Il Pirata Merino Wool Cycling Jersey

Il Pirata Merino Wool Cycling Jersey
Marco Pantani (1970-2004)

The chemical-fuelled 1990s cycling scene was never short of controversy, and while some of the biggest names became the biggest criminals and others just faded away, Marco Pantani was a glorious light extinguished far too soon.

Pantani was one of the most exciting and charismatic Italian riders of modern history and the last cyclist to win both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in the same year, 1998. A classic climber, and capable time-trialist, he felt no fear in attacking at the base of climbs like Ventoux and Galibier, winning some epic battles with the likes of Armstrong, Ullrich and Virenque. His 1997 ascent of Alpe d`Huez in 36'40" minutes remains the fastest ascent today. His earring, dapper beard (dyed yellow when wearing the maillot jaune), headscarves and swashbuckling riding style saw him nicknamed ‘Il Pirata’ (the Pirate).

Although he never tested positive, Pantani was thrown out of the Giro d'Italia in 1999 due to a high haematocrit reading, and is now largely seen as a scapegoat in a sport suddenly keen to repair its image by sacrificing a high-profile scalp.

Pantani became broken and demoralised, spending his final days alone in an Italian hotel with a cocaine habit that eventually took his life on February 14 2004. Memorials to Pantani can still be found scattered throughout Italy.

Soigneur pays tribute to Il Pirata with this Giro-pink jersey, perfect for climbing the Stelvio in.
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100% ultra-fine 19micron Merino wool.

Breathable, heat-regulating, and as soft as silk, cashmere or alpaca.

3 back pockets.

Machine washable.

YKK zip – The world’s best regarded zip. Easy to pull up or down while riding.

UV and odour resistant.

Water-repelling.

Customisable options for taller riders (just email us).

Short and long-sleeve options.

Customisable if you would like simple variations of text or colours.

Typical reviews we get by email from our happy customers…

 It is a joy to cycle in. I was out in the Californian sunshine (eighty degrees) and what is a heavier wool jersey coped BETTER than my ASSOS and RAPHA jerseys – it wicks away pesky sweat. Not only does it do the job on the bike, but there was a sense of pride in wearing the jersey 

The jerseys have just arrived and they are fabulous! The quality is superb and the fit perfect. 

Stunning quality and the fit (mine is small) is perfect. They feel perfectly comfortable and the colours, logo etc are vibrant and flawless. The pockets are good too - tight on the back.

They are beautiful. I am impressed by the quality of the work and of the material.

You've exceeded my expectations in every way and please use my e-mail to tell others to buy from you - they won't be disappointed.

Just a quick note to say we got back from the London-Edinburgh-London 1400k grand randonnee event, and we had the most spectacular reviews on the jerseys you did. Thank you so much for helping us with this!

I tried an experiment and wore the jersey the entire five days of the London-Edinburgh-London 1400k grand randonnee event, and the Soigneur jersey held up well with its "anti-stink" properties! Amazing!

My God, they are so beautiful!  Absolutely wonderful. So thanks again for the impeccable work, follow up and delivery.

By far my most favourite jersey. Out on the road 6.5 hours on Saturday racing and never felt too hot or cold. Just right. I wore this all through winter on early morning starts and was always warm. The fit is great too. Cheers for a great cycling product.

I am a designer by trade – so I folded the jersey inside out and took the chance to look at the stitch quality and quality of materials – fantastic – This is a well-made, high quality product – notice I normally wear Rapha and Assos – premium brands - this easily matches / surpasses them in quality.  Price point for this quality is spot on and I am a happy owner. I will, in due course look into purchasing another and would highly recommend any potential customer to add at least one of your jerseys to their stable of cycling wear.

The fabric of the jerseys really is absolutely amazing, the lettering really captures the period and the embroidery of the shields on the shoulders is crisp and sharp. A massive thank you - am totally delighted with your work and will highly recommend you to all my friends.

Man, I couldn't be happier with these. They're amazing. Thanks so much!

I received the jerseys this morning and they are simply beautiful. They are both a perfect fit and have obviously been well made.

Wore my recently received Tom Simpson Jersey up Mt.Ventoux.......totally awesome mate. It was 90'f on the climb, and it wicked the sweat perfectly. As I cycled past the Tommy Memorial, people cheered me in your jersey.....inspired me out of the saddle to for a final blast to the top!

Christmas has come early the jersey is amazing...way better than the photos.  Fits so well. Thanks again for making such quality clothing, it looks so stylish.

I doubt, sadly, that I could find such a nice design on a well-constructed garment, of premium fibre here in the States for even twice the money.

Received my new 'ITALIA' jersey this morning, damn that was fast! Even better than the pictures and fits perfect, almost went riding in it immediately just to show it off.

Dear David, your products are fantastic! I already have two of them and I believe that Anquetil is better!!...the blue looks wonderful!

Hey, I just put on my jersey for the first time here in Colorado. The weather got cool enough that the jersey was PERFECT. The fit is by far the most comfortable jersey I've ever worn, and the wool was the perfect fit for a Colorado autumn morning. Thank you so much!!!!!

My brother bought me the Soigneur, Le Cannibal shirt. I love it so much I wore it to bed last night.  It doesn't itch and it makes me look like Eddie in his prime.

Just to let you know that I have now received the jersey and I couldn't be more pleased!   Really impressed with how high quality it is and the authentic retro look.  I'm sure I'll be the envy of many fellow riders at my next sportive.

I just love my new jersey. It fits perfectly and will keep me warm on laps around Sauvie Island here in Portland. It's just fantastic, I couldn't be more pleased.

Anticipation fulfilled…. Received Jersey Saturday morning – paraded around house in it Saturday afternoon – rode in it on Monday morning – I LOVE it.