La Vuelta de Espana plays out between October 20th and November 8th 2020. It will bring together the world’s leading cyclists who will start from Irun in the Netherlands and then race 2,882 km to the final finish line in Madrid. Once again the classification leaders will all be wearing Santini Cycling Wear-supplied jerseys, this year made from eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics.
Aside from supplying the leader jerseys, the Italian company is also creating four special kits dedicated to different stages of the 2020 edition.
The 2020 edition of La Vuelta will be very different: the great Spanish race is normally held in August but this year was postponed until autumn because of the havoc the Covid-19 crisis brought to the international cycling calendar. The cyclists, who will be competing on the roads of Spain from October 20th to November 8th, will be doing battle for the leader jerseys which are being made by Santini Cycling Wear once again for the 2020 edition. Aside from replicas of those leader jerseys, amateur riders will also have four kits inspired by different stages of the race and designed by the Santini design team headed by creative director, Fergus Niland.
Four kits celebrating the iconic stages of Vuelta a España 2020
Alongside the official jerseys, Santini is launching four full kits comprising jersey, bib shorts, socks, cap, and gloves. Each celebrates one of the most iconic stages and locations along the route of the 75th La Vuelta: KM Cero, Pamplona, Tourmalet, and Alto de l’Angliru.
The KM Cero kit celebrates the final stage of La Vuelta which finishes in Madrid. It is dedicated to the famous Kilometre Zero line in the city’s historic Puerta del Sol Square, which is the symbolic starting point for Spain’s radial main road network. All of the pieces in the kit – short-sleeved and long-sleeved jerseys, bib shorts, tights, jacket, and accessories, are navy blue with red and yellow lines in a reference to the colors of the Spanish flag.
The second stage starts from Pamplona and so Santini has dedicated a special kit inspired by the city’s legendary Feria del Toro de San Fermin or bull run festival. The color red and a motif of a bull’s head with a gear wheel as its nose ring dominate the design. The bull-run is also referenced in the red triangle – a nod to the red bandana worn by Encierro participants as they flee the bulls through the narrow streets of the city all the way to Plaza de Toros. Even the word Pamplona itself has been stylized and again references the traditional decorations worn by the bull-runners.
The Tourmalet kit is dedicated to the world-famous Col du Tourmalet mountain pass, which hosts the finish of the sixth stage. The jersey is yellow in homage to the Tour de France of which the grueling Tourmalet climb is very much apart. The words Col du Tourmalet, stylized to create a mountain motif, are emblazoned on the front of the jersey, while a logo on the back celebrates its summit, 2,115 meters, also the highest in the 2020 edition of the Spanish race.
Alto de L’Angliru
Another grueling climb in this year’s La Vuelta is the Alto de L’Angliru, the focus of the 12th stage. Santini celebrates it with a kit featuring flames and forks against a red background – a reference to the hellishness of the climb which is renowned as one of Europe’s toughest and most formidable feats of endurance.
The jerseys worn by the La Vuelta leaders and the four special kits can be purchased online from the Santini website (www.santinicycling.com), and in selected specialist cycling stores worldwide.
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About Santini Cycling Wear
Santini Cycling Wear was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini who spotted a market for technical cycling clothing as a result of his abiding passion for the sport and competition. In what would seem like a revolutionary and contrarian choice today, the Bergamo-based company made the pivotal decision to design and manufacture all of its products exclusively in Italy. Each item is designed and developed by a design team with a deep-rooted passion for the two-wheel world to meet four key requirements: fit, performance, comfort, and durability.
Santini currently produces 3,500 items of clothing per day and exports 80% of its output. It is deeply committed to ongoing investment in researching and developing innovative textiles and new production methods. However, people – athletes – remain its central focus as it continues to refine its creations to allow cyclists to pursue their sporting passions in a comfortable but inimitably stylish kit. (www.santinicycling.com)