We're huge fans of the tricolor striped flags of Belgium, Italy, and France. As bike racing fans, their colors have become as recognizable as our own. De Marchi makes this Belgium Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey to celebrate the Belgian national team of the late sixties. Their squad in that era was always a force to be considered as logical for the win. Of course Merckx, Van Springel, et al. wore the same black, yellow, and red stripes across their torso that they do now, with the tricolor displayed on a powder blue background.
This modern jersey lacks the itch of yesteryear's version. For this one, De Marchi uses Superfine Merino Wool. It's a taslanized 50% Merino Wool, 50% acrylic knit blend. It has a fine hand like a spun yarn, though it's more consistent and won't pill like a spun yarn. Its luxurious softness will make you know that it's intended to be worn directly against the skin.
De Marchi cuts the Belgium Wool Jersey just like they did forty some odd years ago. They've always been known for their technical jerseys, and this one is no different. It's made to be ridden in. To that end, it's a bit looser than modern synthetic jerseys, but it's cut to follow the body. The collar and sleeve cuffs are a doubled over rib-knit. De Marchi calls it a 'French' collar after Louison Bobet. He was, of course, French, and known to be stylish and exacting with his gear and clothing. He is said to have been the first to request a move to this style of collar from the traditional winged collar and buttons that were used at the time. The hem at the bottom is simply a doubled layer of the knit, with an imperceptible seam. It has an 18cm metal zipper from YKK, the best in the business. In the back you'll find the three traditional patch pockets, and rather than being open at the top they have pearly buttons if you feel the need to secure your stowed articles.
The Belgium Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey has Red, Yellow, and Black stripes across a Blue background and comes in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. It is handmade in Italy. Please Note: We highly recommend that you wash by hand in cold water with a mild detergent and blot, then air dry flat. This will ensure that your jersey will last for many seasons and that it will remain the proper size.