Christmas Holiday Quiz

40 questions and loyal readers will know the drill. Some are easy, some will defeat Google and a few of the answers give us a sideways look at the sport…

1. Who is the strong rider above capable of pulling (a sleigh) all day?

2. Dressed in red and white he makes his way through the snow. Which pro cyclist is this?

3. Name a pro cyclist born on 25 December?

That Was The Year That Was
4. Cite two pro cyclists who were married to each other in 2023?

5. Who changed teams this year after they’d shot and killed a government minister’s cat?

6. Who sowed the seeds of Discord and played a part in a team mate swapping squads mid-season?

7. Who won a sprint with only one foot clipped into the pedals?

8. Who was lanterne rouge in the Tour de France?

9. Who was lanterne rouge in the Tour de France Femmes?

10. What happened at the place above?

The Bleak (North Hemisphere) Winter

11. Is cyclo-cross eligible for the winter Olympics?

12. Is there a set temperature for the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol to kick in if things are cold?

13. Many are riding indoors. What’s the world record for the longest single ride recorded on Zwift?


14. How many hairpins are there between the foot of Alpe d’Huez and the regular Tour de France finish line?

15. List three pros who share their name with a regional capital city.

16. Name a race called off in 2023 because of snow or ice.

Chief Commissaire

17. Can a rider on one team help a rider from another team during a race, such as giving them a drink or a spare wheel?

18. What determines the order of team cars in the race convoy in a Monument?

19. What’s the penalty for a “sticky bottle” during a grand tour?

20. A rider is leading the mountains competition in a stage race and shows up with polka dot shorts, is this allowed?

Away from the bike
21. Which World Tour team manager has a large stamp collection?

22. Name a race where two qualified doctors stood on the podium this year?

23. Which Paris-Roubaix winner entered politics this year?

24. Which of the last two editions of the Tour de France have seen the overall leader change on the final day?

25. The Col de la Couillole is the final climb of the 2024 Tour de France, when did it first feature in the Tour?

26. Which of the five Monuments didn’t start as a newspaper publicity stunt?

27. Lotto have been sponsoring a Belgian pro cycling squad since the 1980s. But which sponsor has the longest unbroken run in the World Tour?


28. No it’s not an AI image. Can you name the two ex-pros on the front?

29. Which retired rider – hint: a World Tour stage race winner – recently spent a month jailed inside a castle?

30. Name a pro cyclist who became more famous for their non-cycling achievements rather than their sporting career.

31. What’s the top rate of income tax in Andorra?

32. Which World Tour team sponsor makes additives to turn farmed salmon pink?

33. Guimeng is a manufacturer that has supplied teams over the years with what?

34. Maria-Elizabeth Schaeffler-Thumann controls which team equipment supplier and Tour de France  and Giro sponsor?


35. Whose cat is this?

36. Which national road race champion keeps a horse?

37. Who has a husky called Houna?

Picture round

38. Name the rider suggested above

39. Name the rider suggested above

40. Name the rider suggested above

The Prize
Made it to the end? If you want to have a go, post your answers in the comments below. Readers can collectively crowdsource their way together. The most correct answers get wins a small prize.

Small print: the deadline is midday Euro Time on Friday 29 December. The most correct answers wins and if there’s a tie then a name gets picked at random. As ever people can copy off each other which spoils the point but readers enjoyably more often collaborate than argue so together there’s a way to get plenty of answers. And if you want to deploy an eleventh hour copy-paste job… well that’s cycling for you, you can toil into the wind only for someone wheelsucker to sprint past in the finishing straight. Merry Christmas and Happy holidays…

33 thoughts on “Christmas Holiday Quiz”

  1. I won’t name any i don’t know of my head in in the words of sergeant Shultz “I know nothing”. (TV reference and i wonder how many have don’t know the show not having come from an english speaking country)

