The Team Sky De Ronde T-Shirt By Rapha is a limited edition T-shirt commemorating one of the historic races on Team Sky's 2013 racing calendar. The T-shirt is made from jersey cotton, has a slim fit and is cut longer in the back for a better fit when riding. Features include an exclusive De Ronde graphic on the chest and right sleeve, while the left sleeve has a contrast armband with a Rapha logo. The back of the jersey features an embroidered rear pocket with colour-matched ribbon binding.
The Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) was first organised in 1913 as a way of promoting sports newspaper, Sportwereld. Today the race takes place in April, though early editions were often held on the same day as Milan-Sanremo. Regarded as one of the more important Monuments, the big UCI Pro Tour one-day races, it is a source of huge pride for the cycling-mad Flandrians of northern Belgium. Known locally as 'De Ronde', and to a lesser extent 'Vlaanderens mooiste' (Flanders' finest), the race is infamous for its steep and narrow cobbled climbs, such as the Kappelmuur and Bosberg, which are always lined with thousands of screaming fans.