The first Belgian team jersey in the Tour de France


I am rather sure that some form of Belgian national cycling jersey is used in the thirties because of Tour de France director Henri Desgrange’s decision to allow only ‘national teams’ to participate in the race since 1930.

It was known that Desgrange wanted the Tour de France to be a race of individualists. When he noticed that riders of commercial teams would assist each other anyway, he decided to group  the riders in national teams.

According to the Wiemu Roeselare, these very first Belgian national shirts were black with yellow and red stripes on the chest and on the sleeves what made them look more like the Belgian national champion jerseys we know nowadays. This picture from Jean Aerts and Georges Lemaire in the 1933 Tour de France confirms the color of the jersey:

photo: Yves Floux


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