    3. I didn’t know any so i won’t name anu here but i looked it up on pcs and they had 239 listed including 27 active riders. 4 aussie and 1 kiwi only of which really only 1 was an actual pro who made a living from racing.
    Only 2 current riders had more than 100 pcs points and there was only 1 current rider i knew the name of.
    6. Gaudu.
    10, i think that where van der poel fell.
    11. i don’t think it is because it does not take place only on snow or ice. Of course for the olympics money is more important than tradition so rules can be changed.
    12. don’t think so. Probably should not be. -2 C is normally fine for riding here in gippsland Australia but in other countries or on a mountain you might have black ice, snow or sleet. So other conditionscab be more important than the temperature.
    13. My record is about 30 minutes before boredom overcomes me.
    14. 21
    17. No. Well actually yes its just against the rules (reference porte got wheel from fellow aussie rider)
    18. Last years best placed rider in the team (total guess here).
    19, I have seen anything from 20 second penalty but i think it can vary.
    24. Must be femme edition. I will guess 2023 tdf femme.
    31 i thought it was zero so i looked it up to confirm but i was wrong they do have a tax.
    32. ineos i will guess simply because they are a chemical company.
    34. Unsure but looking her up is amazing that so much money can be made making such a basic item (bearings).
    38. jack haig
    39. is it weird that i have more clue who a 2000 year old statue is but no idea who the modern pop star is unless its an older Madonna.

  2. 3. Luke Plapp
    5. Antonio Tiberi
    8. Michael Morkov
    9. Marjolein Van ‘T Geloof
    10. At a guess: MVDP fell off at the WC?
    11. No, it’s not held on snow or ice (Val di Sole WC the exception proving the rule)
    14. 21
    15. Magnus SHEFFIELD (Yorkshire), Pello BILBAO (Basque Country), Jonathan MILAN (Lombardy)
    17. No
    18. It’s “the order of the ranking of starting riders on the last UCI World men individual ranking (for UCI WorldTour events) or UCI Women’s WorldTour individual ranking (for UCI Women’s WorldTour events)”
    22. Swiss Women’s National Road Champs: 1st and 3rd (Reusser and Chubby)
    24. Neither? Maybe I am missing something here…
    25. 1975
    30. Hubert Opperman, or maybe Gino Bartali
    31. 10%
    33. Chains
    34. Continental
    38. Jack Haig
    40. Matteo Jorgenson

  3. In reply to an earlier comment
    Vittotia Gasteiz is the capital of the pais vasco. Bilbao is the capital of vizcaya, one of the four provinces of the paisvasco.

    Sheffield is not a regional capital. The old county of Yorkshire was abolished in the mid seventies and anyway for administrative purposes was divided into the three ridings with Wakefield being the capital of the west riding. South Yorkshire was created but was administered from Barnsley and not Sheffield. When south Yorkshire was abolished Sheffield became a standalone metropolitan area.

    • Sheffield is in fact the administration centre of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, created in 2022. I know this because I live there and we can vote for a local mayor who gets ignored as usual by Tories, most of whom will soon experience a sudden wave of redundancy which will make the extremes of Thatcher versus British industry look like JV 2022 versus humanity. Merry Xmas and a better, hopefully Trump and Putin and war-free New Year everyone.

      • Thanks for the info steve
        . I left south Yorkshire in 2011 and obviously not as up to date on local government administration as I thought I was. I stand corrected though this combined authority doesn’t seem to have as extensive powers and responsibilities that the old county of south yorkshire had. I stand corrected. Thanks agsin

  4. I’ll go stage racing, although this is good for “rivals”:
    1. Reinders (ouch, humour alert)
    2. Felix Gall
    3. Basso and Moser! Leonardo, I mean (if you need an active pro), and Moreno, of course.
    4. Sepp Kuss and Noemi Ferré although the latter already retired as a pro, I think
    5. Antonio Tiberi shot and killed the cat of a San Marino’s minister with an airgun, which had him fired from Trek when the event finally made the news for court reasons. Apparently, Bahrain had no issues with this sort of biopolitical violence, so… (just joking).
    6. Gaudu had Démare away from the TDF (with such a poor sprinting’s field…) and then moved to Arkéa. It was shocking because Démare was one of the hyper-French “flagship” riders of FDJ, iconic with his NC jersey which he wore like half of the time between 2014 and 2020, plus the team where he had spent a dozen years, hiw whole career since trainee days. But the attitude and behaviours which had Gaudu fed up weren’t an issue to be taken lightly, either.
    7. De Lie at Famenne Ardenne classic, but Sagan also won st. 3 at 2017 TDF after unclipping, although in this case he got the shoe clipped back before the line.
    8. Mørkøv
    9. Van’ T Geloof
    10. Where van der Poel crashed into the barriers during his decisive solo attack at the Worlds, only to duly get back on his bike and pedal on to the victory.
    11. No, it *can* take place on snow and ice, but it doesn’t *have to*, so for now it’s not eligible.
    12. Unspecified (I think the rule simply says “extreme temperatures”. The closer reference to temperature is “freezing rain”, which implies zero C° degrees or less, but it’s only related to raining conditions, not just to cold as such – besides, as we’ve seen at the Giro, “freezing” is apparently intended as a generic and subjective adjective as in “very cold”, rather than according to its specific meanings).
    13. [Rant alert] Hmpppph I thought this was a road cycling blog! However, I googled some 2,202 *miles* by “Hoppo” Hopkinson although for some reason Muller and Stavrinides at 1,828 and 1,851 *kms* got better SEO…
    14. 21 “virages” whixh receives the names of former winners on the climb.

