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The Art of The Jersey Book Giveaway Competition

Art of The Jersey

The Art of The Jersey book celebrates the jerseys of the peloton over the years and the publisher has sent two copies meaning one for review and one to give away. To enter simply pick who will be the last rider on the general classification when the Giro d’Italia finishes on Sunday.

Why the last rider?
For starters it’s a question that cannot be googled but there’s a textile twist and a tale to tell because in the Giro d’Italia the last rider overall is sometimes referred to as the maglia nera, the black jersey. Between 1946 to 1951 the last rider on the overall classification was awarded a distinctive jersey to wear during the race.

One of the intriguing aspects of cycling is that last place can be a cause for celebration and achievement, a rarity in sports where sometimes second place is the first loser. In a grand tour merely completing the course is a satisfaction and the slowest rider has often battled injury and illness as well as gravity. Max Leonard’s book Lanterne Rouge is a good account of the Tour de France’s last place finishers.

In the Giro last place mattered tremendously for a while and the maglia nera was worth fighting for, or at least it proved better to be last than second last. John Foot’s chronicle of Italian cycling Pedalare ! Pedalare ! tells the story well, in particular as Luigi Malabrocca and Luigi Carollo vied for last place. They set about it with amusing professionalism: Carollo wore two watches so he could be sure of just finishing inside the daily cut-off time as the idea was to come in as late as possible but no later; Malabrocca was once asked by a fan to collect Fausto Coppi’s signature but replied he didn’t what Coppi looked like who to look for because Coppi was up the road and he was far behind. Both would hide behind bushes, under bridges and in cafés. Malabrocca once hid inside an agricultural water tank at which point an alarmed farmer asked what on earth was going on. “Riding the Giro d’Italia” came Malabrocca’s reply. Novelist, poet and Giro correspondent Dino Buzzati wrote the last placed rider was “the standard bearer for all the destitute and needy on this earth“. As Foot says this jersey even had a political context in post-War Italy after the defeat of fascism: once a symbol of power the black shirt was now for the “loser” and it lives on, Foot writes that today Malabrocca’s name has been appropriated by the Slow Food movement in Italy. The last maglia nera was awarded in 1951 to Giovanni Pinarello who hung up his wheels soon after and opened the bike shop that spawned the eponymous brand.

To be in with a chance of winning this book simply pick who you think will last on the general classification when the race finishes in Turin this Sunday and leave your pick in the comments below. It’s not an easy pick because some of stragglers now are bound to get eliminated or quit in the following days.

The rules bit

  • Entries close on Friday at midday Euro time
  • Only entries in the comments below count, emails and tweets won’t be reviewed
  • You can leave a name, pseudonym as you like but don’t have to fill in the email field before posting a comment, this is not an email harvesting exercise masquerading as a giveaway
  • In the event multiple correct picks the names will go into a random draw and one winner will be picked. If nobody picks right then the closest pick wins

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  • Nick Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:21 pm

    Artur Ershov, Gazprom

  • Nicky Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:30 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo

  • Tom Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:35 pm

    Michael Hepburn

  • Papuass Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:36 pm

    Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

  • Cormac Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:37 pm

    Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

  • Shepton Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:38 pm

    Cheng Ji -TGA

  • noel Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:48 pm

    Genki Yamamoto

  • maximflyer Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:49 pm

    Roger Kluge, IAM Cycling

  • J Evans Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:57 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Chris Monday, 23 May 2016, 3:57 pm

    Albert Timmer

  • TGC Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:01 pm

    Robert Thomson

  • Tim Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:01 pm

    Ji Cheng?

  • Robbie White Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:04 pm

    Cheng Ji

  • Phonak Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:15 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Ecky Thump Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:17 pm

    Murilo Antonio Fischer (sorry, if you’re reading Murilo old chap)

  • Matt V Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:19 pm

    Ji Cheng – Giant Alpecin

    Cheers Inrng – loving your work!

