Giro d`Italia 2004 Maglia Rosa/Overall Leaders Jersey by Santini

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Front of the Giro d`Italia 2004 Maglia Rosa/Overall Leaders Jersey by Santini

During the mid 2000`s, RCS and Santini opted to have an artist`s painting incorporated into the design, 2004 was the turn of Mark Kostobi.

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Year: 2004

Manufacturer: Santini

Associated Bike Brand: Bianchi Bikes

Races: Giro D'Italia  

During `noughties`, RCS and Santini opted to have an artist`s painting incorporated into the design. To celebrate the 87th edition, they commissioned Mark Kostobi to create an image that could be incorporated into the design of the maglia rosa.

Whilst doing some research for Kostabi, I also found out that he designed the Use Your Illusion album covers for Guns `N` Roses, as well as and numerous products including a Swatch watch, a Bloomingdales bag, Alessi vases, Rosenthal espresso cups!

I also have another 2004 pink jersey in my collection that has the Saeco/Cannondale sponsor logos on it. Of course this does obscure Kostabi`s design, but it does celebrate Damiano Cunego win of the 2004 edition of the race.

I must thank Herbie Sykes for his assistance for pointing me in the right direction of this web page that details the names of the artists that have featured on the maglia rosa over the years.

Herbie`s book - Maglia Rosa - is a fabulous and fascinating account of the history of the Giro. Go and buy a copy - I did!

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Date Submitted: 17 May 2016