Created in 1946 to celebrate the last man who finished last at the Giro d'Italia, the maglia nera was awarded only until 1951 and it was then dismissed as a trophy. Few people know that in Coppi and Bartali years finishing last at the Giro was almost as important as finishing first. ''The maglia nera in fact was pregnant not only with symbolism, but with real life consequence. It bestowed fame and something approaching fortune â€“ pane e salame and a life less ordinary'' (from Herbie Sykes' ''maglia nera'' blog article now available at demarchi.com). And this was exactly the case of Giovanni Pinarello, the last of the Maglia Nera at the 34th Giro in 1951 that we are now celebrating with an exact replica of his (in) famous Black Jersey, made from the best Biella 100% Superfine New Merino Wool with doubled shirt buttoned collar, two front and three back pockets plus the same original Cornely embroidery as back in the day. Only available in 100 numbered and certified pieces, the Maglia Nera is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of cycling history.