Santini Cycling Wear has unveiled the four official jerseys that will be donned by the leaders of the Deutschland Tour classifications. The partnership between Santini and German multi-stage race will span not just the supply of the aforementioned official jerseys but also the creation of a special kit dedicated to the event and the supply of jerseys for the amateur cyclists competing in the Jedermann Tour.
The 132 pro riders who will take part in the Deutschland Tour from August 23-26, will fight for four leader jerseys on their way from Koblenz to Stuttgart. In addition to the leader in the overall rankings, sprint and mountain rankings will be carried out on the four stages as well as the best young rider sought.
The Deutschland Tour leader jersey is a very special surprise as it doubles as a kind of Hall of Fame for the Tour’s fans, as it carries the names of the thousands of fans who have helped to plan and put on the Deutschland Tour. The top rider has the honor of representing the fans and the unique co-operative concept of “Deutschland Tour. Deine Tour.”
The four official jerseys were developed and produced by Santini Cycling Wear.
“All the garments are made in our Italian factory in Lallio,” declares Santini Cycling Wear CEO, Monica Santini. “They are made from Bodyfit, a fabric that feels like a second skin and is used for the sleeves and back, and also Rudy, an ultralight fabric that offers the wearer exceptional breathability. These are high performance, aerodynamic garments designed to meet the needs of the champions that will be wearing them.”
In addition to the pro riders, the Italian firm is also providing free jerseys to the 3,500 participants in the Jedermann Tour on August 26 in Stuttgart and the Stuttgart region. Santini has also developed a special collection including jersey, bibshorts and accessories in the Deutschland Tour design, which are now available for purchase from leading cycling stores and on santinisms.it.
The red jersey with the names of the fans (overall leader jersey)
In bright red, one of the colors of the Deutschland Tour, the overall leader jersey will stand out in the peloton. For the first time in a professional race, thousands of fan’s names will be on the leader’s jersey. These fans have helped develop the Deutschland Tour with their ideas, suggestions and tips. The corresponding hashtag #DeineTour on the sleeves, the logo of the Deutschland Tour on the shoulders and Santini logo on the chest complete the “fan” jersey.
Claude Rach, director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, the German subsidiary of race organizer A.S.O: “The Deutschland Tour is a cycling festival for the German fans. Our unique co-operative concept is a complete success. With the leader’s jersey we reward the fans for their engagement: the best rider of the Deutschland Tour will present the fans on the leader’s jersey – like in a Hall of Fame.”
Škoda presents the green jersey (sprint jersey)
Every day at the Deutschland Tour there are two intermediate sprints and at the stage finish more valuable points for the green jersey are awarded. Sprinter or a Classics-oriented stage chaser – the list of possible winner of the green jersey is a long one. As in the big stage races, from the Tour de France to the Vuelta a Espana, the green jersey in the Deutschland Tour will be presented by Škoda. As mobility partner, Škoda also provides the accompanying cars for the race and moves the whole Tour retinue seamlessly between Koblenz and Stuttgart.
Dauner presents the white jersey (best young rider jersey)
Riders born after January 1, 1993, will fight to be named the best young rider. The best placed rider in the general classification in this age group will be awarded the white jersey. The ranking for the best young pro is presented by Dauner in an innovative refreshing design. The water producer is at home in Daun and gets its water from the natural mineral springs of the Vulkan Eifel. The highly-mineralized water is ideal for athletes and active persons.
The polka dot jersey for the best climber (mountain jersey)
The challenging nature of the Deutschland Tour is underscored by the 13 ranked climbs. Climbing specialists and break groups will deliver a duel for the points for the Santini polka dot jersey. The ascent in Naurath in the second stage runs up to 464 metres — the highest point of the Deutschland Tour. With an average gradient of 8.8% the climb in Saarhölzbach on the third stage has the highest gradient. The best-known however, is the final climb in the race, the Stuttgarter Herdweg, which proved decisive in the 2007 World Championships.