How a yellow jersey is dividing Brazil
It’s a yellow jersey, but it doesn’t have to be a racehorse of a jersey. In fact, it can even be something you wear, a hat or a scarf, or even a pair of jeans.
In an instant, it can be a whole different kind of jersey to wear.
“You’ve got a different perception of what it means,” said Alex Gilmore, who wears such a yellow jersey each time he competes with the United States on the track. “It’s a different vibe in the crowd.”
The yellow jersey is as much about the personality of the rider as it is the name. Gilmore said his fans in America call him “The Yellow Man,” and they take that as an insult. But in his case, he knows the yellow jersey isn’t that bad of a nickname.
“If I wore a yellow jersey, nobody would be offended,” Gilmore said, “but I don’t feel that way.”
Gilmore’s point is that a yellow jersey can be a tool of self-acceptance. It can be different than the normal jersey you would wear on the bike, but not better or worse. He said he has a similar attitude toward the name of his favorite band, Panic at the Disco.
“It’s kind of stupid, the name of a band,” Gilmore said. “But it’s a nickname, and I’m cool with it. We all do things for different reasons.”
And then there’s the yellow jersey, which is a rare title.
How often does a rider win a race, or set a record after being declared the winner of a particular race, on the track? In most cases, he’s just a man on a bike, and the result of a race isn’t worth as much as a man on a bike.
It’s similar with the yellow jersey.
“A few times, Alex Gilmore was on the track, and he was winning the world cup, and nobody would have guessed,” said Peter Sagan of Slovakia, a