The Rapha Country Jersey celebrates some of Europe’s leading cycling countries; Italy, France, Belgium and Britain. The jersey sports Rapha’s trademark pared down styling and the colours of each nation have been incorporated on the right sleeve.
The colours of each nation: only look closely at the coloured bands on the sleeves, are they not the wrong way round?
Pippo Pozzato shows that the Italian tricolore goes from green to white to red and the French colours are bleu, blanc, rouge. Accordingly the correct way to put the colours, even on the sleeves, can be seen on the jersey of any past national champion.
But it seems Rapha’s got the colours in the wrong order. Instead of, as they put it, “espresso-chugging Italians, obsessed with looking good”, the Rapha country jersey sports the Mexican bandera, and I’m thinking tacos and mariachi music. And red, white and blue belongs on the Dutch and Luxembourg flags, not the French one.
This isn’t the first time Mexico and Italy get confused but unlike dodgy Michael Rasmussen you’d hope the London brand would pay greater attention to detail. Especially since they got it right last year.