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De Marchi Authentic Italia Team Short Sleeve Men's Jersey

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The Italian National Team has always worn Blue, hence the moniker Squadra Azzura. They've won the World Championships Road Race 19 times, second only to the Belgians at 25. During the early '70s, the Squadra was complete with the likes of Felice Gimondi, Marino Basso, and Franco Bitossi. Between these three, they occupied podium positions five times from 1970-1973. In those few years the Italians won twice. This De Marchi Italia Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey celebrates the strength and depth of their team in that era.

The difference between their wool jerseysDe Marchi Italia Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey Detail and this one is that it lacks the legendary itchiness of old. For this modern jersey, De Marchi uses Superfine Merino Wool. It's a taslanized 50% Merino Wool, 50% acrylic knit blend. It has a fine hand like a spun yarn, though it's more consistent and won't pill like a spun yarn. Its luxurious softness will make you know that it's intended to be worn directly against the skin.

De Marchi cuts the Italia Wool Jersey just like they did nearly forty years ago. They've always been known for their technical jerseys, and this one is no different. It's made to ridden in. To that end, it's a bit looser than modern synthetic jerseys, but it's cut to follow 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 and exacting 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. It has an 18cm metal zipper from YKK, the best in the business. In the back you'll find the three traditional patch pockets, and rather than being open at the top they have pearly buttons if you feel the need to secure your stowed articles.

The Italia Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey is Blue and has an embroidered Italia patch on the center of the chest. It comes in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. It is handmade in Italy. 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.

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How heavy weight is the fabric. Is it too...

How heavy weight is the fabric. Is it too heavy for summer riding?