September 2010 and a French icon has come home to roost. Romilly-sur-Seine is a typical example of the villages scattered across the world-renowned wine producing region of France, Champagne, but instead of grapes, Romilly is famous for a very different export: Le Coq Sportif. From a small hosiery store founded some 130 years previous by Emile Camuset, this has grown into one of the world’s most prestigious sportswear brands and its instantly recognisable cockerel logo is synonymous with sporting triumph at the highest level. Le Coq Sportif has retraced their heritage back to its unassuming birth in the northeast of France and is opening a new research centre from which it will continue, as it always has, to design and create clothing tailored specifically to meet the demands of its sporting clientele.
This choice of location was not a simple happenstance but a choice indicative of Le Coq Sportif’s characteristic bridge between its heritage and the modern day found throughout its collections. Innovative and at the cutting edge of sportswear design, the Le Coq Sportif cockerel has been prevalent throughout the 20th and 21st centuries in the biggest sporting events worn to victory in numerous Olympic Games, World Cups, tennis Grand Slams and re-kindling the brand’s first sporting love, the Tour de France since 2012.
90 Years of Cycling Innovation
Le Coq Sportif’s long connection with the world of cycling began in 1929. As the world’s stock markets crumbled in the aftermath of the Wall Street crash, the brand released their first pioneering foray in to cycling specific sportswear with their creation of a jersey purpose built for cyclists. This was only the beginning. In 1951, Le Coq Sportif became the official supplier of jerseys for the Tour de France with Hugo Koblet, a Swiss cycling legend, flying to victory in Paris. Now, in 2015, as-well as an official sponsor and the official supplier for the Tour de France, Le Coq Sportif clothing is featured across a vast swathe of cycling events at the highest level including, amongst others, the Vuelta a España, Paris-Nice and the infamous Paris-Roubaix.
Le Coq Sportif Tour de France Classification Jerseys
Are there three cycling jerseys more iconic than the yellow, green and red-white polka-dot of the Tour de France classifications? This legendary triumvirate have been worn to some of the greatest feats in the history of the sport and fresh out of Le Coq Sportif’s Romilly research and development centre we have the latest incarnation of each jersey available here at ProBikeKit.
As is Le Coq Sportif’s modus operandi for 2015, the cycling jerseys are a celebration of the history of the race. With stylish Arc de Triomphe filigree on the chest, the Tour’s 40th finish on the Champs Elysées in the centre of Paris is subtly referenced, meanwhile, the jersey itself is a 21st century take on the original 1975 jersey which Bernard Thévenet rode to victory.
The jersey bodies feature lightweight polyester throughout giving an anatomical, aerodynamically optimised fit. With flat seams for reduced irritation and insulating bands on the arms and sleeves the cycling jerseys offer superior comfort throughout a ride while micro-aerated mesh paneling promotes air circulation and regulated body temperature. Furthermore, flexible stretch-fit elastane sleeves prevent pressure points on the triceps both increasing blood flow and range of motion of the arms.
You can view our full range of Le Coq Sportif’s Tour de France technical wear, casual clothing and memorabilia at Probikekit- a must for any cyclist’s wardrobe.