    • 5. Antonio Tiberi shot and killed the cat of a San Marino’s minister with an airgun, which had him fired from Trek when the event finally made the news for court reasons. Apparently, Bahrain had no issues with this sort of biopolitical violence, so…
      Gawd, will this story EVER die? They kept Simmons after his racist caper on social media…so how does LIDL/Trek compare to Bahrain?

    • Let’s go on… this time, bottom up.
      40. Matteo Jorgenson
      39. Giulio Ciccone, Divo Giulio and Divina Madonna (very appropriate, speaking of “tirare madonne”)
      38. Jack Haig
      37. David Gaudu
      36. Valentin Madouas (it’s now two, I believe)
      35. Remi Cavagna’s
      34. Continental is the sponsoring company, which Schaeffler (bearings) recently acquired
      33. Mainly chains and related products or tools under the KMC brand
      32. DSM even has a “salmone pantone” to help clients choose what sort of pink they want their salmon coloured.
      31. 10%
      30. I find Marina Romoli’s case quite signficant (unclear above if it must be a current pro or also a retired one). Among current pros, a point could be made about Guillaume Martin winning the Jacques-de-Fouchier literary prize, awarded by the very Académie Française. Still a pro, Brajkovic’s speaking out on mental health issue might be more relevant than his Dauphiné’s victory on Contador. On a smaller scale, what about Davide Martinelli delivering medicine and other primary goods during the lockdown? Is that more or less than his Tour de Pologne stage win?
      Back to retired pros, but speaking again of philosophers, Pedro Horrillo is a good example, too (retired). Probably on the opposite side of a virtual range of “reasons for being famous”, Ignazio Moser.
      Among ex pros, the huge achievements of Tullio Campagnolo are surely cycling-related but not “cycling achievements” as such, same for Davide Cassani. I’d say the same is true for Iris Slappendel or Marion Rousse.
      Bartali, Martini and Ganna (Luigi) played a role in the Resistenza, hard to compare to their sporting achievements, but Vito Ortelli and Alfredo Pasotti, although very good athletes, were probably more relevant as partigiani.
      29. Christophe Moreau
      28. Mauro Gianetti and Emmanuel Hubert

      • Mixed:
        27. I think that Quick-step is the only name sponsor which was always present during the whole World Tour era (2005-today)
        26. All of them were newspaper-related but only in the case of Paris-Roubaix and Lombardia the idea wasn’t originally developed “within” a newspaper and had a different “official” motive, although in the case of the latter the situation is less clear. Some sources (versions vary) report that even if the idea was by Morgagni, journalist at the Gazzetta dello Sport, the newspaper would take care of the organisation only in 1907, when the name was changed from Milano-Milano to Giro di Lombardia. Besides, it was created as a “revanche” after Albini’s defeat in the King’s Cup. Albini was from Milan (Arconate) and the idea was giving him a new chance on home turf. Of course, the whole story could qualify as a “publicity stunt”, but it’s less directly so than Liège or the Ronde. Milano-Sanremo was a different race (not for bicycles!) which was born as a, well, a publicity stunt, but when it didn’t work it was fast turned into a cycling race. The seed was always publicity and it was undoubtedly developed within GdS since the very first moment. On the contrary, Roubaix was related to the building of the velodrome and, like Lombardia, it was related to a more famous race, in that case Bordeaux-Paris. It was offered to the Vélo newspaper as a possible prep race. So, I’d say Roubaix and probably Lombardia, but it’s very dependant on personal judgement.
        25. In 1973
        24. Confusing redaction. I’ll tackle it later.
        23. Colbrelli
        22. Kudos to Dylan above for pointing out at Swiss Nats with Reusser and Chabbey. Magnaldi and Van Vleuten are doctors, too, in the sense of the medical profession and not necessarily a PhD.
        20. Dubious redaction. In general terms, no. It might be perhaps allowed in case the polka dot is the specific jersey for the mountain leader as in the TDF, which isn’t the case in many or even most stage races. So, the question as it is, such an equipment in most cases would mean having a different kit from the rest of the team, which implies specific sanctions.
        16. O Gran Camiño stage 1. Drentse Acht van Westerweld among women.
        15. Hamilton (NZ) x 2, Lucas and Chris, Sevilla (x 2, Diego and Óscar), Jonathan Milan… or Ettore Milano if you want it in Italian. In Spain many comunidades autónomas don’t have an official capital, even if some city might be acknowledged de facto as such. So in Spain it would be more correct to refer to provinces, whose capital cities are always official, which would made Pello Bilbao valid, just as Alba Teruel. If we’re accepting foreign translation as in Milan’s case, we have Jacopo Mosca (= Moscow/Mockba). Italian provinces bring Katia Ragusa and Carlos Verona. Prefectures in Japan? Eiji Yamaguchi…

