In 1927 Alfredo Binda was the first to win a Monument or Grand Tour wearing the Rainbow Jersey as reigning World Champion. The following questions test your Rainbow Jersey knowledge.
Who is the only rider to win all 5 Monuments (over an 8 year period) while wearing the Rainbow Jersey? (2 Points)
A. Alfredo Binda (Ita)
B. Louison Bobet (Fra)
C. Rik Van Looy (Bel)
D. Eddy Merckx (Bel)
WC 1967 / Paris-Roubaix 1968
WC 1971 / Lomardia 1971, M-SR 1972, LBL 1972
WC 1974 / M-SR 1975, Flanders 1975, LBL 1975
Who is the last reigning World RR Champion to win a Grand Tour? (3 Points)
A. Eddy Merckx (Bel) WC 1971 / TdF 1972, GdI 1972 and WC 1967 / GdI 1968
B. Bernard Hinault (Fra) WC 1980 / TdF 1981
C. Greg LeMond (USA) WC 1989 / TdF 1990
D. Miguel Indurain (Spa) never a WC
VERY DIFFICULT: Although Tom Simpson did not win the race pictured, (look very closely at the photo) in which road race was this photo taken? (5 Points)
A. Tour of Flanders
C. Paris-Tours *
D. Giro di Lombardia
* In the picture Tom Simpson, the World Champion in 1965, can be seen riding a chain with a fixed gear.
In attempt to slow down the race the 1965 (and 1966) edition of Paris-Tours was contested without dérailleurs. Riders were limited to two gears, a single front chain ring and 2 rear cogs. Each rider had to change gears the same way it was done in the 1930’s, loosen the rear wheel and manually move the chain onto the chosen rear cog. Much to the dismay of race organizer Felix Levitan, the experiment was judged a failure when the record average speed increased (45.029km/h).
In what year was this photo taken? (5 Points)
D. 1965 Tom Simpson was World Road Champion in 1965, Paris-Tours, held in October, was the first Major race after the WCRR.