  • Alex Bevan Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:26 pm

    My guess Eduard Michael Grosu of Nippo – Vini Fantini.

  • ANTONIO PRIETO Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:27 pm

    Jack Bobridge !!!

  • James Beechey Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:28 pm

    Ershov – Gazprom (last on the MTT and doesn’t like the hills?)

  • David Burkett Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:28 pm

    Murilo Fischer

  • Neil Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:28 pm

    Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE)

  • Ste Sawyer Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:30 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • ruiduarte16 Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:32 pm

    Genki Yamamoto, NVF

  • Bert Platt Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:33 pm

    Artur Ershov

  • Ron Obvious Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:35 pm

    Ji Cheng is the automatic choice, but since he’s heavily backed already I’ll throw my vote on Murilo Fischer instead, hoping he will fight all the way to Torino.

  • Diego Garay Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:37 pm

    Jack Bobridge

  • Connor Cooper Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:37 pm

    Murilo Antonio Fischer

  • Daniel Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:41 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • Tim Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:41 pm

    Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini.

  • Tim Print Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:43 pm

    Jack Bobridge

  • SG Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:43 pm

    Ji Cheng x

  • Sytse Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:45 pm

    Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini.

  • Iano Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:46 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • Matt Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:51 pm

    Cheng Ji!

  • Edson Sobreira Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:59 pm

    Jack Bobridge – Trek Segafredo

  • Odilo Junior Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:00 pm

    Cheng Ji – Team Giant Alpecin

  • philip Norton Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:04 pm

    Artur Ershov, Gazprom-Rusvelo
    He’s 165th and last as I write and it’s hard to see him making up over 2 minutes on Bobridge. So I’m just “hoping” he makes the time cuts and doesn’t fall off……

  • Gian Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:07 pm

    Albert Timmer

  • Cragomatic Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:15 pm

    Artur Ershov – Rusvelo.

  • allsideways Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:16 pm

    Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

  • Nicholas Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:16 pm

    Arthur Ershov

  • Thomas Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:38 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • Tovarishch Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:40 pm

    Артём Овечкин
    Artem Ovechkin

  • Tovarishch Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:41 pm

    Artyom Ovechkin

  • Leolo70 Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:41 pm

    Mickael Delage

  • Nels Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:43 pm

    Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo

  • Dr. May Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:46 pm

    Murilo Anotnio Fischer

  • CM Monday, 23 May 2016, 5:49 pm

    Big Hearted Arthur – Artur Ershov; if a World Champion track cyclist can get through the mountains in tact.

  • Felix Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:01 pm

    Genki Yamamoto
    Picking the last is some sort of Italian Time-Cut Roulette.

  • Ed Belam Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:01 pm

    Sven Tuft

  • wendy abbott Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:02 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • Yodi Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:02 pm

    Jack Bobridge, Trek Factory Racing.

  • Jarno Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:10 pm

    Svein Tuft

  • Vitus Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:15 pm

    Yamamoto Genki,
    Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Adam Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:18 pm

    Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

  • JT Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:22 pm

    Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

  • Roffe Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:22 pm

    Carlos Betancur

  • rupert Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:29 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • Nicholas Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:30 pm

    Murilo Antonio Fischer, FDJ

  • Grant Craven Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:41 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Ben Pitman Monday, 23 May 2016, 6:50 pm

    Jack Bobridge!

  • J Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:21 pm

    Stacchiotti

  • Sam H Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:22 pm

    Jack Bobridge

  • aelliot Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:23 pm

    Ji Cheng.

  • A.O.K Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:28 pm

    Sam Bewley

  • Mats Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:31 pm

    Pippo Pozzato (211)

  • Lanterne Verte Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:47 pm

    Olivier Le Gac

  • 2Singh Monday, 23 May 2016, 7:56 pm

    Jack Bobridge!

