Icons of cycling: The maglia rosa

The story of one of cycling’s most distinctive jerseys

Tom Dumoulin on the podium after winning stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The pink jersey that denotes the leader of the Giro d’Italia first appeared in the 1931 race and unlike the origins of the Tour de France’s yellow jersey, there is no debate as to why it is pink.

The maglia rosa is so coloured because the pages of the sports newspaper that founded the race, La Gazzetta dello Sport, are pink.

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