If you're unfamiliar with Felice Gimondi let us introduce you. Though, forgive us for our broad, showboating statement, but Gimondi was a rider who could win any race and at any time of the year. Just look at his competition timeline: he won La Primavera in March, Roubaix in April, the Giro (3 times) in May, the Suisse in June, the Tour in July, the Grand Prix de Nations and the Vuelta in September, and Lombardy in October among many, many others including six days and the World Championships in 1973. The significance of his palmarès is all the more noteworthy considering that his professional career started and stopped alongside that of the Belgian great, Eddy Merckx. So, if you haven't guessed it already, this De Marchi Salvarani 1972 Official Replica Merino Wool Short Sleeve Jersey pays homage to a complete champion.
The Salvarani is an authorized, authentic replica of the wool racing jerseys that Gimondi and his Salvarani teammates wore at the time. The difference is only that this modern version lacks the severe itch of its former comrades thanks in part to its soft, merino wool fabric. It has a fine hand like a spun yarn, though it's more consistent and won't pill like a spun yarn. And perhaps one of our favorite details is the Cornely embroidery on the chest and sleeves. Named after the English machine that was used, this is a style of embroidery that's characterized by stacked loops of thread. As a result, the logos have a three dimensional appearance that's set apart from modern embroidery.
De Marchi cuts the Salvarani jersey just like they did nearly forty years ago. Though, De Marchi has always been known for their technical jerseys, and this one is no different. It's made to be ridden in. That being said,it does tout a slightly more loose fit than modern synthetic jerseys, but it's cut to follow the contours of the body. The collar and sleeve cuffs are a doubled over rib-knit. De Marchi calls it a 'French' collar after Louison Bobet. He was, of course, French, and known to be stylish with his gear and clothing. He is said to have been the first to request a move to this style of collar from the traditional winged collar and buttons that were used at the time. The hem at the bottom is simply a doubled layer of the knit, with an imperceptible seam. In the front you'll find a neat detail that comes from the era—a De Marchi logo that is visible only when you roll the bottom hem up (a mid-ride adjustment that was often performed by the riders as their jerseys, like this one, were cut straight at the bottom). Please Note: we highly recommend that you wash by hand in cold water with a mild detergent and blot, then air dry flat. This will ensure that your jersey will last for many seasons and that it will remain the proper size.