Jacques Anquetil T shirt by Lee Frangiamore



Jacques Anquetil was the first man to win the Tour de France five times, and the first to win all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana – in the same year. He also put in heroic efforts in Europe’s most prestigious one-day races. He was also a determined boozer: his regular evening fuel during the Tour de France was Champagne and langoustines. He was also a dedicated and pragmatic drug-taker. Criticised for the latter practice, Anquetil tended to respond: “What? You think I win my races on sugar alone?”. Anquetil seduced and married the wife of his personal doctor. He subsequently had a child with her step-daughter and lived with both women for a dozen years. When this set-up eventually fell to bits, the cyclist livened things up further by having a child with his stepson’s ex-wife. But apart from all the mistakes he made Anquetil was a charismatic, blond-haired, blue-eyed figure, inspired great devotion in fans and friends alike, and his early death from stomach cancer inspired national mourning. His amazing story deserves a wider audience than just cycling… Motion picture anyone?

The shirts:

These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with cool-max-image-e1485361440757.png fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.

The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.

The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.

These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.

These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.

The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.

The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.

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