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Currently catching up with the World Cup event over the weekend and started to wonder...

There are specific jerseys for almost everything in cycling except for one thing: The Olympics.

Is it purely due to the 4 year cycle? Or something else?

Anyone know why?

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Shades [453 posts] 3 months ago
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Suppose it's the same as one day races eg Paris Roubaix; there's just a trophy but no special jersey.  Probably best that only the reigning world and national champions (in that event) gets to display their rainbow hoops/national colours at other races, or else it could get out of hand eg reigning TdF champion gets to sport a yellow jersey at other events.  Road cycling was based around national teams years ago so a bit of a 'legacy' from that era.

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JohnnyRemo [288 posts] 3 months ago
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Olympics have never been as important to "traditional" cycling nations as the Worlds and were amatuer until 20-odd years ago. Recent RR champs, (Sammy Sanchez, GVA) have adopted gold highlights on their bike and kit.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2828 posts] 3 months ago
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JohnnyRemo wrote:

Olympics have never been as important to "traditional" cycling nations as the Worlds and were amatuer until 20-odd years ago. Recent RR champs, (Sammy Sanchez, GVA) have adopted gold highlights on their bike and kit.

Your statement is only true for road racing, not track. Though obviously women didn't have the Olympics on track or road until relatively recently. 

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JohnnyRemo [288 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
JohnnyRemo wrote:

Olympics have never been as important to "traditional" cycling nations as the Worlds and were amatuer until 20-odd years ago. Recent RR champs, (Sammy Sanchez, GVA) have adopted gold highlights on their bike and kit.

Your statement is only true for road racing, not track. Though obviously women didn't have the Olympics on track or road until relatively recently. 

French, Belgian, Italians, Spanish have always put Worlds over Olympics track or road. Same way we in UK think of Olympic football compared to World Cup or Euros.

 

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The Rake [94 posts] 2 months ago
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Pascal Richard, who won the 1996 road race, incorporated the Olympic Rings into his team jersey (Casino I think)

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CygnusX1 [1137 posts] 2 months ago
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Who needs a jersey when you have a bike with this much bling?

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JohnnyRemo [288 posts] 2 months ago
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The Rake wrote:

Pascal Richard, who won the 1996 road race, incorporated the Olympic Rings into his team jersey (Casino I think)

//autobus.cyclingnews.com/photos/1998/oct/pascalrichard.jpg)

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Organon [192 posts] 2 months ago
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Sammy Sanchez won in 2008 and wore gold shoes after that, until, well, um... 

But he was replaced by the 2012 champi -oh. 

Greg -uh,

Lets not have a road race at the Olympics, just save it for the Spring Classics.

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Pilot Pete [103 posts] 1 month ago
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Oh stop it lindar, we don’t want your cheap, nasty, knock off kit. Go away.

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dave atkinson [6483 posts] 1 month ago
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Pilot Pete wrote:

Oh stop it lindar, we don’t want your cheap, nasty, knock off kit. Go away.

he has gone away now.