Rapha sat down with Sir Bradley Wiggins during a Team Sky training camp in Mallorca to discuss his career with the team, future legacy and the ever-growing popularity of cycling in Great Britain. As frank and interesting as always, the 2012 Tour de France winner’s presence in the peloton will be missed.
Interestingly, Wiggins gave credit to Lance Armstrong for his contribution towards commercializing professional cycling. Ironically, golf has fallen by the way side with the downfall of Tiger Woods, but cycling seems to have boomed and maintained public interest.
Wiggins together with Team Sky has propelled cycling to the fore in Great Britain as he triumphed in the Tour de France and won the Olympics Time Trial gold in 2012. This has also inspired London into creating cycling superhighways, bridges, and plans to integrate cycling into the lifestyle of London-ers.
Thank you, Wiggins
Coming off the high and rigorousness of Paris-Roubaix, Wiggins will be leaving Team Sky to set up his own development team aptly named, Wiggins. Prior to that, in June, he will be attempting the Hour Record. The eventual goal is gold for Track in Rio 2016.
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Rapha’s tribute to Wiggins – World Champion Wool
For Bradley Wiggins’ last-ever Paris-Nice, Rapha designed an official Team Sky, custom-made warm up kit. Inspired by the peloton style of the 1960s and ’70s, and decorated with the world championship stripes that he won last season, it has a more classic look and feel than the more ordinary team tracksuits, but still using merino wool and race-cut tailoring.
For the making of Wiggins’ new garb, the Rapha design team took inspiration from a photo posted by Wiggins to his Instagram account. In the picture, Freddy Maertens, Roger de Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx relax prior to a race, all wearing tapered trousers and tailored track tops.
This jersey was a one-of-a-kind design for Sir Bradley Wiggins and unfortunately there will not be a commercial version available.
In homage to their unmistakable style, a lightweight merino was chosen for the top and trousers for its warmth, luxurious feel and old-school look. The trims and bulky zips were chosen to add to the traditional feel, and a chain stitch was used for attaching the woven sponsors’ badges and Mod-inspired roundel.
The Sky logo is embroidered onto the chest panel, as was De Vlaeminck’s, and hidden behind the zip is a small tab with the statistics of Wiggins’ world championship winning ride in Ponferrada.