        • 24. As it is, the answer would be “none”, I think. Neither in men nor in women’s TDF during the last two editions any overall classification (general, points, mountains, young, teams…) had any change during the very last stage. Assuming the question was really intended as “Which *were* the last two editions of the Tour de France *to* have seen the overall leader change on the final day?”, I’d go with 1989 (Fignon to Lemond) and 1968 (Van Springel to Janssen) for the men version.

          18. I think that for Monuments the general convoy order rule for WT one-day events should apply, i.e.:
          UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour events
          One. the cars of teams represented at the sports directors’ meeting and having confirmed their starters within the time limits set out in article 1.2.090, in the order of the ranking of starting riders on the last UCI World men individual ranking (for UCI WorldTour events) or UCI Women’s WorldTour individual ranking* (for UCI Women’s WorldTour events);
          Two. the cars of UCI WorldTeams or UCI Women’s WorldTeams represented at the sports directors’ meeting and having confirmed their starters within the time limits and whose starting riders have not yet earned points in the men UCI world individual ranking or in the UCI Women’s WorldTour individual ranking;
          Three. the cars of other teams represented at the sports directors’ meeting which confirmed their starters within the time set and whose starting riders have not yet earned points in the men UCI world individual ranking or in the UCI Women’s WorldTour individual ranking;
          Four. the cars of teams represented at the sports directors’ meeting which failed to confirm their starters within the time set;
          Five. the cars of teams not represented at the sports directors’ meeting.
          In groups 2 to 5, the order of cars will be determined by drawing lots at the sports directors’ meeting. The drawing of lots shall use a slip of paper bearing the name of the teams entered. The first name drawn shall be given the 1st place, the second name drawn the 2nd place, etc.

          20 (follow up to the above). The general climber’s classification jersey is considered a leader’s jersey according to 2.6.018 and so a rider leading such a competition *could* be entitled to wear *matching shorts*, BUT I notice that above inrng writes about a generic “stage race”, then specifies “polka dot shorts”. As I said, this would be possible, if anything, only in races whose mountain competition has a polka dot jersey. Plus, leading the mountain competition wouldn’t prevent that rider to lead also the general classification by time or points, which would imply him or her to be forced to wear the corresponding jersey and not the mountain one, hence forbidding the use of polka dot shorts even if the climber’s jersey was a polka dot one. As a whole, I can’t say if I’ve lost some new rule, or if inrng deliberately wrote the question as it is (the answer would be “it depends, but in most races it’s a ‘no’, barring those which use polka dot as a distinctive jersey for the mountain competition, and assuming the rider isn’t leading at the same time one of the two main classifications “), or, finally, if the question was written in a hurry (as it seems also for 24.) and was really intended here to be something like “can a rider who’s entitled to wear the polka dot jersey for being the leader of the mountain classification in a stage race also opt for polka dot shorts?” (in this last case the answer is “yes”, terrible as it might look. Unless the UCI stopped that trend…!).

