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‘The day the big men cried’

So the snow-struck 14th stage of the 1988 Giro came to be known. While his rivals floundered in the storm, seized by the cold, Hampsten forged ahead. Ploughing onwards in the freshly fallen snow, he raced down the long, cold descent into Bormio where he pulled on the pink jersey of race leader.

An important part of Hampsten’s armoury that day were his neoprene gloves which afforded him enough dexterity and warmth to change gears on the ascent of the Gavia and, more importantly, brake on the descent. This limited edition pair of Rapha’s Pro Team Neoprene Gloves commemorates his brave solo ride with a subtle logo on the finger and red decals at the wrist.

The neoprene construction traps a layer of water close to the skin while blocking out the cold and wind to keep your hands warm in the foulest of conditions. A merino lining prevents the uncomfortable clammy feeling normally associated with neoprene gloves. The palms of the gloves are cut from 2mm-thick neoprene, allowing for better control of the bars and shifters, with a 3mm-thick back panel for extra protection against the wind and cold weather. To prevent water ingress, the seams are constructed with a ‘blind stitch’ that doesn’t fully penetrate the material, and are then filled with insoluble glue.

Due to their low-profile compared to other foul-weather gloves, the Pro Team Neoprene Gloves can easily be stored in a jersey pocket, making them a great just-in-case option on changeable days.

Details and Materials

  • Anti-bacterial merino lining
  • Celebratory Gavia ‘88 decals
  • 2mm palm for dexterity
  • 3mm back panel for protection
  • Printed silicone grip
  • Robust stitched and glued seams
  • Stowable in jersey pocket
  • 90% neoprene
  • 10% nylon
  • 95% merino wool
  • 5% elastane


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Care instructions

  • Machine wash cool
  • Wash with like colours
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
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