Hincapie Sportswear (USA) – Press Release: Lauded as the most important jersey in the Tour de France, the yellow jersey signifies the leader of the general classification. It dates back to 1919, when the first yellow jersey was officially awarded to Eugene Christophe in the stage from Grenoble to Geneva. Some say the yellow color was chosen because it was the most unpopular fabric color; thus, it was easy to find. Others say it was yellow because it reflected the color of the newspaper L’Auto, which organized the race. No matter the reason for the color, there’s no doubting that it’s now the most sought-after jersey in the peloton.
The Tourmalet and Ruelle cycling kits are a tribute to the Tour’s yellow jersey, with an appreciation of its history and honor.
Take the yellow jersey. Inspired by the legendary mountain pass in the French Pyrenees. The Tourmalet Jersey is a tribute to the sport's most punishing ascents and switchbacks. Built for breaking away from the pack, this limited edition jersey has one of the tightest fits in our entire collection. It's constructed from our newest Climber's jersey pattern, meaning it's extremely fitted and aerodynamic--perfect for hot summer races and epic climbs. For added comfort, the jersey has a 3/4-length front zipper to increase airflow. When you're climbing, it's held in place by a ProGrip waistband.
Tourmalet Bib Short:
Conquer the highest elevations in a set of bibs created for your most intense efforts. Utilizing fabrics and technology from our highly popular Velocity custom line, the limited edition version is durable, lighweight and breathable to keep you cool and comfortable in the warmest conditions. The bib short is equipped with a soft diamond mesh top that keeps straps comfortably in place, while the ProGrip™ leg bands ensure the bottoms don’t cause unnecessary chafing. Made with TourTek Compressor, the bibs have a foam chamois that conforms to the body and is perfect for a 4-to-6 hour ride.
Women's Ruelle Short Sleeve Jersey:
Designed for maintaining your speed and endurance in the most humid conditions, this lightweight and breathable jersey provides comfort with an eye-catching design. Inspired by the narrow, winding paths and alleys that embody the Tour de France, Ruelle, or "alley" in French, honors the prowess of those cyclists who race and endure the Tour's 21 stages. Made with our TourTek Lycra fabric, the jersey moves sweat away from the body, and provides protection from the sun. Added bonus: our SunSmart technology ensures your limited edition design won't fade after multiple rides. For increased comfort, the Hincapie Gel-Grip™ on the back of the waist holds the jersey in place, while ProGrip™ arm bands enhance comfort in the sleeves. The jersey is crafted with materials and technology from our highly popular Velocity custom line.
Women's Ruelle Short:
The Tour de France is known for its narrow, winding paths and alleys, requiring much skill athleticism to navigate. Cover the miles in cycling shorts built for them. Crafted with fabrics and materials from our popular Velocity custom line, the Ruelle shorts are lightweight and breathable, providing a relaxed fit that retains its shape and firmness after multiple rides. The back panel has a high waistband at the back for enhanced comfort while Pro Grip keeps the shorts in place in any riding position. For maximum comfort, the bike shorts have a foam chamois designed for female riders.