  • graham Monday, 23 May 2016, 8:10 pm

    Songezo Jim

  • Worzel Monday, 23 May 2016, 8:13 pm

    Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

  • Rapha' Quick Step Monday, 23 May 2016, 8:31 pm

    Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

  • leonn Monday, 23 May 2016, 8:32 pm

    Cheng Ji from Team Giant – Alpecin

  • Harris Feldman Monday, 23 May 2016, 8:47 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • David P Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:00 pm

    Vincenzo Nibali, obviously. Can’t believe nobody else has picked him yet 🙂

  • Spofferoonie Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:03 pm

    Jack Bobridge

  • Alex222 Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:04 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • haps Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:18 pm

    antonio murillo Fischer FDJ

  • Christoffer Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:30 pm

    Ji Cheng, Team Giant-Alpecin.

  • Paul Monday, 23 May 2016, 9:54 pm

    Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

  • gabriele Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:20 pm

    Stacchiotti

  • Martin Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:23 pm

    Svein Tuft – OGE

  • ZigaK Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:40 pm

    Mezgec Luka OGE

  • Peloton.pl Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:40 pm

    Ricardo Stacchiotti

  • Tom Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:48 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • John Irvine Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:57 pm

    Nicola Boem. Gotta be an Italian, no?

  • AK Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:59 pm

    I’ll go with Genki Yamamoto.

  • Phil Bull Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:05 pm

    Entries close on Friday. There are 3 stages before Friday. And there are nearly 80 entries already?

  • Simon Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:19 pm

    Genki Yamamoto

  • AndyRaff Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:30 pm

    Roger Kluge IAM Cycling

  • Jev Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:40 pm

    Artur Ershov

  • mirunj Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:04 am

    Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ

  • MultiplexRant Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:34 am

    Blel Kadri.

  • tom douglas Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:37 am

    Jack Bobridge

  • MickR Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:47 am

    Riccardo Stacchiotti; Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Francisco Nunes Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:01 am

    Murilo Antonio FISCHER

  • hoh Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:23 am

    Ji, Cheng – Giant Alpecin

    Have to back my fellow country man. Though he never honoured me over the years in this competition.

  • Cycle95 Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:51 am

    Eduard Michael GROSU

  • Jurgen Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:55 am

    BOBRIDGE Jack Trek – Segafredo

  • Steve Potts Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 2:49 am

    I will go for Jack BOBRIDGE of Trek Segafredo (though my heart says Ji Cheng)

  • Mike Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:32 am

    Michael Hepburn OGE

  • jinguangwei Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:09 am

    Ji Cheng – Giant Alpecin

  • SuperDom Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:09 am

    Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • headasunder Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:47 am

    Jack Bobridge

  • MattF Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 5:57 am

    Jack Bobridge. A risky choice maybe as he has never completed a grand tour. For one so talented and, now quite an experienced pro, this in itself is remarkable.

  • Hiddenwheel Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 6:00 am

    Bobridge leads out nizzoli to win the last stage. Finishing last on GC himself. While wearing a Castelli gabba jacket.

  • oohmeknees Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 7:01 am

    Roger Kluge IAM Cycling

  • Cascarinho Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 7:16 am

    Delage.

  • Heavy Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 8:16 am

    Stein Tuft – OGE

  • Spatzy Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 8:48 am

    Genki Yamamoto – Vini Fantini

  • Joost Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 8:54 am

    Svein Tuft – orica greenedge

  • Anders Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:20 am

    Rick Zabel

  • deserthead Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:29 am

    Sam Bewley

  • Penfold Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:37 am

    Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev

  • Anders Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:46 am

    Cheng Ji

  • Jon L Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:46 am

    Roger Kluge, IAM Cycling

  • JeSuisIAM Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:51 am

    Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

  • denilzon Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:31 am

    Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

  • Rhodri Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:54 am

    Svein Tuft – Orica-GreenEdge

  • Tom C Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:58 am

    Eduard Michael Grosu

  • Alper B Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:30 am

    Jack Bobridge, Trek Segafredo

  • Jorge Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:53 am

    Murilo Antonio FISCHER

  • Ronan Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:57 am

    Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF

  • Thys Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:59 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • Ian S Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:02 pm

