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Full Kit Ranker semi finals: your chance to vote for the greatest cycling jersey of all time

A couple of surprise results in the quarter finals have led to our final four... which classic jerseys are you sending through to the grand final?

*Voting is now closed for the semi-finals, see ya in the grand final!*

So here we are, it's the Full Kit Ranker semi finals... will your favourite cycling jersey ever ever make it through to our grand final? Best get voting to make sure it has the best chance of being crowned the greatest of all time!

Full Kit Ranker quarter finals
24 of the best summer cycling jerseys

Full Kit Ranker - Semi Finals

As in the previous rounds, get yourselves familiar with our four remaining classic jerseys before making your decision, then cast a vote in both polls. Voting closes at 4pm on Friday, after which we'll gather the final scores then the grand final will commence on Saturday afternoon. 

Without further ado, let's get voting!

La Vie Claire (1985) vs Faemino Faema (1970)

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We've got a feeling the elimination of Mapei in the quarter finals will be unpopular with a lot of you, as it was edged out by literally tens of votes out of almost 3,000 by the classic Faemino–Faema strip donned by Eddy Merckx in the build up to his Tour de France and Giro d'Italia domination in 1970. It's up against the 1985 La Vie Claire classic as worn by Bernard Hinault, that was (perhaps surprisingly to some of you) a clear favourite over the uber-cool Molteni jersey worn by than man Merckx in 1972. What's it going to be, La Vie Claire or Faema? This decision is a tough one!


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You can buy a La Vie Claire replica jersey here, and a Faema replica here

Bianchi-Pirelli (1958) vs Peugeot-Shell-Michelin (1984)

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The classic Bianchi jersey worn by Fausto Coppi - one of the most famous cyclists of all time - triumphed convincingly in our poll over US Postal's Nike jersey from 2004... worn by another of the world's most famous cyclists, but not necessarily for the right reasons! There was a much closer poll in our match-up between the minimal yet iconic Peugeot-Shell-Michelin strip donned by Stephen Roche, and the loud pop art-inspired Z-Tommaso jersey worn by Greg Lemond, with Peugeot pulling through on 59%. 1950's Italian vintage cool, or 80's French pizzazz? The choice is all yours...


You can buy a Bianchi replica jersey here, and a 70's-era Peugeot-BP replica here. You can still find some original Peugeot-Shell-Michelin jerseys on eBay

As with the first round and quarter finals, make sure you cast votes for all four match-ups and discuss with your fellow Full Kit Rankers. Feel free to share your favourite jerseys that missed our initial shortlist in the comments too... we might even have enough for another tournament!

And again, cheers to the Full-Kit W*nkers page for inspiring the name of this epic contest - part of Twitter folklore.

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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Organon | 4 years ago

sorry but they're all munters the 70s were awful

melliott | 4 years ago

Who doesn't love a nice semi...? This one seems extra hard.

(Where is the love for the beautiful Faema jersey?)

melliott replied to melliott | 4 years ago

So childish. Who is this guy?

Sweaty Chamois replied to melliott | 4 years ago
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Ignore the grumbles.  Keep it up, so to speak....

captain_slog | 4 years ago
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Now we're getting to the sharp end.

It may be a minority opinion, but I'm disappointed with the early lead taken by La Vie Claire over Faema. The former is the French equivalent of Holland & Barrett and the jersey is, let's face it, mostly grey. Whereas the Faema is a timeless design classic and the company makes sleek Italian espresso machines. What could be more cycling than that?

Velovoyeur | 4 years ago
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For those who cannot decide or who like more than one of the jerseys in this contest, why not get the multi-jersey jersey from the article header printed and available?

CygnusX1 replied to Velovoyeur | 4 years ago
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Velovoyeur wrote:

For those who cannot decide or who like more than one of the jerseys in this contest, why not get the multi-jersey jersey from the article header printed and available?

You know, if that was available I could be tempted...

42coppi8 replied to CygnusX1 | 4 years ago

me too - they are all classics either thrioygh looks or the riders who wore them and their victories ( palmares ). who is going to make them though ?


rjfrussell | 4 years ago
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Pretty happy with my previous prediction:

"rjfrussell | 543 posts | 3 days ago

so the semis are Mondrian v Faema and Bianchi v Peugeot, and Mondrian wins the final.  it's a no brainer, no?"


ktache | 4 years ago
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I just cannot decide...

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