The 2002 (and perhaps ’03) Team Deutsche Telekom Biretta. Legendary names like Ullrich, Vinokourov, Zabel, Klöden, and Guerini, among others, donned this fabled magenta cap.
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For me, this cap stands as the last gasp of the emphatically-colored team kits of the EPO era. Telekom peaked in the late 90s; they went to the ’02 TdF sans-Ulle’ and came home to Germany without the Green Jersey for the first time in six years.
The following year, Ullrich took Lance to the wire in a bare-bones Bianchi kit that re-birthed retro cool (a full year ahead of you-know-who)—and I don’t think anyone who remembers the pre-collapse Team Coast kit would consider that a bad thing.
How do I get my photo up on the sight?
Patience, Cipo—your time will come.