If you look at the blog articles that we recently put together that feature retired products, you'll perhaps notice that any kit that is predominately yellow tends not to sell as well as others.
It's not just us, you only have to look at the stock availability of a popular product that is available in a variety of colours, it's normally yellow that's left over. This is one of the reasons why we will not be stocking the commemorative jersey from this years Gran Fondo Internazionale Felice Gimondi which we have done for most editions.
Perhaps it's the association of the leaders yellow jersey (maillot jaune) for the Tour de France? Who knows! Back to the Del Tongo Colnago Jersey!
The Del Tongo Colnago jersey was in the European pro peloton for a number of years and they had a variety of different clothing manufacturers too! Parentini, Castelli and Santini all sponsored the team with Santini making the kit from 1985 to 1991 - clothing world champion Maurizio Fondriest in 1989.
Our replica Del Tongo Colnago Jersey and Bibshorts
Made from modern fabrics, the jersey design featured accurate Del Tongo and Colnago logos and came with three rear pockets and a 14cm short front zip to maintain the authentic look.
The matching bib shorts were produced with two different seat pads (Coolmax and the most expensive TwistGel) and mesh braces. We also had a long sleeve version with the colours reversed out as well as a matching cotton cap.
Here's one of our favourite riders - Franco Ballerini - in action aboard a Pinarello as in 1989 the team swapped from Colnago to the other Italian marque. On the left hand side, you can see the world cup leaders jersey of the time Gianni Bugno in the background.
Why can't I buy the Del Tongo Colnago jersey anymore?
It's a long story, but we're pretty sure the Del Tongo Colnago jersey will never re-appear in the "Prendas retro peloton"! Sorry to disappoint.