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Giro d'Italia 2013: A gallery of historic pink jerseys

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The late Fiorenzo Magni's pink jersey from 1951

The late Fiorenzo Magni's pink jersey from 1951
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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The legendary Gino Bartali in the pink jersey during the 1937 Giro d'Italia

The legendary Gino Bartali in the pink jersey during the 1937 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Fausto Coppi admires Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey in 1954

Fausto Coppi admires Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey in 1954
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958

Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giuseppe Saronni's pink jersey from 1985

Giuseppe Saronni's pink jersey from 1985
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939

Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Adolfo Loeni's widow shows his prized pink jersey

Adolfo Loeni's widow shows his prized pink jersey
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Massimo Podenzana's pink jersey from 1988

Massimo Podenzana's pink jersey from 1988
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Each pikn jersey is pramed for posterity

Each pikn jersey is pramed for posterity
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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A wall of pink jerseys

A wall of pink jerseys
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Pink jerseys on display at the Ghisallo museum

Pink jerseys on display at the Ghisallo museum
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey from 1954

Giuseppe Minardi's pink jersey from 1954
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965

Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Indurain's pink jersey from 1992

Indurain's pink jersey from 1992
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Evgeni Berzin shows the pink skinsuit he wore during the 1994 Giro d'Italia

Evgeni Berzin shows the pink skinsuit he wore during the 1994 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965

Bruno Mealli's pink jersey from 1965
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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ADolfo Leoni in the pink jersey during the 1949 Giro d'Italia

ADolfo Leoni in the pink jersey during the 1949 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Fiorenzi Magni in actionwhile wearing the pink jersey

Fiorenzi Magni in actionwhile wearing the pink jersey
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Ercole Baldini in pink in 1958

Ercole Baldini in pink in 1958
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Jacques Anquetil in pink in 1960

Jacques Anquetil in pink in 1960
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Gosta Petterson in 1971

Gosta Petterson in 1971
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Franco Chioccoli wins in Aprica wearing the pink jersey at the 1991 Giro d'Italia

Franco Chioccoli wins in Aprica wearing the pink jersey at the 1991 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Miguel Indurain at the 1992 Giro d'Italia

Miguel Indurain at the 1992 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958

Giovanni Pettinati's pink jersey from 1958
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939

Giovanni Valetti's pink jersey from 1939
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Giovanni Visconti autographs his pink jersey

Giovanni Visconti autographs his pink jersey
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Adolfo Leoni's pink jersey from 1949

Adolfo Leoni's pink jersey from 1949
(Image credit: Museo Ghisallo/Federico Meda)
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Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new maglia rosa.

Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new maglia rosa.
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) in Milan having secured the Giro d'Italia, the first man from Canada to do so

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) in Milan having secured the Giro d'Italia, the first man from Canada to do so
(Image credit: AFP)

The pink jersey or maglia rosa as it known in Italian, is the race leader's jersey at the Giro d'Italia.

Since its introduction in 1931 it has become iconic, symbolizing the emotions, passion and style of Italian cycling.

This year's pink jersey has been designed by British fashion designer Paul Smith and is made from lightweight lycra by Santini. In the past the jersey was from wool or acrylic fibre with a collar and even front facing pockets.

Federico Meda and his father Sergio – the former press officer of the Giro d'Italia, have worked with the Ghisallo Cycling museum to carefully build a collection of authentic pink jerseys worn by riders in the race. Their goal is to gather at least one pink jersey from each edition of the race, from 1931 to today. They already have over 50 jerseys, with many on display at the Ghisallo cycling museum, overlooking Lake Como, north of Milan.

Giro d'Italia race organiser RCS Sport has helped the Ghisallo project, promising to donate 500 Euro for every pink jersey that is added to the collection and formally identified.

This photo gallery includes images of the riders and family members with their pink jerseys and stunning images of many of the riders in action while wearing the same pink jersey they have donated to the Ghisallo collection.

It is a fitting tribute to the maglia rosa as the days count down to the start of this year's Giro d'Italia, where yet another maglia rosa will be worn during each stage of the race.