Retro Vintage Cycling Jerseys: Five of the Best

With a little under three weeks before the Giro d'Italia gets under way in Naples,  all five of our retro style vintage cycling jerseys have a distinctly Italian flavour. These are jerseys that take their inspiration from the  golden age of cycling when the likes of Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi dominated the Italian Grand Tour. Fusing contemporary performance fabrics with unmistakable Italian style, these jerseys may not make you go any faster over the Passo di Mortirolo, but the locals will rise to their feet as one to applaud your sartorial flair! 

From the upmarket New Zealand based manufacturer, Solo, comes this unequivocally vivid tribute to the passionate cycling tradition of Italia! This classic style of the Moretti jersey is further enhanced by the cut of the sleeves and the knitted collar and arm ends. The level of detailing and quality is apparent throughout: manufactured using high-wicking Nuovotech polyester, the Moretti jersey features a silicon waist band and three rear pockets, including a small zipped pocket for the storage of valuables. It comes with a price tag to match, but quality retro style does not come cheap. 
Sizes: XS-XXl 
Price (rrp): £70
Available via various online retailers.

This is a beauty, but one exclusively for the ladies! Black, but with an unmistakeable nod to the maglia rosa of the Giro d'Italia on the sleeves and collar, the Bianchi Performance Eddi jersey also subtly incorporates the crowned eagle logo of Bianchi on the shoulders and sides. For a slightly bolder take on the same motif, Bianchi also offer a white and celeste (blue) version (pic below) and both jerseys come with matching shorts. As the name suggests, this is a kit that delivers on a performance level too and the anatomical cut, full zip, three rear pockets and a silicon hem make it an ideal jersey for hot, languid summer days. 
Sizes: XS- XL  Price (rrp): £59.99
Available online or check the Bianchi website for UK dealers.

In commemoration of Fausto Coppi, the highest point of every Giro d'Italia is called the Cima Coppi and this striking blue jersey, exclusive to Prendas Ciclismo, celebrates this fitting tribute to the Italian cycling legend that has been awarded since 1965. This year the riders in the Giro will compete to be the first to crest the Passo dello Stelvio, which at 2758 metres, is the Cima Coppi of 2013. Effortlessly cool, this jersey is manufactured by Santini of Italy and comes in a huge range of sizes to accommodate a huge spectrum of torsos. It also features a 14cm front zip and three rear pockets and Santini's 2Dry fabric. 
Price: £49.95

An exact replica of the infamous Cinzano team strip as featured in the cult cycling film Breaking Away, this is a jersey that will appeal to fans of the underhand tactics used by the Italian team to unseat the film's hero. Team Cinzano was an actual Italian based cycling team from the 1970 and the 1980's  who were racing, incidentally, during the same period that Leonard Rossiter was extolling the virtures of "the unique blend of Italian wines suffused with herbs and spices" to Joan Collins. If you have an penchant for cult classics, then this jersey is for you.
Sizes: S-XXL
Price: £50
Available from Custom Performance Kit

The Celeste colour is synonymous with Bianchi and the Popun Celeste jersey made for the Milan based bike manufacturers by the renowned Italian clothing company Nalini, tones down this eye-catching colour by fusing it with black and brown vertical panels on the front and rear. The same colour combination is repeated on the collar and sleeves making this a jersey that just oozes classic Italian retro chic. Performance, however, is not compromised in the pursuit of style. The jersey has a racing cut and the light and breathable fabric ensures that this is a jersey that is going to keep you cool both on the road or whilst sipping a chilled peroni in the shade!  
Size: S-XXL
Price (rrp): £49.99
Available from Velotastic

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Comment by Dave Nash on April 23, 2013 at 12:11

Just back from a trip to Mallorca and had a brief chat to an Italian cyclist who was wearing a men's version of the womens  Bianchi top featured in this post - red sleeves and collar rather than pink. I don't ride a Bianchi but if I did I'd buy the jersey - very cool and a nice change from all the Rapha and continental black/red/white combos on display.

Comment by Walter Cundy on April 18, 2013 at 17:32
All very nice. My fave is molteni orange Eddy Mercxx

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