We’ve added another jersey to the permanent collection of styles available on the Cima Coppi Online Shop. We’ve got an Eddy jersey which is an all-time best seller, and happens to sport the great Black, Yellow and Red color combination. However, people have asked: “How can you have an Eddy jersey in honor of Merckx, and not have the Blue, White and Red — a Bernard jersey in honor of Hinault?”
This, Señoras y Señores, is exemplary of a superb question, and one that no longer needs to be asked. It’s true, we’ve been recently holding out on the release of the Bernard jersey, but why? Well, it was Giro time then, and now it’s soon to be Tour time. The focus is now on France, and here is the jersey.
As well, going further back, it took me a really, really long time to find a reliable source of high quality, recycled, 100% wool, in White with quantities where I could promise a few dozen of the same design. In fact, I once thought finding Recycled White Wool would be impossible. New wool from half-way around the world and speed-dialed labour at the sweat-shop would be easy! BUT, Cima Coppi doesn’t do things that way… would Hinault take a taxi up Tourmalet? No. Anyway, so here it is, we finally have white, and finally have a Bernard jersey! Get it while we still have white.
So, do we really need to rationalize why we have a Bernard jersey? Probably not, but, heck, we will anyway. The Breton had 10 Grand Tour wins (5 Tdf, 3 Giro, 2 Vuelta), second only to Merckx, who had 11. Hinault won Liege-Bastogne-Liege twice (1977, ’80), Giro di Lombardia twice (’79, ’84), and one Paris-Roubaix (’81). He won the World Championship in 1980 and other one-day classics such as Fleche-Wallone (1979, 1983), Amstel Gold (1977) and Ghent-Wevelgem (1977) amongst numerous other stages and races. Amazingly, Le Blaireau wore the Blue, White and Red as national champion only once, in 1978, but no one further exemplifies those colors than Hinault, so wear them with pride.
The Bernard jersey is made from recycled material (92% merino wool and 8% nylon)
All Cima Coppi jerseys are made in East Vancouver, Canada.