Giro d’Italia leaders jerseys. For 2018, however, Castelli will be producing the iconic, and coveted, jerseys for the first time since 1992. The Italian company has picked up the contract to produce the four leaders jerseys which include the pink jersey (maglia rosa), the blue (maglia azzurra), cyclamen (maglia ciclamino), and white jerseys (maglia bianca) for the overall, mountains, points and young rider classifications between 2018 and 2021.
Castelli has not only brought their technological know how to the fabric but have also incorporated unique design details such as raised decals on the arm band and a zipper pull in the shape of the trophy. There’s a radio pocket hidden away in the collar and laser cut edges on the waist and sleeve. Three rear pockets in the rear have a mesh band, presumably to keep the contents in place.
You can see the jerseys in action during this year’s 101st edition of the Giro. This year it is scheduled to depart from Jerusalem on May 4 and will conclude in the Italian capital of Rome on May 25.