Santini Cycling Wear and Unipublic have presented the Official La Vuelta 21 jerseys. The presentation was held yesterday at the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela, in Madrid.
They have also been presented five special kits designed by Santini to highlight some of the most emblematic stages of the 76th edition of the Spanish round.
In addition, the two jerseys that will highlight the leading riders in the official classifications of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta women's race, also had their debut today, along with the jerseys of their male counterparts.
“Sponsoring a race as prestigious as La Vuelta for five years now is something we are particularly proud of,” explained Paola Santini, Marketing Director of Santini Cycling Wear. "It reaffirms our unwavering commitment to professional cycling and the apparel of its great champions."
The official La Vuelta 21 jerseys will be produced at Santini's factory in Bergamo (Italy), using recycled fabrics: Ecofabric RECY by Corno, an ecological fabric made with recycled yarn made from reused materials and Sitip's Native - Ecoknit, composed by recycled fibers and yarn without polluting chemicals. The goal is to reduce the consumption of natural resources and dependence on non-renewable energy.
The official jerseys are: La Roja, sponsored by Carrefour, which designates the leader of the general classification; the green jersey, which designates the leader of the Škoda-sponsored points classification; the best youngster's white jersey, sponsored by Fenie Enegía and the polka dot jersey worn by the King of the Mountain, sponsored by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado.
The riders of the 7th edition of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta will also fight to wear one of the two official Santini jerseys presented today at the La Zarzuela Racecourse.
The general director of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén, celebrated "a five-year period of beneficial collaboration for all." "The jerseys are the hallmark of a cycling race in stages and for us it is a satisfaction that Santini has spent five years wearing the most efficient and stylish garments of the international peloton," he added.
The leading jerseys in a video:
In addition to the official jerseys, Santini has prepared, for yet another year, a series of commemorative kits inspired by some of the most emblematic stages of La Vuelta 21.
The five kits include a jersey, shorts, socks, hat and gloves as well as a matching cotton T-shirt.
The Burgos commemorative kit pays tribute to the first stage of La Vuelta 21, an individual time trial in the capital of Burgos.
The design of the jersey is inspired by the rose window that adorns the façade of the majestic Cathedral of Santa María, built in the 01th century and which this year celebrates its XNUMXth Centenary. The colors chosen for this design are red and white, in reference to those of the flag of Castilla y León. In addition, the number XNUMX appears reminding that it is the inaugural stage of the test.
Stage 7 of La Vuelta 21 will start in Gandía and end at the unprecedented summit of the Balcón de Alicante.
The route will take the peloton through the most beautiful natural and wooded areas of the provinces of Valencia and Alicante and, therefore, the color chosen for this second kit is green. The back and sleeves of the jersey bear the inscription Estima la Natura ("Love Nature"), the motto that reads the monument located on the esplanade of the viewpoint that awaits at the top.
The antennas located on the Extremaduran peak of Pico Villuercas have served as inspiration for the third commemorative kit. The antenna array is part of an old military complex and its shape will be reflected on the back and sleeves of the jersey. The colors are inspired by the shades of the Extremadura flag.
The fourth commemorative kit pays tribute to one of the most anticipated stages of the 2021 edition: the 18th, which ends at the top of Altu d'El Gamoniteiru.
A strenuous and unprecedented Asturian port of 15 km at 9,69% on average and double-digit ramps that reach 17%, for a drop of 1.465 m. The summit is at an altitude of 1.791 m, this being the figure that has served as inspiration for the design of the Santini jersey dedicated to this stage.
The predominant color is a combination of blues in reference to the sky that cyclists hope to touch upon reaching the top, with red and white details in reference to the antennas that also adorn the end of the stage.
The back of the sweater includes the detail of a crown made with the curves of the fearsome climb. The number 18 also appears as a reference to the stage number that the jersey symbolizes.
In honor of the final day of La Vuelta 21, which ends in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, Santini has created a final kit, with blue and yellow tones, and the pilgrim's shell, which symbolizes the Camino de Santiago and that will appear at the back and on the sleeves of the jersey. A nod to the Xacobeo year, which is celebrated this year in Galicia and throughout Spain.
To complete the kits, Santini also presents a line of essential accessories for cyclists: a windbreaker, a vest and a multicolored cap with a fun print.
Both the leaderboards' jerseys and the special and commemorative collections of the stages can be purchased through the Santini website (santinicycling.com) as well as in the official store of La Vuelta