          19. A short sticky bottle is *specifically categorised* as irregular feeding and at WT level it’s sanctioned with 200 CHF both to the rider and the other license holder handing out the bottle (4.11 in table 2.12.007). If it was longer, although not explicitly defined as a simple sticky bottle anymore, it could fall into 4.3 (pushing off w/ car) which in stage racing implies the loss of 20% points in points and mountain classifications and 10″ in CG, besides the 200 CHF. In extreme cases also 4.6 could be used, as in being held from a car, which would be even tougher, 500 CHF (for driver too, and exclusion, even for the vehicle, and same for any other person involved in holding from the car), for the rider loss of 100 UCI points and DSQ. Note that the concept of sticky bottle is only named at 4.11, but at the same time the wording is “sticky bottle for a short distance”, hence implying, in a way, that for a longer distance heavier sanctions must be applied. Yet, the sticky bottle isn’t named elsewhere, which makes me assume that 4.3 or 4.6 wpuld be used.

          17. I’m a bit confused by the question wording here, too. A rider surely *cannot* receive a spare wheel from a rider of a different team, which would be irregular mechanical assistance to a rider of another team (4.1 in table 2.12.007): at WT level it’s sanctioned with a 500 CHF fee for both riders, plus DSQ in one-day races and 2 to 10 minutes GC penalty in stage races, with DSQ admitted for the most serious cases. Yet, this does *not* apply to sharing a drink between riders of different teams. At most, if giving the drink was classified as unauthorised or irregular feeding, there would be sanctions for that reason, irrespective of the team the riders belong to. I must imagine there must have been a rule change I’m not aware of, because the two examples offered by the question would lead to quite different answers, as long as I know (I suppose I’ve just lost some piece of information).

          …I’m stopping here. Can’t say if I’ve left something behind because the last ones were an authentic mess. I’ll leave the opportune checking to the 11-th hour copy-pasters 😛 or to the jury, aka inrng.

  5. I’m sure many of these are incorrect, but I want to see how this holds up
    1. Luke Durbridge
    2. Magnus Sheffield
    3. Luke Plapp
    4. Phil and Lizzie Deignan
    5. Tiberi
    6. ?
    7. De Lie
    8. Morkov
    9. Vant geloof
    10. MVDP crashed
    11. No
    12. No
    13. 4000km
    14. 27
    15. Jhonathan milan, aurlien paris-parent (cheeky), chris hamilton
    16. GP oetingen
    17. No
    18. Previous year’s results
    19. ?
    20. If it matches the jersey
    21. Lefevre
    22. Amstel
    23. Cancellera
    24. 2020
    25. It hasn’t yet
    26. Il Lombardia
    27. Movistar
    28. Maxinme bouet, Trentin
    29. Damiano Cunego
    30. Cipoliini
    31. 10%
    32. DSM
    33. Chains
    34. Deloitte
    35. Valentin Maduous
    36. Quinn Simmons
    37. Roglic
    38. Jack Haig
    39. Julio Ciccone
    40. Matteo Jorgensen

  6. 27. What sort of sponsorships did you have in mind? I suspect Vittoria or Shimano have been at the WT for a long time.

    11. No, because cycling (the sport) isn’t exclusively on snow and ice, ruling out all of its disciplines, including cx

  7. 1. Luke Durbridge
    2. Felix Gall
    3. Moreno Moser
    4. Dan Bigham & Jess Lowden
    5. Antonio Tiberi
    6. David Gaudu had Arnaud Demare packing his bags…
    7. Arnaud de Lie
    8. Michael Mørkøv
    9. Marjolein Van’t Geloof
    10. Matthieu Van der Poel fell in the world championships before going on to win the rainbow jersey
    11. No
    12. 5 degrees Celsius or below
    13. 1828km
    14. 21
    15. Pello Bilbao, Lucas Hamilton, Carlos Verona
    16. O Gran Camino
    17. No, but it is allowed to happen – can be fined
    18. GC position of best placed rider
    19. 20 seconds time penalty
    20. No, but is allowed in Grand Tours
    21. Marc Madiot
    22. World championships mixed relay TTT – Switzerland winners with Dr Marlon Reusseur and Dr Elise Chabbey
    23. Florian Vermeesch
    24. 2020
    25. 1975
    26. Paris – Roubaix
    27. Cofidis
    28. Henri Pellisier & Ottavio Bottecchia
    29. Christopher Whorral
    30. Guillerme Martin winning a literary award
    31. 10%
    32. DSM
    33. Chains for bikes
    34. Continental tyres
    35. Remi Cavagna
    36. Alison Jackson
    37. David Gaudu
    38. Jack Haig
    39. Giullio Ciccone
    40. Matteo Jorgensen