    Yenki Yamamoto

  • Andy Turnbull Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:55 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • Stefano Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 2:27 pm

    Jack Bobridge – Trek – Segafredo

  • Alex G Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 2:33 pm

    Jim Songezo

  • Pauly Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 2:42 pm

    Roger Kluge – iam cycling

  • Joe Russell Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:44 pm

    Ji Cheng

  • Sean Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:41 pm

    Svein Tuft

  • Doz12 Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 5:20 pm

    Cheng Ji

  • Espresso Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 5:54 pm

    Artur Ershov, Gazprom-Rusvelo

  • Karl Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 6:02 pm

    I’m going with Genki Yamamoto

  • Rod Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 7:47 pm

    Tuft

  • Naomi Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:15 pm

    Bobridge

  • Allan Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 8:24 am

    Jack Bobridge

  • Mario Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 8:30 am

    Bobridge Jack

  • Sam Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 9:08 am

    Luka Mezgec

  • Anders Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:09 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • Augie March Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 5:42 pm

    Like the famous admiral who bears his name, I fear that Genki Yamamoto will be shot down to last place.

    • The Inner Ring Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 7:06 pm

      That still counts as a pick. His name translates as “foothill” or “foot of the mountain” which does not bode well for the high mountains to come.

  • EkItaRoe Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 8:11 pm

    Riccardo Stacchiotti

  • peter mcilduff Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 9:02 pm

    Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data

  • Andy G Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:00 pm

    Stacchiotti, Nippo VF

  • Kit Thursday, 26 May 2016, 12:38 am

    Just like everyone else, I’ll pick former lanterne rouge Ji Cheng.

  • Andrew Mawby Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:53 am

    Svein Tuft.

  • Steve Barnard Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:05 pm

    It’s Jack Bobridge’s to lose this year. His rivals will have to lose a lot of time over the next few stages if they want to be last. Jack has got riding along at the back of the peloton down to a fine art. From there he can cover all the moves from all the others looking for the prestigious last place.

  • henrique d'avila Thursday, 26 May 2016, 6:12 pm

    Jack Bobridge

  • Chris J Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:00 pm

    Jack Bobridge, Trek-Segafredo.

  • Eric Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:10 pm

    Tuft. Canada represent.

  • Graham Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:16 pm

    Cheng Ji

  • Joel Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:30 pm

    Jack Bobridge, Trek – Segafredo

  • Gareth Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:06 pm

    Jack Bobridge – Trek – Segafredo Can’t see him being eliminated or taking time back.

  • GeorgeY Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:59 pm

    Jack Bonfire to win la maglia nera !

  • GeorgeY Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:01 am

    Bobridge (damned spellchecker)

  • PedalCan Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:38 am

    Svein Tuft. A patriotic choice for the maglia nera! As a Canadian tifoso, it feels like coming full circle after Ryder’s ride in 2012…

  • Shawn Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:18 am

    Eduard Michael Grosu Nippo – Vini Fantini

  • Scott Williams Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:29 am

    Michael Hepburn

  • Cam Friday, 27 May 2016, 6:04 am

    Jack Bobridge

  • Remme Friday, 27 May 2016, 6:49 am

    Porsev – Katusha
    Great blog!

  • David P Friday, 27 May 2016, 7:24 am

    Rick Zabel

  • Favad Friday, 27 May 2016, 8:38 am

    Jack bobridge

  • Geraint Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:25 am

    Jack Bobridge for me

  • Bodsey Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:13 am

    Jack Bobridge

  • the other Nick Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:25 am

    I think it’ll be Bobridge, but too many others have gone for him, so I’ll say Grosu of Vini Fantini

  • The Inner Ring Monday, 30 May 2016, 4:56 pm

    Thanks to all for taking part. Jack Bobridge was last, the Australian hauled himself around Italy and did his best to help Nizzolo’s quest for a stage win.

    The winner picked at random is… drumroll…

    Ben Pitman

    (please get in touch by email and I’ll send you the book)

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