Trio of jerseys celebrating the 1974 Giro

The 57th Giro d’Italia 1974 saw Eddy Merckx, riding for Molteni, win his fifth and final edition of Italy's grandest race. It wasn't easy for Merckx, however, as his no. 01 status was challenged to the last by the young Italian Gianbattista Baronchelli, riding for SCiC at no. 132. After battling to depose José Manuel Fuente of the pink leader's jersey, Merckx held Baronchelli on the last mountain stage by just 12 seconds. It remains the smallest winning margin in the history of the race. Another Italian, then World Champion Felice Gimondi, racing in the colours of Bianchi-Campagnolo as no. 11, finished third on the podium.

With the same merino-blend fabric as the Rapha Classic Jersey, the jersey is breathable and comfortable. The jerseys have several embroideries, including a specially designed '57 – podia corsa' motif on the back and individual nicknames on the front mimicking the sponsor logos of each team.


Eddy was – and in truth remains – Eddy. Huysmans was Huysmans, and Bruyere was Bruyere. Swerts was Bruyere as well, and so were Van Schil and De Schoenmaeker. They were Molteni, and Molteni packaged mechanically recovered meat on an industrial estate at Arcore. Have you ever been to Arcore?
Herbie Sykes1974 and all that…

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