Awarded as a symbolic prize to the last rider in the general classification of the Giro d'Italia, the Maglia Nera is a jersey possessing cult-like status within the world of cycling. All black in colour, this jersey, despite being worn by the worst rider in the race, actually ended up drawing a large amount of publicity, with exposure granted more often than not for the wrong reasons. The problem with the Maglia Nera was some riders identified the media exposure it could contribute, so they started competing for last place within the race. The skill of the rider gunning for the Maglia Nera was to waste as much time as possible while finishing inside each stage's time limit. There are great tales of battles between riders who would hide in bars, barns and roadside hedges and puncture their own tyres, all in attempts to lose more time than each other.
Conversely, there was the heroic performance in 1948 of the Tuscan rider Aldo Bini. Shattering the bones in his hand during an early stage, he stubbornly refused to quit the race even though the pain was so great that at times he had to dismount his bike and push it. He completed the full Giro on pure grit and determination, earning himself well-earned legendary status.
The Maglia Nera only lasted for six years, between 1946 to 1951. After that, the race organisers decided to discontinue the award as the honour it had created was starting to discredit the actual point of racing. Nevertheless, to this day, the Maglia Nera holds a special place within the heart of the cycling aficionado due to either the comic genius of riders trying to lose as much time as possible or the bloody-minded determination displayed by debilitated riders.
Maglia Nera Original Organic T-Shirt
A black t-shirt in 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton, hand screen printed with a design inspired by the Maglia Nera jersey of the Giro d'Italia.
Regular fitting, the super soft cotton construction is finished with a 1x1 ribbed collar with twin needle topstitch, herringbone back neck tape, wide double topstitch hems and full side seams to ensure elevated levels of post ride comfort.