the curse of the yellow jersey?

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by gavroche, 19 Jul 2012.

  1. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

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    Looking back over the years, it seems that wearing the yellow jersey may be harmful to your life. All the following riders have worn the yellow jersey in past tdf. They all died young: koblet 39, Coppi 41, Fignon 50, Bobet 58 and Anquetil 53. It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
     
  2. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

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    Nope.
     
  3. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    It's actually possible from similar data that Bobet is not unusual at all. The life expectancy at birth from 1925 was a lot lower than it is now. Some data suggests he lived to a completely average age for the time and some other suggests he may even have exceeded it.
     
  4. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Five riders in one hundred and nine years of the Tour de France seems like good odds to me. Next you'll be telling me a lot of famous musicians died at 29...
     
  5. OP
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    gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

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    It is actually 99 tdf as it didn't run during the two world wars.
     
  6. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    <pedant>Which is why I said 'in 109 years of the TDF' rather than 'in 109 tours'.</pedant>
     
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  7. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    There are more than those 5 that died at those sorts of ages (I can think of at least another three). However as I said for quite a few of them back then the life expectancy was substantially lower than it is today.
     
  8. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

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    *phew* I'm glad I clicked this thread and didn't discover it to be a Spoiler thread! Was half expecting news of Wiggo being snatched off his bike by a Yeti in Today's mountain stage or summit...
     
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  9. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I think you'll find that there are considerably more riders who have worn the yellow jersey in the past. Some of them will also have died young, some by natural means and others due to suicide or misadventure.
     
  10. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

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    Marco Pantani and Tom Simpson died young too, I wonder why :whistle:
     
  11. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    If you google "the curse of the yellow jersey?" and look at the results then you'll see just how much of a curse it is. :laugh:
     
  12. PaulB

    PaulB Guru

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    Robert Millar had a sincerely held belief that he was going to die at 51. He believed the Chinese had it right by claiming the human body has a capacity of x-number of heart beats, after which, death! Millar did some calculations and thought that his heart-rate in training and racing would get him up to the 'required number' faster than had he lived a sedentary life. I know he didn't win the yellow jersey BTW, I'm just pointing out the belief that severe exercise/training/racing regimes exists in some quarters.
     
  13. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Kurt Cobain had a stripey jumper. Does he count?
     
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  14. festival

    festival Über Member

    Rubbish.
     
  15. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    He was 27 when he died...
     
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