The 74th edition of La Vuelta gets going on Saturday 24 August. Once again, the Grand Tour’s winners jersey were made by Santini Cycling Wear. This collaboration between the Spanish event and Italian apparel firm is now in its third year.
In addition to providing the four leaders’ jerseys, Santini has also produced five specialist collectors’ jerseys for some of the stages in the 2019 edition. Each jersey is part of a kit that includes bibshorts, a cap, gloves and socks.
21 stages covering a total of 3,272.2 kilometres: these are the stats for La Vuelta 2019, which will run all over Spain from 24 August to 15 September.
Designed and manufactured in Santini Cycling Wear’s Bergamo premises, the four official jerseys for the 2019 edition are made from high tech fabrics and crafted to deliver an aerodynamic fit, combining comfort, performance and breathability in one garment. Because temperatures will soar to well above 30 degrees centigrade on many of the La Vuelta stages, Santini has made several jerseys exclusively for the race in a different light and breathable micromesh fabric called Sesia that weighs just 95g/m2.
The Carrefour-sponsored Red Jersey will be worn by the overall leader while the Skoda-sponsored Green Jersey will be donned by the points leader. The Fenie Energia-sponsored White Jersey will go to the best young cyclist and, lastly, the Loterias y Apuestas del Estado-sponsored Polka Dot Jersey will be sported by King of the Mountain.
In addition to the official jerseys, Santini has also designed and produced five kits – comprising jersey, bib shorts, socks, cap and gloves, which celebrate some of the most iconic stages and locations along the route of the 74th La Vuelta… KM Cero, Costa Blanca, Los Machucos, Asturias and Toledo.
The KM Cero jersey is dedicated to Puerta del Sol, one the Spanish capital’s most famous and important squares. It has a blue background with a red and yellow central block of colour in homage to the Spanish flag.
The first five stages of La Vuelta 2019 are raced along the Costa Blanca. The colours of this region, and those of its salt lakes and sea in particular, are central to the design of the Santini kit celebrating it. The front of the jersey is adorned with 21 bars representing the 21 stages of the race. The first five are highlighted in pink with a palm on the first to symbolise the Costa Blanca’s signature tropical vegetation.
The jersey dedicated to the 13th stage that will see the cyclists tackle the daunting Alto de Los Machucos climb, is blue and green, in a nod to the countryside of Cantabria, a region on Spain’s north coast. The Alto de Los Machucos climb also presents the field at La Vuelta with a gruelling 28% gradient, a fact alluded to by the 28 on the 13th bar on the front of the jersey.
Asturias will host the 15th and 16th stages of La Vuelta 2019. The yellow and blue of the region’s flag are thus used in the Santini kit celebrating these stages. The Victory Cross, which according to legend, was carried in the Battle of Covadonga against the Moors, by Pelagius, the first King of Asturias, adorns the front of the jersey and also appears on the shorts and accessories.
Santini has also created a steel grey kit with vermillion details to celebrate Toledo, which hosts the finish line of the 19th stage. The vermillion is borrowed from the city’s historic coat of arms, while the steel grey references Toledo’s ancient tradition of sword making. The 19th bar on the front of the jersey also features a sword. The word Toledo is flanked by two wings too in homage to the great Spanish cyclist Federico Martín Bahamontes who was nicknamed the Toledo Eagle.
The La Vuelta leader jerseys and the five special kits can be purchased from the Santini Maglificio Sportivo website, the official La Vuelta store, Deporvillage, and from selected and specialist cycling stores worldwide. Exclusively for the Deporvillage online store, Santini has also created two extra jerseys dedicated to Alicante and Madrid which can be purchased from the www.deporvillage.net site.