Italian clothing brand has provided world championship jerseys for the governing body since 1994

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The UCI has announced that it will extend its partnership with Italian cycling clothing manufacturer Santini for a further two years to 2017.

Santini has provided cycling’s governing body with world championship jerseys for all disciplines within cycling since 1994, and also holds the rights to produce the legendary rainbow stripes for its own range of kit.

Legends of cycling who’ve donned rainbow bands since Santini began its partnership with UCI include the likes of Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Emma Pooley and of course Bradley Wiggins. While considerable British success on the track has seen riders such as Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Geraint Thomas and Laura Trott wear the coveted jerseys in their respective fields.

“Santini has been clothing UCI World Champions and UCI World Cup leaders for more than 20 years,” UCI President Brian Cookson said. “Over this period Santini has become synonymous with the UCI’s iconic brand: the rainbow jersey.

In addition to providing the jerseys for the UCI, Santini will quip the athletes at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland. The WCC offers training to 100 athletes in road, track and BMX.

Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell, women's team pursuit winners, Track World Championships 2012, day two, evening

Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell, women’s team pursuit winners, Track World Championships 2012

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Chris Boardman wins his time trial title in 1995 (Watson)

Mark Cavendish, 2011 World Champion

Mark Cavendish won on the road in 2012 (Watson)