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La Casera/Bahamontes Retro Jersey - Short Sleeve

Size Guide
Size Guide: Santini Short Sleeve Jerseys
All size guides on the Prendas website have been specifically prepared to help you get the right size garment. We do not use generic charts from manufacturers, we measure every garment that we sell.

For this garment, "Harry" the mannequin (which the vast majority of our product photographs are taken on) wears a size Large and he measures chest 39"/ 99cm, height 6`0"/ 183cm. It is worth noting that our sizing recommendations are based on a close fit, so if you want a bit of room, it is sometimes advisable to go up one size.

Summary Guide:
Chest Size Up to 32in 32-34in 34-36in 36-38in 38-40in 40-42in 42-44in 44-46in 46-48in 48-50in 50-52in 52-54in 53-55in

Detailed Guide:
The detailed size guide allows you to compare an existing garment that you own, measure it like we've done (taking all measurements from the outside, with the garment lying flat) and then compare the sizing.

Picture showing where you need to measure your jerseys to determine what size you will need.
Chest:  Lay the garment flat and measure between the lowest point of the arm seams.

Front:  The length at the centre, from the top of the collar to the bottom of the hem.

Back:  The length at the centre back, from the top of the collar to the bottom of the hem.

Sleeve Length:  Measure from the bottom of the collar to the end of the sleeve.

Size Chest
Front Back Sleeve
XXS - - - -
XS 45cm 52cm 65cm 36cm
S 48cm 55cm 68cm 37cm
M 49cm 57cm 71cm 37cm
L 52cm 61cm 74cm 39cm
XL 54cm 62cm 76cm 41cm
XXL 56cm 63cm 78cm 42cm
3XL 58cm 64cm 80cm 43cm
4XL 60cm 64cm 80cm 44cm
5XL 62cm 65cm 82cm 46cm
6XL 64cm 64cm 82cm 46cm
7XL 66cm 64cm 83cm 46cm
8XL 67.5cm 64cm 83cm 46cm

1970 was a golden age of cycling and many of our favourite jerseys (Faema-Faemino, SCIC, Molteni-Arcore and Salvarani) are from this era - but there are some jerseys that are equally as striking - albeit less-well-known - the La Casera/Bahamontes being one of those!

  • Exclusive to Prendas!
  • Great Retro Look!
  • 14cm Front Zip
  • Three Rear Pockets
  • Made in Italy
  • Design by Fergus
  • Zipped Rear Pocket
  • Reflective SMS logo at rear

Whilst researching another jersey, Herbie Sykes kindly sent us a selection of small thumbnail pictures of teams that rode the 1970 Giro d'Italia.

Amongst them was a rather striking jersey "La Casera/Bahamontes" which took our fancy. With the aid of Fergus (in-house designer at Santini), we ended up with what we reckon to be a pretty accurate replica.

Details regarding the team are a bit sketchy, so we asked a leading authority on Federico Bahamontes - Alasdair Fotheringham - who's book The Eagle of Toledo: The Life and Times of Federico Bahamontes is a great read if you want to do "the knowledge" on Bahamontes.

"La Casera-Bahamontes ran from 1970 to 1974, with the fiery, eccentric 1959 Tour de France winner Federico Martín Bahamontes - aka the Eagle of Toledo and recently voted by L'Equipe newspaper as the Tour's greatest ever climber - as one of its two co-directors.

La Casera, a Spanish soft drinks company, were the main sponsor throughout and apart from one Tour of Portugal in 1973, which had a local co-backer and corresponding re-design for the duration of the race, the team jersey barely changed. The by-then retired Bahamontes, apart from his using the team to advertise the sports shop bearing his name in Toledo, also oversaw the day-to-day running of the team. He even converted part of the sizable building which housed (and still houses) his fan club (Peña Bahamontes in Spanish) and personal office into the team's 'Service Course'.

A middle-ranking Spanish team made up almost entirely of Spanish riders throughout its existence, La Casera focussed - like Bahamontes himself - on the Grand Tours and stage races. The team never won a major Classic, but highlights of La Casera-Bahamontes five-year spell in the peloton included a stage win at the 1970 Giro d'Italia with Miguel Mari Lasa and an impressive mountains stage win and the King of the Mountains jersey in the 1973 Tour de France for Pedro Torres.

Torres lone victory on stage 14 of the 1973 Tour from Luchon - Pau, in fact, following a mere 7 hours and ten minutes in the saddle was probably the high point of the team's entire existence. Other key moments including taking back to back King of the Mountains titles in the Vuelta in 1973 and 1974 for Jose Luis Abilleira before the team folded, allegedly after Bahamontes fell out with most of the riders over - of all things - transport costs, at the end of that season."

1970 was a golden age of cycling and many of our favourite jerseys from the past are from this era. In the 1970 Giro peloton were Faema-Faemino, SCIC, Molteni-Arcore and Salvarani. Coincidentally, stage 1 of the Giro commenced on 18/05/70 from San Pellegrino Terme although the team with that name were absent from the pro peloton by this time.

Whilst keeping the jersey as accurate as possible (ie no full zip cutting through the team name) we've added a few modern touches that add value, like the additional zipped rear pocket and reflective SMS logo as well as keeping the essential three rear pockets.

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