  8. 1. Elmar Reinders
    3 Luke Plapp
    4 Elisa Longo Borghini and Jacopo Mosca
    5 Antonio Tiberi
    6 Arnaud Demare
    7 Arnaud de Lie
    8 Michael Morkov
    9 Marjolein van ‘t Geloof
    10 Mathieu van der Poel crashes his bike during worlds 2023 whilst in the lead. Still winning the race making it even more incredible to watch.
    11 Not yet…
    12 No
    13 1828 KM by Alex Stavrinides
    14 21 hairpins
    15 …
    16 stage 1 of the Gran Camino
    17 UCI regulations state that all riders may render each other minor services like exchanging food drinks or accdeories. The lending of tubular tyres is only permitted within the team
    18. The UCI ranking of the starting riders
    19. Differs from a fine to penalty seconds
    20. yes
    23. Sonny Colbrelli
    24. 2011 and 2020
    25. 1975
    26. Liege Bastogne Liege
    27. Cofidis
    28. Mauro Gianetti and Jan Ulrich
    30. Bas Tietema
    31. 10%
    32. DSM
    33. Bicycle chains
    34. Continental AG
    37. David Gaudu
    38. Jack Haig

  9. Thank you for another insightful quiz. As always it’s enjoyable and informative, and it definitely awakes inner Sherlock Holmes skills (of internet).
    I’m looking forward to more great content in the future and wishing you all a happy new year.

    1. Elmar Reinders
    2. Felix Großschartner
    3. Guido Reybrouck
    4. Elisa Longo Borghini and Jacopo Mosca
    5. Antonio Tiberi
    6. David Gaudu
    7. Arnaud De Lie
    8. Michael Mørkøv
    9. Marjolein van ‘t Geloof
    10. One of Boa straps lost its purpose (Mathieu van der Poel crashed in WC road race)
    11. No, at least not for now
    12. No
    13. 1851 km
    14. 21
    15. Maybe Santiago Buitrago, Kiel Reijnen, Milan Menten (Santiago – capital of Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile; Kiel – capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany; Milan – capital of Lombardia, Italy)
    or more common is surname-capital share. Hamilton first comes to mind. Capital of Bermuda and surname of Chris, Lucas and Tyler.
    16. Opening stage of O Gran Camiño
    17. He/she can, but it is against the rules
    18. Order of the ranking of starting riders on the last UCI World men individual ranking
    19. CHF 200 fine per infringement
    20. In general no, but as UCI is not very consistent with rules, there may be some detail added, or with permission all shorts changed (especially for last days of GT). One easy workaround is probably (polkadot) skinsuit, as was the case with Ciccone at TdF
    21. According to this blog Alexander Vinokurov was an avid philatelist as a child, so probably still has quite a few stamps laying around.
    22. National Championships of Switzerland – Women Elite Road Race
    23. Sonny Colbrelli
    24. Is this really a redaction error or just a cheeky question? If the later it was 2021 Tour de France à la voile. A sailing Tour, not held last year, but won by Clément Cron and Groupe Atlantic on last day in penultimate edition.
    25. Whole climb was used in 1975 (stage 15, July 13), but last part of it featured two years before on stage 9 of 1973 Tour
    26. Paris Roubaix?
    27. If we limit ourselves to sponsors in the teams names then Ag2r, Cofidis and FDJ are in the run, with continuous presence since 1997. But those team weren’t always in the WorldTour (or highest category before WT was launched). Otherwise I also bet on Quick Step
    28. Mauro Gianetti and Emmanuel Hubert
    29. Christophe Moreau
    30. Should be Gino Bartali for his efforts during WW2. But depends who you ask. Some young Americans maybe know Lance just from reality TV, math profesor with no interest in sport heard of Anna Kiesenhofer, but not in connection to Olympics. There are many ex pros who tried in (local) politics, many failed, perhaps Hubert Opperman achieved most success, but do non-Australians know him? F1 fans might recognise Tiffany Cromwell just as Valtteri Bottas’s girlfriend, and even among cycling fans Juraj Sagan or Daniel Lloyd are sometimes known for something else than results. However is being a brother achievement, and what is fame?
    31. 10%
    32. DSM
    33. Bicycle chains
    34. Continental
    35. Remi Cavagna’s
    36. Valentin Maduoas
    37. David Gaudu
    38. Jack Haig
    39. Giulio Ciccone
    40. Matteo Jorgenson

