ONCE/Look/Macario/Etxeondo Pink Jersey for the Tour de France

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Front of the ONCE/Look/Macario/Etxeondo Pink Jersey for the Tour de France

During the Tour de France, the mighty ONCE team used to swap the yellow background colour of their team ONCE jersey to pink.

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Year: 1996

Manufacturer: Etxeondo

Associated Bike Brand: Look Bikes

Races: Tour de France - 1997 Edition  

During the Tour de France, the mighty ONCE team used to swap the yellow background colour of their team jersey to pink.  This was done so that the fans watching the race did not get confused between members of the ONCE team and the leader of the Tour de France - who was of course wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Before I started writing this entry, I was trying to think which cycling teams have changed their team jersey for the Tour de France.  I don't mean teams like Columbia/High Road who changed their team jersey prior to the Tour for commercial reasons like the additions of a sponsor, I mean purely so the riders don't clash with the leader's yellow jersey.

Here's the list I came up with!

Back to this actual jersey: I know what you are asking - why are you so sure this is a 1996 jersey?  Easy - The Mavic logo has been replaced by a Macario logo!

Co-team leader Alex Zulle had a dream start to the Tour winning the prologue into 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) but as was usual for poor Alex it didn't get any better eventually finishing outside of the top 20.  It wasn't all bad though as he won the World Time-Trial Championship, Vuelta a España, Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Volta a Catalunya and GP Miguel Indurain that year!

At the sharp end of the race, the 1996 edition of the Tour de France will be remembered for Miguel Indurain's (Banesto) failure to keep up with Bjarne Riis attacking up the Hautacam in the big ring - an unbelievable feat which was confirmed as a super-human achievement by Riis himself in 2007 who the organisers would have liked to have subsequently disqualified, but the statute of limitations (ten years) had passed.

A "standard" yellow ONCE jersey is also available in my online collection.

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Date Submitted: 01 Feb 2017