Five hottest Maglia Rosa jersey wearers

Giro d’Italia Stage 19 is cancelled today due to adverse weather condition. But fear not the lack of excitement. GLUE brings you a list of the hottest (male) Maglia Rosa wearers in history.

The Maglia Rosa tradition started since 1931, marked by the significant pink jerseys worn by Giro d’Italia classification leaders. The pink hue originated from the colour of the sports newspaper that created the Giro, La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Giro d’Italia is, without a doubt, one of the most stylish races in sports. The Maglia Rosa jersey for the year 2013 is designed by Sir Paul Smith, who is a well-known cycling fan.

Here are the five leaders of GLUE’s hottest Maglia Rosa wearers:

1) Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx is the Marlon Brando of cycling. The Belgium rider is known as The Cannibal. He won Giro five times from 1968 to 1974. We love the ‘x’ at the end of Merckx’s name, like it was invented for texting.

The great Eddy Merckx. Photo © Offside/L’Equpipe

2) Mark Cavendish

British rider Mark Cavendish is possibly the fastest man on the planet at the moment. In 2012, French newspaper L’Equipe voted him as Tour de France’s best sprinter of all time. The Manx is quite lovely to look at.

Mark Cavendish ruled at Stage 1 this year. Photo © EPA

3) Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault is one of only five cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours. He won Giro d’Italia general Classification from 1980 to 1985. The handsome Frenchman was nicknamed The Badger for wearing a hairband during races. It was an 80’s thing.

Bernard Hinault in the 1980 Giro d’Italia. (Source:
Bernard Hinault wins the 1985 Giro d’Italia. (Source:

4) Andy Hampsten

Andy Hampsten won the Giro in 1988. The rider from Ohio, USA, was notable for his sunny all-American look. We miss the golden old days when riders used to have big hair.


5) Vincenzo Nibali

Italy’s favourite Vincenzo Nibali is tipped to win Giro 2013. Judging from his current top form, he may probably rule at the Tour de France this year. He is a hot Maglia Rosa wearer because he looks the business.

Nibali rules. Photo © Gian Mattia D’Alberto/AP

Let’s have another look at Eddy Merckx again.


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