    • 20. Strange to defend UCI’s rules, but for once, unless they changed them very recently, the rulebook is very clear. At chapter 4, Leaders’ clothing, of UCI Cycling regulations, we’re told that for stage races “The wearer of the leader’s jersey shall be entitled to match the colour of his shorts to that of the jersey” (1.3.054). Then, as I’ve reported above, at 2.6.018 it’s clearly stated that the jersey for leading the mountain competition in a stage race is, well, “a leader’s jersey”.
      So the issue here is rather with inrng’s wording: hastily redaction or tricky question with some tongue-in-cheek implication? He or she could have easily specified any stage race with a polka dot jersey, even avoiding the TDF if it was too easy to think about images about *that* stage race. It’s not like polka dot is the most common mountain jersey. The Giro – to start with – has got a blue jersey (once green…) which couldn’t go with polka dot shorts. Or the wording could have been “matching shorts”. Was it intended or just writing with a little less care than usual?
      The question as it is, the answer can’t be simply yes or no. YES, and totally so according to the quite clear UCI rules, IF *that* stage race uses a polka dot for the jersey competition AND the rider isn’t leading one of the other two major classifications. NO in the rest of circunstances. As I said, all the above is true unless I missed some brand new rule.

      • Yeah, I agree, it depends how we interpret question, but in my opinon polka dot is synonym for leader of mountain classification even though it is most certainly not true for all races.

        • Yeah, what I find strange is that the question, if it was meant to have just a “yes” as an answer, could simply *avoid even naming* the “in a stage race” part, like this:
          “A rider is leading the mountains competition and shows up with polka dot shorts, is this allowed?”
          It works perfectly and makes it much easier to assume that we’re speaking of a competition where polka dot is used for the mountain jersey!
          On the contrary, the actual version of the question would have Grice wondering what’s been implied (or not).

          Of course, there’s also the tricky part about leading more than one classification, but that’s more about the concept than the mere wording, i.e., how picky one decides to be.

        • By the way, kudos for 15., I loved the idea to focus on first names. I appreciated also 24., although involving a different sport perhaps goes a bit too far, but it’s a good take all the same.

