After a 26-year break, Castelli has returned to the Giro d'Italia and will provide the leaders' jerseys for the race in 2018. Castelli's return harks back to a beloved era. The first winner to wear the Castelli Giro d'Italia pink jersey was Giovanni Battaglin in 1981, and the last was winner Miguel Indurain in 1992. Bernard Hinault also won his three Giro titles in Castelli, and Francesco Moser, Andy Hampsten, Stephen Roche and Gianni Bugno all took their unforgettable race wins wearing the iconic Castelli pink jersey.
Partnering with some of the sport's most successful teams and athletes has fueled Castelli's development of exceptional cycling apparel over the years. The four leaders' jerseys to be used in this year's race feature an uncluttered design and are made from aerodynamic and lightweight fabric.
In addition to being full-on race jerseys, the stylish Giro leaders' jerseys are full of details that you only discover as you hold the jersey in your hands.
The general classification leader's pink jersey is a precious object that represents the pride of the wearer and is practically a trophy in itself, a symbol that reflects the years of sacrifice and determination that are required to earn the right to wear it, even if only for a day.
So rather than simply undertaking an exercise in fabrics, cut, function, weight and aerodynamics, Castelli started with a host of cool details, from the gold trophy-inspired metal zipper pull to the small touches of pink on all the jerseys (because it's a color that represents victory in the Giro, even if you're winning the King of the Mountains or points classification).
Castelli also added practical features like the radio pocket in the collar, as well as a gorgeous woven tone-on-tone "Giro d'Italia Prodotto Ufficiale" label inside the collar, 3D raised rubberized Giro logos on the arms and a stylized trophy logo on the back.
The fabrics are lighter and stretchier for a race fit, with closely woven fibers to usher air over the arms and shoulders, and laser-cut edges on the sleeves and hem for comfort and aerodynamics. The extremely breathable fabric lifts moisture away from the skin to evaporate and keep the wearer dry. Castelli has also included three rear pockets, held close to the body by a compressive mesh band, for storing race fuel.
The four classifications are the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) for the overall race leader, the Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen jersey) for the points classification leader, the Maglia Azzurra (blue jersey) for the King of the Mountains leader, and the Maglia Bianca (white jersey) for the best young rider.
Plus a homage to the Maglia Nera (Black Jersey) the jersey awarded to the last man to finish on GC (like the Latern Rouge). This was a hotly fought for competition in its own right in the 6 years it was awarded (1946 -1951)