The Art of The Jersey Book Giveaway Competition

Monday, 23 May 2016

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
Nick May 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Artur Ershov, Gazprom

Nicky May 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo

Tom May 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Michael Hepburn

Papuass May 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

Cormac May 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

Shepton May 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Cheng Ji -TGA

noel May 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Genki Yamamoto

maximflyer May 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Roger Kluge, IAM Cycling

J Evans May 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo – Vini Fantini

Chris May 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Albert Timmer

TGC May 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Robert Thomson

Tim May 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Ji Cheng?

Robbie White May 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Cheng Ji

Phonak May 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini

Ecky Thump May 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

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

Matt V May 23, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Ji Cheng – Giant Alpecin

Cheers Inrng – loving your work!

Alex Bevan May 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

My guess Eduard Michael Grosu of Nippo – Vini Fantini.

ANTONIO PRIETO May 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Jack Bobridge !!!

James Beechey May 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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

David Burkett May 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Murilo Fischer

Neil May 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE)

Ste Sawyer May 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Ji Cheng

ruiduarte16 May 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Genki Yamamoto, NVF

Bert Platt May 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Artur Ershov

Ron Obvious May 23, 2016 at 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 May 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Jack Bobridge

Connor Cooper May 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Murilo Antonio Fischer

Daniel May 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

Tim May 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini.

Tim Print May 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Jack Bobridge

SG May 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Ji Cheng x

Sytse May 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini.

Iano May 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Ji Cheng

Matt May 23, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Cheng Ji!

Edson Sobreira May 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Jack Bobridge – Trek Segafredo

Odilo Junior May 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Cheng Ji – Team Giant Alpecin

philip Norton May 23, 2016 at 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 May 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Albert Timmer

Cragomatic May 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Artur Ershov – Rusvelo.

allsideways May 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

Nicholas May 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Arthur Ershov

Thomas May 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

Tovarishch May 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Артём Овечкин
Artem Ovechkin

Tovarishch May 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Artyom Ovechkin

Leolo70 May 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Mickael Delage

Nels May 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo

Dr. May May 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Murilo Anotnio Fischer

CM May 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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

Felix May 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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

Ed Belam May 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Sven Tuft

wendy abbott May 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Ji Cheng

Yodi May 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Jack Bobridge, Trek Factory Racing.

Jarno May 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Svein Tuft

Vitus May 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Yamamoto Genki,
Nippo – Vini Fantini

Adam May 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm

Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

JT May 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Ji Cheng, Giant-Alpecin

Roffe May 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Carlos Betancur

rupert May 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

Nicholas May 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Murilo Antonio Fischer, FDJ

Grant Craven May 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti, Nippo – Vini Fantini

Ben Pitman May 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Jack Bobridge!

J May 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm


Sam H May 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Jack Bobridge

aelliot May 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Ji Cheng.

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

Sam Bewley

Mats May 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Pippo Pozzato (211)

Lanterne Verte May 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

Olivier Le Gac

2Singh May 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Jack Bobridge!

graham May 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Songezo Jim

Worzel May 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

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

Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

leonn May 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Cheng Ji from Team Giant – Alpecin

Harris Feldman May 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Ji Cheng

David P May 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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

Spofferoonie May 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Jack Bobridge

Alex222 May 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Ji Cheng

haps May 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

antonio murillo Fischer FDJ

Christoffer May 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Ji Cheng, Team Giant-Alpecin.

Paul May 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

gabriele May 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm


Martin May 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Svein Tuft – OGE

ZigaK May 23, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Mezgec Luka OGE May 23, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Ricardo Stacchiotti

Tom May 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

John Irvine May 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Nicola Boem. Gotta be an Italian, no?

AK May 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm

I’ll go with Genki Yamamoto.

