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Rapha releases new retro Futuro collection inspired by 1990 Tour de France

We are big fans of Rapha's latest collection, which is inspired by Panasonic and Claudio Chiappucci

Joe Robinson
11 Nov 2020

Rapha has just dropped its latest Futuro collection, a range of kit inspired by the 1990 Tour de France, and we think it's one of its best in a while.

The new limited edition Futuro range looks to remember the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period in cycling's history that was loud, brash and dominated by some weird and wonderful progression in the sport's technology.

We're talking Japanese electrical companies like Toshiba and Panasonic sponsoring teams, riders like Greg LeMond riding these strange carbon bikes with aerodynamic helmets and clipless pedals, the Tour starting from a theme park actually called Futuroscope. Heady days.

The Futuro collection pays homage to that based around three new looks – the Coureur, the Sonic and the Futuro.

To promote the range, Rapha has taken inspiration from old football stickers – which is a big thumbs up from us too.

For more on the Futuro Collection, visit Rapha here

The Coureur collection centres around Claudio Chiappucci, the pocket rocket Italian who almost waltzed back to Lombardy with the Maillot Jaune on his debut attempt in 1990 following a rather inauspicious-looking four-man breakaway on Stage 1 of the race that somehow finished 10 minutes clear of the peloton.

Chiappucci took over the race lead in the Alps on Stage 12, and did not relinquish it until the penultimate day when he was finally overhauled by Greg LeMond in dramatic fashion.

Rapha's Coureur merino jersey and cap take strong influence from the Carrera Jeans-Vagabond jersey worn by Chiappucci during that Tour and feature small nods to the rider including his nickname 'El Diablo' on the jersey's chest and an Italian crest on the right arm.

The Sonic range, meanwhile, takes inspiration from the 'advent of sublimation print' on early 1990s cycling jerseys and the rise of technology sponsors.

Both the lightweight shadow jacket and thermal jersey mirror the 1990 Panasonic-Sportlife jersey with its block red, yellow and navy sections and reflective badge.

Also available are a pair of matching winter bibshorts and pro team socks echoing the same colourways, while the real devillish detail lies in the matching old-school winter headband that is provided with the thermal jersey.

For more on the Futuro Collection, visit Rapha here

The final range is the Futuro, which remembers French theme park Futuroscope hosting that year's Tour Grand Depart, a programme that involved a prologue time-trial on day one followed by a retrospectively mental double-header 138km road stage/45km team time-trial on day two. Not sure that would slide these days.

The Futuro training short sleeve and long sleeve jerseys and gilet all take inspiration from the futuristic theme park, adding digital colour notes to black backgrounds.

Prices start from £20 for the Sonic socks and work their way up to £200 for the Sonic lightweight Shadow jacket – pretty standard as far as Rapha is concerned.

If like us you're pretty excited by this collection, you will likely want to know release dates. Well, RCC members have already been given access to the collection while us normal folk will have to wait until Friday 13th November.

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