To mark the centenary edition of Giro d’Italia, Rapha proudly presents the Coppi collection. Paying homage to the great Fausto Coppi, these special edition pieces echo the style of the era, rich with all the flair and detail you’d expect from a celebration of Il Campionissimo.

In a hundred years of racing, few cyclists have stood out like Fausto Coppi. With the help of Italian artisans, Rapha pays our respects to Il Campionissimo, the champion of champions, with the Coppi collection.

The Coppi collection is a celebration of one of the sport’s greats. Prolific, iconoclastic, stylish. Here is a man who would not have looked out of place on the silver screen, starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor. Sunglasses, wide-lapelled overcoats, sharp suits. If you’ve ever been surprised by the effortless cool of Lachlan Morton in plaid shirt and bibs, or Taylor Phinney wearing a denim jacket over his team kit, wind the clock back 70 years. Fausto was there first.

This golden age is revered as much for the acts of its heroes as their timeless style. There are no streaming ultra high-definition videos. Instead, beautiful black and white photographs and evocative grainy film clips preserve riders’ panache. If we want to emulate Il Campionissimo, here is our style guide. Just as there are framebuilders hand making beautiful steel frames, there are still places crafting wool garments to the highest standard.

Less than an hour outside of Milan, de facto fashion capital of Italy, is a factory that specialises in producing knitwear all the way from yarn to finished garment. Self Maglieria have been producing prêt-à-porter garments for luxury brands and haute couture for elite sportspeople since 1965. This is where we chose to make the woolen pieces in our Coppi collection.

Fausto Coppi’s roots were in neighbouring Piemonte. Born in Tortona, he died no more than 20km south in Castellania, where his house is preserved in memoriam, as if he stepped out the front door on a training ride and could return at any moment. Coppi’s legacy has literally taken root – his grandson Francesco has a vineyard nearby, a small family-run farm where he produces wine traditionally.