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Giro d'Italia unveils 2013 leaders' jerseys

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British fashion designer Paul Smith with the jerseys created for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

British fashion designer Paul Smith with the jerseys created for the 2013 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: RCS Sport)
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Former Giro champions Damiano Cunego and Stefano Garzelli were in attendance in Milan to see the new Giro d'Italia leaders' jerseys.

Former Giro champions Damiano Cunego and Stefano Garzelli were in attendance in Milan to see the new Giro d'Italia leaders' jerseys. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paul Smith's designs for the leaders' jerseys of the 2013 Giro d'Italia were unveiled today in Milan.

Paul Smith's designs for the leaders' jerseys of the 2013 Giro d'Italia were unveiled today in Milan. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters, whose team includes defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal, was dressed to the nines for the unveiling of the Giro's new leaders' jerseys.

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters, whose team includes defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal, was dressed to the nines for the unveiling of the Giro's new leaders' jerseys. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Former Giro d'Italia champion was on hand in Milan to see the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 edition of Italy's Grand Tour.

Former Giro d'Italia champion was on hand in Milan to see the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 edition of Italy's Grand Tour. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti with the new points classification leader's jersey.

Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti with the new points classification leader's jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The leader of the points classification at the 2013 Giro d'italia will be decked out in this Paul Smith-designed jersey.

The leader of the points classification at the 2013 Giro d'italia will be decked out in this Paul Smith-designed jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters, whose team returns to the Giro d'Italia with defending champion Ryder Hesjedal, was present in Milan at the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys.

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters, whose team returns to the Giro d'Italia with defending champion Ryder Hesjedal, was present in Milan at the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The leader of the best young rider's classification will sport this jersey at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

The leader of the best young rider's classification will sport this jersey at the 2013 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new mountains classification leader's jersey.

Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new mountains classification leader's jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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British designer Paul Smith with the four leaders' jerseys he designed for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

British designer Paul Smith with the four leaders' jerseys he designed for the 2013 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new leader's jersey.

Designer Paul Smith and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti present the Giro's new leader's jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Designer Paul Smith and Italian professional Matteo Rabottini, a stage winner and mountains classification champion from 2012, present the Giro's new mountains classification jersey.

Designer Paul Smith and Italian professional Matteo Rabottini, a stage winner and mountains classification champion from 2012, present the Giro's new mountains classification jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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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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The new maglia rosa features the signature of Italy's Fiorenzo Magni, a three-time Giro champion, inside the collar.

The new maglia rosa features the signature of Italy's Fiorenzo Magni, a three-time Giro champion, inside the collar. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Former Giro champion Damiano Cunego, designer Paul Smith, former Giro champion Stefano Garzelli and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti (L-R) with the 2013 Giro d'Italia jerseys.

Former Giro champion Damiano Cunego, designer Paul Smith, former Giro champion Stefano Garzelli and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti (L-R) with the 2013 Giro d'Italia jerseys. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Former Giro champion Damiano Cunego, designer Paul Smith, former Giro champion Stefano Garzelli and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti (L-R) with the 2013 Giro d'Italia jerseys.

Former Giro champion Damiano Cunego, designer Paul Smith, former Giro champion Stefano Garzelli and Gazzetta dello Sport's Andre Monti (L-R) with the 2013 Giro d'Italia jerseys. (Image credit: RCS Sport)

Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport today unveiled the four leaders' jerseys for the 2013 edition of the Italian Grand Tour, designed by British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. An avid cycling enthusiast since childhood, Smith's involvement with the project grew out of an informal meeting with RCS Sport at the 2011 Giro d'Italia.

"Having been a huge cycling enthusiast and follower of the major Tours and Classics for many years, it's an absolute privilege to be asked to design the four jerseys for the Giro d'Italia," said Smith in a press release.

"I started cycling at the age of 12 and raced until I was 18. A bad crash put me in hospital for several months, after which I discovered the world of creativity, design and fashion and started my career, which luckily has progressed to what it is today," continued Smith.

"During that period I have always followed cycling and have been privileged to meet many key riders, building friendships with Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, David Millar and many more. I also have a huge collection of jerseys from the '70s right up to current times, often signed by the riders.

"With all this in mind, it was an absolute honour and delight to be asked to design the four jerseys for the Giro and I hope that the simple approach that I've made is acceptable to you all; putting red piping with the pink, cleaning all of the jerseys up to keep them as simple as possible and adding a little drawing of a cyclist by myself onto the jerseys."

The Giro d'Italia's four jerseys include the leader's pink jersey, the points classification leader's red jersey, the mountain classification leader's blue jersey and the best young rider's white jersey. For the 17th straight year, Santini Maglificio Sportivo will produce the jerseys.

In addition to the British designer's signature on the jerseys' collar, the left sleeves will bear the iconic Paul Smith stripes as the hallmark of his work. The inside of the collar of the maglia rosa also bears the signature of Fiorenzo Magni, a tribute to the esteemed Italian campione who died last December at the age of 91.

The 2013 Giro will start on May 4 with the Grand Departure in Naples. The riders will then face 21 stages (23 days in total including two rest days) finishing up on May 26 in Brescia.