I saw -and with me a few million other cycling fanatics- a tremendous race today. The light blue jerseys of the Belgian team were clearly visible throughout the world championship race in Valkenburg. The whole peloton had been watching the ‘smurfs’ all day. Everybody expected Gilbert to strike on the final climb of the Cauberg, nevertheless we were all dazzled by the explosive power he displayed.
I received some very first hints by Dries Zaeytijd from the ‘Wiemu Roeslare’, who has been very helpful in starting my little research. Most likely the first national jersey was issued in 1927, the year of the first World Championship road cycling, with the participation of national teams.
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