Is Cycling's 'Rainbow Jersey Curse' A Real Thing?
A Swiss scientist studied cycling's "rainbow jersey curse" that seemed to cause champions to struggle after they won a world championship.By Grant Suneson | December 14, 2015
American sports fans know all about cups and pennants and trophies, but in the cycling world, when riders win a world championship of any kind, they wear this, the rainbow jersey.
It seems like everyone would be clamoring to get their hands on it, right? Not exactly. Legend has it that the rainbow jersey is cursed, supposedly making the wearer lose. And many in possession of the jersey have faced some bizarre misfortune.
Tom Simpson, one of the first curse victims, won the road race world championship in 1965, then missed much of the next year due to injuries. He died of a heart attack during the Tour de France in 1967.