The Tour de Suisse leaders will be wearing Santini once again this year. The Italian apparel company, which also partnered the Swiss race last year, has created all four leader jerseys for the 2019 edition, which takes place between June 15-23, 2019.
Aside from the official jerseys, Santini has also produced two special amateur kits and the jersey that all the competitors in the Granfondo Langnau im Emmental will receive in their race pack.
Four official jerseys
The four Santini-designed jerseys will be awarded to the top riders in the race classifications. The Vaudoise-sponsored yellow jersey will be donned by the overall leader; the black Search.ch jersey to the points leader; the EBM jersey for the best Swiss rider; and the jersey to the best grimpeur which will be revealed at a later date.
“We are proud to renew our close relationship with the Tour de Suisse,” said Santini Cycling Wear CEO Monica Santini, “and to take the Italian quality and the technical performance of our jerseys to this prestigious competition.”
Aside from aerodynamic efficiency, high-performance technical fabrics are incorporated into the four jerseys worn by the various classification leaders for the nine stages of the race. Their backs and sleeves are made from Bodyfit, a second skin-effect fabric, while ultralight Rudy fabric is used for the remainder as it offers breathability.
The Tour de Suisse is an annual cycling stage race in Switzerland. Raced over nine days, the event covers two weekends in the latter half of June. Created in 1933, the event has been part of the UCI World Tour, cycling’s highest level of professional races, since 2011. The Tour de Suisse is Switzerland‘s most popular sports event with over 700,000 following the race alongside the road, and a worldwide TV audience of around 2.5 million.
In addition to the official jerseys, Santini has also created two 2019 Tour de Suisse kits comprising jersey, bib shorts, socks, cap and gloves. The Svizzera collection was created to pay homage to the race as a whole. The Santini designers were inspired by elements from the work of one of the leading exponents of the Swiss or International Style of graphic design, Josef Müller-Brockmann.
It features a design that mixes grid-like geometric forms with text to ‘create clean simple messages and is used on all the pieces in the collection’. Red, the colour of the Swiss flag, is the main colour and the jersey also has a large white cross on the right-hand sleeve. The Santini + Helvetia logo on the back of the jersey references Helvetica, the female personification of Switzerland.
The Tremola kit, on the other hand, celebrates the most atmospheric stage of the 2019 Tour de Suisse which takes competitors across the finish-line on the Tremola San Gottardo climb. Located in the most iconic mountain passes in all of Switzerland, the ancient Tremola road features no less than 24 hairpins and sections that still retain its original granite paving flanked by dry stone walls which are as ancient as the road itself.
The Tremola San Gottardo winds its way from Airolo to the St Gotthard Pass and inspired the design of this commemorative jersey. A bird’s eye view of the road features on the back pocket area of the jersey and also pops up again on the accessories and the bib short braces.
Equally, the sinuous nature of the climb influenced the font used for the Tremola script at the base of the neck. The Santini + Helvetia logo also features on the back of the jersey.
Santini will also be designing and making the jerseys for the Granfondo Langnau im Emmental. This takes place on 15-16 June 2019 on the same route as the first and second stage of the Tour de Suisse.
The Tour de Suisse leader jerseys and the two celebratory kits will be available for purchase online from the Santini website as well as in select specialist cycling stores worldwide from April.