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He Hate Me takes the Yellow Jersey(9 posts)

He Hate Me takes the Yellow JerseyThe UnReal DonS
Apr 25, 2001 1:33 PM
Thought this might make an interesting topic for discussion...Why don't pro teams put the name of each rider on their jerseys? Your thoughts?
Some haveJ.S.
Apr 25, 2001 1:51 PM
Mercatone Uno did this for the "98" season. Most teams probably don't because of the cost of seperate sizes with names for each rider. XFL is not sports.
XFL isn't entertainment either! (nm)The UnReal DonS
Apr 25, 2001 2:28 PM
The first instanceJiggy
Apr 25, 2001 2:13 PM
can be attributed to "American Flyers" (the movie). Indeed Mercatone and Mapei tried it out in 1999, but it never caught on. It's not like you would see it anyways, on their backs and mixed in with all the sponsor logos. Plus, they must go through dozens of jerseys each year.
Have you ever triedmike mcmahon
Apr 25, 2001 2:17 PM
to fit a Czechoslovakian name on the back of a cycling jersey?
If I'm not mistaken...tommyb
Apr 25, 2001 5:55 PM
The UCI doesn't permit it. I vaguely remember there being some controversy about it several years ago. But that was back when riders were also fined for not wearing all black shorts. I don't know if they've relaxed any or all of the uniform standards. I guess that according to the UCI, since Eddy didn't have his name on his jersey, today's cyclists shouldn't either.
Club buddy recognitionSimpleGreen
Apr 25, 2001 8:04 PM
I recognize some people faster by looking at their bike! Names on jerseys just doesn't seem like it fits cycling. Maybe it's because jerseys are so friggin expensive! Mostly I think it's because euro sports change according to geologic time scales.

Club buddy recognitionThe UnReal DonS
Apr 26, 2001 3:13 AM
You're probably right about europeans being slow to change, although they certainly didn't waste any time making team jersey's look like they'd be equally at home at the Daytona 500! Money can certainly change tradition. Not that sponsorship is a bad thing, it brings money into the sport and allows riders to make a living at the professional level.
They will, as soon as . . .LAIrish
Apr 26, 2001 9:40 AM
the riders start paying sponsorship money.

Think about it. Why would a cycling team use valuable space, which could otherwise be sold to a sponsor, just to identify the cyclist?

Besides, anybody who cares who the cyclist is probably already knows.