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Because cyclists spend more time outside than most others, it’s important to make sure your skin is protected from powerful UV rays at all times. And even when the sun doesn't seem to be out, your skin can still get damaged.

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So as well as layering up on the sun cream, investing in a couple of summer jerseys with built in UV protection will ensure that even the parts of your body that are covered by clothing are still protected.

Here's our round up the most practical and stylish summer jerseys with UV protection...

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The Louis Garneau Astoria 2 is a stylish jersey, perfect for warm weather riding. It’s light on your skin and incredibly quick drying, with a 3/4 zip allowing you to control your own ventilation.

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Built with a nifty UPF 30 protection, its clean but subtle design with lime green detailing would be a lovely little addition to your summer wardrobe. Available in white and pink, the jersey also features some nifty reflective patches to keep you seen and, flat lock seams for added comfort.

Price: £47.00, available from Garneau.

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Pearl Izumi's Elite Jersey is a great buy for warm weather riding with its quirky turquoise design giving a great look on the roads. The jersey has a whopping UPF 50 to ensure you have the maximum protection from the sun's UV rays.

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Their Elite Transfer fabric will ensure your kept cool and your jersey is kept dry, no matter how much you sweat. Its built in In-R-Cool technology will also work to cool the fabric down and reflect the sun's rays. With subtle reflective detailing, another great feature is the jerseys sweat proof pocket which will keep your valuables nice and dry.

Price: £52.30, available from Berg Freune.

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A great affordable jersey for riding in warm weather,the Hummvee Lite from Endura has built in SPF 25 to ensure you avoid coming home from a ride without any dodgy looking tan lines.

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Using a gauge rapid wicking mesh fabric with an antibacterial finish, the sweat will be instantly picked up and removed whilst you're still on the go. The jersey even features some nifty silicone grippers to enable your backpack grips to you without sliding, genius!

Price: £37.99 (RRP £39.99), available from Evans.

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This is an incredibly comfortable Merino jersey which is perfect for popping on for a warm weather ride. Built with DeflectUV 30 to protect you from the powerful UV rays, it also comes available in a lovely summer style aqua green colour.

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The jerseys Drirelease soft Merino fabric with built in FreshGuard, quickly wicks up sweat and will ensure you are kept odor free. Complete with a full length zip to enable you to control your own ventilation, it also has a sweat proof zipped pocket, so your valuables won't get damaged.

Price: £80.00, available from Specialized.

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Primal's vibrant colourful Bold Red jersey is the perfect buy for the summer and is a great jersey for all types of riding. They've used no elastic on the waist or on the raglan sleeves, to give a nice relaxed fit, which is still close to the body.

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Complete with built in SPF 35, the jerseys lightweight SpeedPro material is great for wicking and dispersing any moisture from the surface of the skin. This one also has a 3/4 zipper for a little ventilation when you need it the most.

Price: £47.00, available from Primal.

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The Castelli Climbers jersey is the perfect companion for riding in hot weather. It's extremely lightweight and has excellent breathable qualities, complete with air mesh under arm bands to keep your sweatiest area nice and cool.

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The light mesh StradaPro 3D fabric is comfortable on the skin and has been built with a handy UPF 16. And even though white fabric can be pretty transparent, they've built a handy internal bustier to ensure nothing can be seen!

Price: £74.99, available from CycleSurgery.

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If you're looking for a funky summer style jersey to set you apart from the crowds, than this should be it. Constructed from moisture wicking fabric, its got a super UPF 30 built in.

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With a handy zipped pocket at the back to keep your belongings secure, the cut of the jersey is snug and figure hugging, with silicone grippers at the bottom to prevent it from riding up!

Complete with a full length zipper and reflective detailing, the price tag on this is incredible.

Price: £39.99, available from dhb.

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The Rapha Women's Souplesse Jersey doesn't compromise on its technical features. Constructed from a lightweight proprietary fabric with a soft matte finish, the jersey allows your skin can breath even in the warmest of riding conditions.

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They've built the jersey with SPF 50, to give you the ultimate protection on the road. With a close fitting cut, the flattering jersey is available in black, vibrant blue and a beautiful teal colour. Complete with a zipped pocket for your valuables and the classic reflective Rapha logo.

Price: 120.00, available from Rapha.

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As well as one of the best looking bike-themed jerseys on the market, the I Heart Bikes Jersey from Sugoi boasts a lot of good qualities for summer cycling.

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Constructed from a lightweight Finotech fabric, which instantly removes any moisture from your skin, you will be kept cool and dry wherever you ride. The loose fitting jersey features long raglan sleeves with a quirky striped design and has been built with a handy UPF 20.

Price: £59.99, available from Sugoi.