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La Vie Claire Cycling Team

La Vie Claire Cycling Team

The La Vie Claire Team Jersey

The La Vie Claire jersey is iconic. If you're reading this, a cycling website, you probably need no introduction to the block colours and geometric shapes of the Bernard Hinault-led team of the mid to late 1980's. Based on the De Stijl (“The Style”) designs of Piet Mondrian, the Benetton designed jersey is one of the most recognisable designs in the history of the peloton.

In the 1920's, Mondrian started using blocks of colour and white, divided by thick straight black lines as an attempt to free himself from naturalistic appearances. In his opinion,...