Rainbow jersey / マイヨ・アルカンシエル

February 28, 2012

1960, German Democratic Republic
Cycling World Championship

In international cycling events, you see a rare few athletes wearing this jersey – 5 coloured stripes on a white background. They are called Rainbow jerseys and only World Champions of the time are allowed to wear them, and only in the discipline in which they won the Championship.

This stamp shows a racer Gustav-Adolf Schur of East Germany (via), who was twice the winner of the World Road Race Championship in 1950s.

Those racers look proud of wearing the Rainbow jersey, but they are also fighting against the ‘Curse of the rainbow jersey‘ – the champions are always challenged by competitors.





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