Phil Bull May 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm

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

Simon May 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Genki Yamamoto

AndyRaff May 23, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Roger Kluge IAM Cycling

Jev May 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Artur Ershov

mirunj May 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ

MultiplexRant May 24, 2016 at 12:34 am

Blel Kadri.

tom douglas May 24, 2016 at 12:37 am

Jack Bobridge

MickR May 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

Riccardo Stacchiotti; Nippo – Vini Fantini

Francisco Nunes May 24, 2016 at 1:01 am

Murilo Antonio FISCHER

hoh May 24, 2016 at 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 May 24, 2016 at 1:51 am

Eduard Michael GROSU

Jurgen May 24, 2016 at 1:55 am

BOBRIDGE Jack Trek – Segafredo

Steve Potts May 24, 2016 at 2:49 am

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

Mike May 24, 2016 at 3:32 am

Michael Hepburn OGE

jinguangwei May 24, 2016 at 4:09 am

Ji Cheng – Giant Alpecin

SuperDom May 24, 2016 at 4:09 am

Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo – Vini Fantini

headasunder May 24, 2016 at 4:47 am

Jack Bobridge

MattF May 24, 2016 at 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 May 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

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

oohmeknees May 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

Roger Kluge IAM Cycling

Cascarinho May 24, 2016 at 7:16 am


Heavy May 24, 2016 at 8:16 am

Stein Tuft – OGE

Spatzy May 24, 2016 at 8:48 am

Genki Yamamoto – Vini Fantini

Joost May 24, 2016 at 8:54 am

Svein Tuft – orica greenedge

Anders May 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

Rick Zabel

deserthead May 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

Sam Bewley

Penfold May 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev

Anders May 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

Cheng Ji

Jon L May 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

Roger Kluge, IAM Cycling

JeSuisIAM May 24, 2016 at 9:51 am

Roger Kluge – IAM Cycling

denilzon May 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

Rhodri May 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

Svein Tuft – Orica-GreenEdge

Tom C May 24, 2016 at 10:58 am

Eduard Michael Grosu

Alper B May 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

Jack Bobridge, Trek Segafredo

Jorge May 24, 2016 at 11:53 am

Murilo Antonio FISCHER

Ronan May 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF

Thys May 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Ji Cheng

Ian S May 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Yenki Yamamoto

Andy Turnbull May 24, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

Stefano May 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Jack Bobridge – Trek – Segafredo

Alex G May 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Jim Songezo

Pauly May 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Roger Kluge – iam cycling

Joe Russell May 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Ji Cheng

Sean May 24, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Svein Tuft

Doz12 May 24, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Cheng Ji

Espresso May 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Artur Ershov, Gazprom-Rusvelo

Karl May 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm

I’m going with Genki Yamamoto

Rod May 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm


Naomi May 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm


Allan May 25, 2016 at 8:24 am

Jack Bobridge

Mario May 25, 2016 at 8:30 am

Bobridge Jack

Sam May 25, 2016 at 9:08 am

Luka Mezgec

Anders May 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

Augie March May 25, 2016 at 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 May 25, 2016 at 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 May 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Riccardo Stacchiotti

peter mcilduff May 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data

Andy G May 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Stacchiotti, Nippo VF

Kit May 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

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

Andrew Mawby May 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

Svein Tuft.

Steve Barnard May 26, 2016 at 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 May 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Jack Bobridge

Chris J May 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Jack Bobridge, Trek-Segafredo.

Eric May 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Tuft. Canada represent.

Graham May 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Cheng Ji

Joel May 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Jack Bobridge, Trek – Segafredo

Gareth May 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm

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

GeorgeY May 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Jack Bonfire to win la maglia nera !

GeorgeY May 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

Bobridge (damned spellchecker)

PedalCan May 27, 2016 at 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 May 27, 2016 at 3:18 am

Eduard Michael Grosu Nippo – Vini Fantini

Scott Williams May 27, 2016 at 3:29 am

Michael Hepburn

Cam May 27, 2016 at 6:04 am

Jack Bobridge

Remme May 27, 2016 at 6:49 am

Porsev – Katusha
Great blog!

David P May 27, 2016 at 7:24 am

Rick Zabel

Favad May 27, 2016 at 8:38 am

Jack bobridge

Geraint May 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

Jack Bobridge for me

Bodsey May 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

Jack Bobridge

the other Nick May 27, 2016 at 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 May 30, 2016 at 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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