Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys

27th Apr 2013 | 04:25

Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
The late Fiorenzo Magni's pink jersey from 1951
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
The legendary Gino Bartali in the pink jersey during the 1937 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Fausto Coppi admires Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey in 1954
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giuseppe Saronni's pink jersey from 1985
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Adolfo Loeni's widow shows his prized pink jersey
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Massimo Podenzana's pink jersey from 1988
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Each pikn jersey is pramed for posterity
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
A wall of pink jerseys
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Pink jerseys on display at the Ghisallo museum
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey from 1954
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Indurain's pink jersey from 1992
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Evgeni Berzin shows the pink skinsuit he wore during the 1994 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
ADolfo Leoni in the pink jersey during the 1949 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Fiorenzi Magni in actionwhile wearing the pink jersey
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Ercole Baldini in pink in 1958
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Jacques Anquetil in pink in 1960
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Gosta Petterson in 1971
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Franco Chioccoli wins in Aprica wearing the pink jersey at the 1991 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Miguel Indurain at the 1992 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Giovanni Visconti autographs his pink jersey
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Adolfo Leoni's pink jersey from 1949
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new maglia rosa.
Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) in Milan having secured the Giro d'Italia, the first man from Canada to do so

Images of the maglia rosa collected by the Ghisallo cycling museum

The pink jersey or maglia rosa as it known in Italian, is the race leader's jersey at the Giro d'Italia.

Since its introduction in 1931 it has become iconic, symbolizing the emotions, passion and style of Italian cycling.

This year's pink jersey has been designed by British fashion designer Paul Smith and is made from lightweight lycra by Santini. In the past the jersey was from wool or acrylic fibre with a collar and even front facing pockets.

Federico Meda and his father Sergio – the former press officer of the Giro d'Italia, have worked with the Ghisallo Cycling museum to carefully build a collection of authentic pink jerseys worn by riders in the race. Their goal is to gather at least one pink jersey from each edition of the race, from 1931 to today. They already have over 50 jerseys, with many on display at the Ghisallo cycling museum, overlooking Lake Como, north of Milan.

Giro d'Italia race organiser RCS Sport has helped the Ghisallo project, promising to donate 500 Euro for every pink jersey that is added to the collection and formally identified.

This photo gallery includes images of the riders and family members with their pink jerseys and stunning images of many of the riders in action while wearing the same pink jersey they have donated to the Ghisallo collection.

It is a fitting tribute to the maglia rosa as the days count down to the start of this year's Giro d'Italia, where yet another maglia rosa will be worn during each stage of the race.

 

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