The History & Legacy of Santini

Santini SMS is a cycling clothes brand of the Italian clothing production company Santini Maglificio Sportivo. This company was founded by Pietro Santini in 1965 and is based in Lallio, Italy. Santini SMS provided the pink jersey in the Giro d'Italia from 1993 to 2017. Since 2017 they also provide the red leader's jersey in the Vuelta a Espana. Since 1994 the brand is the clothes sponsor of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the UCI World Championships.

Santini SMS provides the rainbow jerseys, the official UCI World Champion jerseys across all disciplines. Santini SMS delivers as well the European Champion jersey for all cycling disciplines and the World Cup leader jerseys for women's road, track cycling, mountain bike and cyclo-cross. The brand also delivers the jerseys for the UCI ProTour and the leading jerseys in stage races like Tour Down Under and the Critérium du Dauphiné. The contract with the UCI started in 1994 and was prolonged with two years in 2012 until 2014.

As Santini provides the jerseys of the Slovakian national cycling team, Peter Sagan won his historic three back-to-back UCI road race world champion titles 2015, 2016 and 2017 in a Santini jersey.

The UCI World Championships are: UCI Road World Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, UCI BMX World Championships, UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Santini can be seen in all these world championships - adored by the champions - nothing else required to prove the legacy of this truly iconic brand!

Santini’s history is full of word firsts – these are important steps that consistently reinforce our dedication to creating the finest clothing possible, all of it handmade in Italy:

  • 1965The revolutionary decision to specialise in cycling clothing production
  • 1976The introduction of Lycra fabric in bib-shorts, which had hitherto been made with black-coloured wool
  • 1976The introduction of antibacterial synthetic fabric chamois
  • 1977The introduction of ‘silk’ Polyamide jersey fabrics to boost aerodynamic efficiency
  • 1979Coloured Lycra bib-short production begins
  • 1982Windproof nylon fabric is introduced on wool jerseys to offer wind protection
  • 1984Sublimatic printing process is invented
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  • 1988Santini become suppliers of the official UCI World Champion and World Cup leader’s jersey
  • 1988Highly breathable and windproof Windstopper technology introduced into cycling clothing for the first time
  • 1993Santini begin our long-lasting relationship with the Giro d’Italia and the Maglia Rosa
  • 1999Digital printing introduced
  • 1999/2000Santini begin our longstanding relationship with the Australian National Cycling Team, developing the multiple-World Championship and Olympic gold medal-winning speedsuit
  • 2003The innovative Twist Gel silicon gel chamois is introduced
  • 2004Santini introduce carbon fabric and gel fluid heat-welded chamois technologies
  • 2008Windproof, waterproof, and breathable Epic nanotechnology fabric is introduced
  • 2010Santini design the first eco-friendly jersey made of recycled polyester
  • 2011Introduction of the Acquazero product range: an exclusive series of products featuring the Acquazero treatment by Sitip, which makes garments water- and stain-resistant without compromising the fabric’s comfort, elasticity and softness
  • 2011Launch of NAT, the evolution of the Twist Gel chamois featuring a Thermoshock core – an exclusive with incredible shock-absorbing properties, a unique cooling effect and self-massaging embossed micro cylinders to boost circulation
  • 2012Santini introduce the ‘strategic’ cut, producing the first-ever jersey designed specifically for the tuck position
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  • 2013Santini launch MIG3: the lightest gel chamois ever, featuring a multiple density shock-absorbing gel core
  • 2014Introduction of the Interactive kit: the most aerodynamic combination of jersey and bib-shorts ever! The aero fit of a skin-suit with the comfort of wearing two separate garments
  • 2015Introduction of the innovative C3 chamois: realized with Carving Technology process, which consists in digging two overlapped foam layers and with the addition of rooted gel to set new standards for comfort and performance.
  • 2015Peter Sagan wins the first of his 3 World Championships in Richmond wearing the innovative River bodysuit.
  • 2016The Maglia Rosa is realized with the innovative Bodyfit fabric, created for a perfect fit and ideal for raw cut finishes on the jersey.
  • 2017Launch of the Redux line: unprecedented aerodynamics. Jersey and shorts, body road and sleeveless triathlon and short sleeves, with attention to detail to maximize the aerodynamic effect.
  • 2017The partnership with La Vuelta begins.
  • 2017The collaboration with the Trek-Segafredo Team begins.
  • 2018The partnership with the Deutschland Tour begins.
  • 2018The partnership with the Tour de Suisse begins.
  • 2018The collaboration with the Italian-Japanese team Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini begins.
  • 2018Introducing IMPACT shorts, with anti-abrasion inserts made with Dyneema fibres from Sitip and used by the Trek-Segafredo team at the Tour de France.
  • 2018Collaboration with the world champion Lizzie Deignan for the creation of the women's line signed "Lizzie x Santini".

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