Awarded as a symbolic prize to the last rider in the general classification of the Giro d’Italia the Maglia Nera is something of a cult object. This jersey, all black in colour, 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 that some riders identified the media exposure that it could grant so actually ended up 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 within the race while actually finishing inside the time limit for each stage. There are great tales of battles between riders hiding in bars, barns and behind hedges and puncturing 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 on 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, completing the race on pure grit and determination.
The Maglia Nera only lasted six years between 1946 to 1951. The organisers of the race decided to discontinue the award as the honour that it had created and the publicity that it garnered was starting to discredit the actual point of racing. Still, to this day, the Maglia Nera holds a special place within the cycling aficionado due to either the comic genius of trying to lose as much time as possible or the bloody minded determination shown by debilitated riders.
This t-shirt features a hand screen print that is designed and produced here in my printworks. The print has a super soft, flexible feel and works perfectly in tandem with the 100% premium, ring spun, combed cotton material. Completed with a fine ribbed collar, taped shoulders, taped neck seam and full side seam construction this t-shirt offers superior wearer comfort and shape retention.
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Maglia Nera T-Shirt (2019)
A black t-shirt in 100% premium, ring spun, combed cotton, hand screen printed with a washed in design inspired by the iconic Maglia Nera cycling jersey from the Giro D'Italia.
Regular fitting, the super soft cotton construction is finished with a fine ribbed collar, taped neck and full side seams to ensure elevated levels of post ride comfort.