  10. 1. Elmar Reinders
    2. Felix Großschartner, when he was 9 years old!
    3. Luke Plapp (AUS,2000), Leonardo Basso (ITA, 1993), Emily Ehrlich (USA, 1993)
    4. Italian cyclists Elisa Longo Borghini and Jacopo Mosca were married on 28 October.
    5. Antonio Tiberi
    6. David Gaudu exposed in January on Discord forum his enmity and conflict with Arnaud Démare, the sprinter of the French team Groupama-FDJ.
    7. Arnaud De Lie literally won the Famenne Ardenne Classic on one leg.
    8. Michael Mørkøv (Soudal – Quick Step) + 6:07:11
    9. Maria Apolonia (Marjolein) van ‘t Geloof (Human Powered Health) +2:10:20
    10. That is the slippery corner where Mathieu van der Poel crashed during the Glasgow World Championship
    11. No, because one of the main rules for entry for a sport into the Winter Olympics is that the event can only be run on snow or ice, and this isn’t the case for the cyclo-cross.
    12. Although the UCI standard speaks of extreme temperatures as a condition for initiating the protocol, it does not define any maximum or minimum value for that condition.
    13. Chris Hopkinson holds the present Zwift distance record achieved on his third attempt: 2202 miles in 143 hours 35 minutes.
    14. 21
    15. Francesco CALÍ (GAL-CT)- Cali is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department, and the most populous city in southwest Colombia.
    Beatriz PEREIRA (BDU-CTW) – Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda.
    Brandon Smith RIVERA (IGD-UWT) – Rivera is the capital of Rivera, Department of Uruguay
    Anothers: George JACKSON and Jackson, Mississippi, USA; Diego Pablo SEVILLA (EOK-PRT) and Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain. Alba TERUEL (LKF-CTW) and Teruel, Teruel, Spain; Riccardo Lucca (GBF-PT) and Lucca, Lucca, Italy
    16. GP Oetinge (1.1-WE) was originally planned on March 8th but cancelled due to snow and moved to August 19th.
    17. All riders may render each other such minor services as lending or exchanging food, drink, spanners or accessories. The lending or exchanging of tubular tires or bicycles and waiting for a rider who has been dropped or involved in an accident shall be permitted only amongst riders of the same team.”
    18. The order of team cars in the race will be determined as follows:
    • the cars of the teams represented at the sports directors’ meeting in the order of the ranking of starting riders on the last UCI World individual ranking;
    • the cars of the other UCI WorldTeams represented at the meeting whose starting riders have not yet earned points in the UCI world individual ranking;
    • the cars of the other teams represented at the meeting whose starting riders have not yet earned points in the UCI World individual ranking;
    • the cars of teams which failed to confirm their starting riders within the time;
    • the cars of teams not represented at the meeting.
    19. Rider: CHF 200 fine per infringement; Other license holder: CHF 500 fine per infringement. (Rules amendments applying on 01.01.2024)
    20. Yes. The wearer of the leader’s jersey shall be entitled to match the color of his shorts to that of the jersey.
    21. Astana team boss Alexander Vinokourov
    22. Women’s Switzerland Road Race National Championship: 1st was Marlen Reusser and 3rd, Elise Chabbey, both have a medicine degree.
    23. Sonny Colbrelli. In 2023, he ran, unsuccessfully, in the Lombardy regional elections for the Forza Italia party.
    24. Which of the last two editions of the Tour de France have seen the overall leader change on the final day? In neither of the last two editions of the Tour de France (2022-20223) has the overall leader changed on the final day.
    What are the last two editions of the Tour de France where the overall leader has changed on the last day? In 1989 when Greg Lemond took the title from Fignon by eight seconds and in 1968 when Jan Jannsen won the second “demi-étape” to take the maillot jaune from Herman Van Springel.
    25. The first appearance of Col de la Couillole was on the ninth stage, Embrun-Nice, of the 1973 Tour, although it was not considered a categorized climb on that occasion.
    26. Paris–Roubaix that was created by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Théodore Vienne and Maurice Perez. The other monuments were created by sport newspapers: Gazzetta dello Sport (Milan–San Remo and Giro di Lombardia), Sportwereld (Ronde van Vlaanderen) and L’Express (Liège–Bastogne–Liège).
    27. Cofidis, now a World Team, has been sponsoring a professional cycling team since 1997.
    28. Mauro Gianetti, manager of Team UAE-Emirates, and Emmanuel Hubert, manager of Team Arkea-Samsic, revisit one the stages of the Tour de France 2023.
    29. Christophe Moreau
    30. Guillaume Martin has won two literary prizes; for his book La société du peloton. He won the Prix Antoine-Blondin in 2022 and this year he has been named winner of the Prix Jacques de Fouchier of the Academie française in recognition of a work that is outstanding for its theme, composition or style, and whose author does not belong to the literary professions.
    31. 10 %
    32. dsm-firmenich
    33. Guimeng, the world’s largest supplier of cycle chains
    34. Continental
    35. Rémi Cavagna
    36. Filippo Zana comes from a family that runs a brewery and he has his own horse called Vior.
    37. David Gaudu.
    38. Jack Haig
    39. Giulio Ciccone
    40. Matteo Jorgenson

    • 26. Agreed, but just as a footnote it must be noted that the idea of running the race was indeed related to the new velodrome, yet Vienne and Perez asked the newspaper Vélo to organise it: “L’organisation de la course est ainsi confiée au Vélo et au principal rédacteur de sa rubrique cycliste, Victor Breyer…51 coureurs dont 45 professionnels signent la feuille de départ le matin du 19 avril 1896, au café Gillet près du bois de Boulogne, et s’élancent de la porte Maillot lorsque le directeur du Vélo, Paul Rousseau, donne le départ”. It’s also worth noting that in the letter sent to the newspaper, Vienne and Perez made reference to the publicity granted to the sport by Bordeaux-Paris and explicitly invited the newspaper to start talking about the event on their columns.
      Similarly, although the race was indeed organised by La Gazzetta dello Sport since its very first edition (after writing my comments above, I’ve checked some primary sources which confirmed this version), the idea wasn’t directly related to publicity for the newspaper (as it’s very clear for the Belgian races) but to an existing sporting rivalry. It’s interesting, in that sense, to check who’s paying the prizes: the Municipality of Lecco, the Car Club of Lombardia, the Sport Union of Milan… Of course, as a personal conjecture we can deem it a “publicity stunt”, but it’s quite different from the Belgian Monuments and even Sanremo, I’d say.

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