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pink jerseys for ONCE and MERCATONE(7 posts)

pink jerseys for ONCE and MERCATONEsurfamtn
Jul 24, 2001 9:49 AM
is their some regulation that teams in the TDF cant wear yellow? I noticed that ONCE who normaly wears yellow is always in Pink during the tour, I have noticed the same with MERCATONE-UNO. Does anybody have any insight?
Jul 24, 2001 9:55 AM
There can be only 1 yellow jersey in the Tour. All teams that normally wear yellow have to switch to something else, typically either pink or black (I don't know why they seem to choose those two).
Yes... But I recall ONCE wearing yellow last year.Pogliaghi
Jul 25, 2001 8:54 PM
Yes... But I recall ONCE wearing yellow last year.TJeanloz
Jul 26, 2001 9:44 AM
That was in the TTT, rules don't apply for TT's- because there's no chance of confusing a guy in yellow for 'the' guy in yellow. For the most part ONCE was in black with yellow highlights last year.
re: pink jerseys for ONCE and MERCATONEGW Rider
Jul 24, 2001 2:57 PM
Mercatone-Uno wore Pink last year in the TdF and a Yellow kit during the Giro. Just the opposite of the leader's colors in those respective races.
Two ObservationsBiGMiG
Jul 24, 2001 7:16 PM
You would think they could clue the team fashion designers in on these rules so they avoid pink and yellow as a teams major jersey color?

I think all the pink in the peleton turn off US guys who may just be learning about the sport (instead of watching NA'CAR). They are like, "what is the deal with all those guys wearing spandex...and what is the deal with those solid pink jerseys. put it back on the WWF"

I can't think of one American football,baseball,basketball or nascar team that is comprised mostly of pink. Just an observation.
A major difference...TJeanloz
Jul 26, 2001 9:48 AM
In cycling, unlike most American sports (NASCAR excluded- and they've had some pretty gay paint jobs), the sole purpose of a team is advertising. Which means that they have to wear something visible and attention getting. Yellow is an obvious choice because it gets attention. And also, because of the Tour, bike spectators sort of naturally gravitate towards trying to find "the yellow jersey" in any race. To a lesser degree pink, because of its relationship to the Giro.