This year is the tenth anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death. A Giro and Tour winner, he raced on a knife-edge, lighting up every race he competed in. But his story ended in tragedy, dying of acute cocaine poisoning after a battle with mental illness and drug addiction. To commemorate one of the most meteoric characters in the history of the sport, Rapha have produced a special edition jersey. Inspired by his career, life and the fervent love that many racing fans still have for him, proceeds from sales of the jersey will go to the Pantani Foundation, which supports youth sports provision and the jersey’s inside story label is written by Tonina Pantani, Marco’s mother.
To understand Rapha’s commemoration of Pantani, and our association with The Pantani Foundation, please read this Q&A with Rapha CEO, Simon Mottram.
Tom Southam has written an essay for Rapha and it is fantastic, Il Pirata: The Saint And The Sinner.
High performance jersey for the heat and high mountains with a commemorative design. The jersey’s main fabric is comfortable against the skin and also fast drying. This main fabric – in Giro d’Italia pink – has a pattern inspired by the graffiti of devoted fans, still visible on the climbs which Pantani conquered.
Composition: 100% polyester
Color : Pink
Availability beginning April 30, 2014
Accompanying Pantani bandana
Specially commissioned graphics
Extremely lightweight proprietary fabric
Breathable mesh side panels
Highly breathable and fast drying
Three rear and internal zip pocket(s)