Tom Simpson tee
Gildan softstyle ringspun black tee.
One colour half-tone print (in light grey) to front & screen print to left sleeve.
Halftone is a printing technique that simulates continuous tone imagery (eg, photography) through the use of dots, varying in size, shape, or spacing.
S Chest 34-36" Width 44cm Height 67cm
M Chest 38-40" Width 47cm Height 71cm
L Chest 40-44" Width 53cm Height 74cm
Care instructions: Machine wash warm, inside out, with like colours. Tumble dry medium. Iron inside out. Do not iron directly over printed area. Do not dry clean.
Composition: 100% combed ringspun cotton.
This tee replicates the front cover of Miroir Sprint magazine dated 27/09/65.
Here at Tranquillo we have a long fascination and admiration for Tom Simpson.
There is of course the impressive palmares. What he achieved in such a short career was astonishing. He won 3 monuments - Flanders in 1961 (the first time he'd ridden it!), Milan - San Remo 1964, Il Lombardia 1965. He won the World Championship in San Sebastian in 1965. He won Bordeaux-Paris 1963 and Paris-Nice 1967. He achieved remarkable consistency in Paris-Roubaix with 4 top 10's. He became the first Brit to wear the maillot jaune at the Tour De France following an attack on the Col Du Tourmalet on Stage 12 of the 1962 Tour. He was at the top of the sport for arguably the most golden of eras, taking victories and podiums amongst the greats of Coppi, Bobet, Anquetil, Gaul, Gimondi, Merckx. He set the standard for the next generation of British cyclists.
But Simpson was so much more than his results. In many ways he was the trailblazer for British cyclists making their way in a continental sport. He left the UK's rather parochial (at the time) cycling scene to follow his dreams to compete in the upper echelons of the sport. He embraced life in Belgium and was not only accepted but became much loved by locals. The French too loved his aggressive and impulsive style of racing, having ridden for French teams throughout his career. He was the quintessential good humoured and fun-loving Englishman. He was a man living life to the full - no half measures, all in. That is what has resonated with us here at Tranquillo. And that is why he remains an important person in the world of sport and cycling. For us it is much more to do with the way he lived, than the way he died. Never forgotten Mr Tom. We doth our casquette.