For Bradley Wiggins’ last-ever Paris-Nice, Rapha have designed an official Team Sky, custom-made warm up kit. Inspired by the peloton style of the 1960s and ’70s, and decorated with the world championship stripes that he won last season, it will have a more classic look and feel than the more ordinary team tracksuits, but still using merino wool and race-cut tailoring. For the making of Wiggins’ new garb, the Rapha design team took inspiration from a photo posted by Wiggins to his Instagram account. In the picture, Freddy Maertens, Roger de Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx relax prior to a race, all wearing tapered trousers and tailored track tops.
PLEASE NOTE: This jersey is a one-of-a-kind design for Sir Bradley Wiggins. Unfortunately there will not be a commercial version available.
In homage to their unmistakable style, a lightweight merino was chosen for the top and trousers for its warmth, luxurious feel and old-school look. The trims and bulky zips were chosen to add to the traditional feel, and a chain stitch was used for attaching the woven sponsors’ badges and Mod-inspired roundel. The Sky logo is embroidered onto the chest panel, as was De Vlaeminck’s, and hidden behind the zip is a small tab with the statistics of Wiggins’ world championship winning ride in Ponferrada.