“It would have been my masterpiece,” said Franco Bitossi of his near miss at the 1972 World Championships in Gap, France. Narrowly beaten to the line by fellow Italian Marino Basso, he later claimed that one mistimed gear change on an incline cost him victory. Did he regret the decisions he made during the last kilometres of that race? Not at all. In fact, he’s been heard to call it his Gioconda – literally, his Mona Lisa. His unpredictable style of riding earned Bitossi the nickname ‘Wild Horse’. Bitossi turned pro aged just 21, and went on to win the Italian National Championships twice, in 1970 and 1976. He galloped to the mountains classifications in the 1964 and 1966 Giro d’Italia, the points classification in 1969 and, perhaps most famously, in 1968 became the first Italian rider to win the points jersey at the Tour de France. Bitossi is celebrated in the decoration of the limited edition cap for the Rapha Mobile Clubhouse Europe.