Mercatone Uno/Wilier/Wega Home 1997 Team Jersey

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Front of the Mercatone Uno/Wilier/Wega Home 1997 Team Jersey

Worn by the team riders in the 1997 Tour De France, this version of the jersey contains more blue to avoid of clash with the famous Maillot Jaune.

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Year: 1997

Manufacturer: Santini

Associated Bike Brand: Wilier Triestina

Races: Tour de France - 1997 Edition  

With master tacticians Giuseppe Martinelli and Davide Cassani at the helm, Marco Pantani was the team`s star performer with many race fans remembering his iconic stage victory in the 1997 Tour de France winning at the top of l`Alpe d`Huez on stage 13.

Something I always wondered was why Pantini appeared to have such an ill-fitting team jersey that day? If you look at photos from the event it looks like he borrowed a jersey from a team mate?

If you are curious about the sad story of Marco Pantini, I can heartily recommend the thoroughly researched The Death of Marco Pantini by Matt Rendell.

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Date Submitted: 18 Jul 2016