Toshiba 1990 Team Jersey by Santini

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Front of the Toshiba 1990 Team Jersey by Santini

Coming after the iconic La Vie Claire team jersey design, the Toshiba/Look design was never as popular.

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Manufacturer: Santini

Associated Bike Brand: Look Bikes

When I was a kid I got to work the occasional day in my local road bike shop (Ridge Racing, Bournemouth) that helped pay for my hobby.

The shop was years ahead of it`s time, dealing with European brands like Santini, Assos, Castelli when most club cyclists made do with the likes of Impsort and Medella.

I do vividly remember that the Toshiba team clothing was often a regular fixture in the bargain bin - coming after the iconic La Vie Claire team - it was a bit of a let down in terms of likeability.

I`m unsure of the inspiration of the design, presumably nothing to do with dazzle camouflage used in World War I to mislead the enemy!

Jean-Francois Bernard (Jeff) carried a heavy burden during her career, being the next great hope for French cycling after Bernard Hinault. Let`s hope that his son Julien will be able to find his feet in the pro peloton without the weight of a nation of his shoulders.

If you are interested in the La Vie Claire team, we have the 1985 version of this jersey as well as the hybrid 1988 version too.

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Date Submitted: 17 May 2016