The Col de la Croix de Fer first appeared in the Tour de France in 1947. Seventy-one years on, Steven Kruijswijk, crested its summit on a 72km solo breakaway headed for Alpe d’Huez. By the time the Dutchman had reached its hairpins, his advantage was down to four minutes. We know how it ended. And fortune didn’t favour the brave.
The 2067m “Pass of the Iron Cross” is located in the French Alps and during the 2018 Tour de France, sat between the Lacets de Montvernier and the famous hairpins of l’Alpe d’Huez, where Kruijswijk was caught soon after Dutch corner.
The mountain has featured in the Tour twenty times and it’s become an icon in the race’s rich history. It’s not the most famous mountain pass but there’s something about the 22.7km climb that resonates with cycling fans. One of which is Stuart Brooke, whose clothing company, Ashmei, has produced a jersey to honour it.
The on trend khaki Croix de Fer jersey is made from Ashmei’s own Merino + Carbon 37.5 Technology blend fabric, which is designed to wick moisture 10 times faster than a regular merino wool. On the chest there’s a series of crucifix icons, which is accented again on the three rear pockets.