Commemorative Marco Pantani jersey with bandana

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the sport's most infamous champions, the Pantani edition of the Super Lightweight Jersey also celebrates the Italian's iconic status. Designed for hot conditions and mountain climbing, the jersey’s main fabric is comfortable against the skin and also fast drying. This main fabric – in maglia rosa pink – has a pattern inspired by the graffiti of devoted fans, still visible on the climbs which Pantani conquered. Other graphic elements include 'il Pirata' (the Pirate) on the shoulders and other emblems and embroideries relating to Pantani's career.

The jersey has been given an updated pocket construction for strength and comes with an accompanying cotton bandana, inspired by the headscarves worn by the man himself. Rapha and Pantani logos are printed at one corner.

A percentage of the proceeds from every Pantani Jersey will go to the Pantani Foundation, a charity established by Marco’s mother, Tonina Pantani, to help disadvantaged children. If you would like to find out more about the foundation’s work, or make a donation of your own, please visit: http://www.pantani.it/scheda.php?id=49

To understand Rapha’s commemoration of Pantani, and our association with The Pantani Foundation, read this Q&A with Rapha CEO, Simon Mottram.

Marco Pantani: 1970 – 2004

Marco Pantani was the first Italian since Fausto Coppi to win the Giro/ Tour double and, like Coppi, he took a very public (and even more tragic) fall from grace. His dramatic attacks in the mountains left both spectator and competitor breathless. But like a tragic rockstar, his greatest highs were matched with awful lows. Excommunicated by the sport and the nation that adored him after failing a drugs test, Pantani’s loneliness turned fatal, dying of acute cocaine poisoning in a hotel room on Valentine's Day 2004. Inspired, swashbuckling, subversive, magic – his racing style was unparalleled.

“Promethean accelerations whenever the road turned skywards, prone to dart, fish-like, out of the pack and disappear into the blue. Marco’s only method was to quicken into the altitude until, looking down from a great height, his rivals seemed a distant distraction, lost somewhere far below.” – Matt Rendell, The Death of Marco Pantani

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