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The Curse of the Rainbow Jersey: Cycling's Most Infamous Superstition Paperback – 21 May 2013

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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621240010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621240013
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Curse of the Rainbow Jersey "is a peculiar lens on the history of professional cycling. It examines the infamous curse associated with wearers of the tunic awarded to the winner of the World Cycling Championships.The opening chapters look at how the curse originated with the death of Stan Ockers in 1955, other famous sports curses (including Curse of the Bambino, the US Masters Par 3 curse, and the curse placed on the Australian soccer team by a witch doctor), and also the history of the world cycling championships.The main body of the book is comprised of chapters dedicated to particular wearers of the rainbow jersey who were struck by misfortune, personal tragedy, or death. Examples include Paolo Bettini, whose brother died in a car crash on the way to a party to celebrate Paolo's win; Jean-Pierre Monsere, who died in a race while wearing the jersey; and Tommy Simpson, who died while racing two years after being crowned champion.The ill fortune visited upon wearers of the rainbow jersey is bizarre and tragic; but is it anything more than random chance? The final chapter of the book evaluates whether this level of bad luck is higher than for any other sample of humanity.A chilling look at the history of cycling, sure to fascinate any fan of the sport.Graham Healy is a cyclist and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland.

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This book looks at stories of those who have won the rainbow jersey and then suffered poor luck.

The stories were gripping and entertaining whilst also converying some of the hardships of being a professional cyclist. I would definately recommend to fellow cyclists.

As the book points out though, professional cycling is a risky sport and luck has run out for many not just the rainbow jersey!
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Really! Why on earth did Healy bother to write this? And why on earth did the publisher bother to take it on board? If this had been a two- or three-part series in one of the cycling magazines, it would have worked, but as a book it contributes nothing whatsoever to the literature.
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We bought this book for a friend's birthday and he said it was very good and he enjoyed reading it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x932b645c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x8b776f24) out of 5 stars Great book by Graham Healy 28 Sept. 2013
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This was a great and quick read by Graham Healy, I had trouble putting it down once I picked it up. It is a great book for anyone interesting in the history of cycling or the Rainbow jersey. Chapeau Graham!
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HASH(0x8b7c5684) out of 5 stars very good reading 11 Aug. 2013
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good insight into the "superstitions" of professional riders. I recommend to all fans of racing a bike

Enjoy reading "legendary" anecdotes
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