Renault / Gitane / Campagnolo / 1980 French pro team jersey


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– Acrylic with printed lettering
– Short length zip at the collar
– Three pockets at the rear
– Made in France by Le Coq Sportif

 

The unmistakable design of the Renault / Gitane / Campagnolo pro team jersey, arguably one of the most eye catching designs ever produced.
The manufacture of this is interesting as although it is made from acrylic the lettering is printed directly onto the fabric rather than flocked, this makes it a very lightweight jersey that was a precursor to the switch to polyester in the mid 1980’s.
The jersey will forever be associated with legendary French team rider Bernard Hinault. The five time Tour de France winner was known for his extraordinary determination and competitive aggression earning him the nickname ‘Le Blaireau’ (the Badger). His most famous quote being “As long as I breath I attack”.
His public image was seen as remote and arrogant, never pandering to publictiy. When an interviewer tried to suggest he devote more attention to his fans he simply replied “I race to win, not to please people”. Boss.


 

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