Yellow fever hits Brasilia as yellow-jersey race hits the Amazon region

The first yellow jersey of the 2014 Tour de France is heading to Brazil, although it will remain there for some time and don’t expect it to be lovingly groomed. “Yellow is that symbol…

Yellow fever hits Brasilia as yellow-jersey race hits the Amazon region

The first yellow jersey of the 2014 Tour de France is heading to Brazil, although it will remain there for some time and don’t expect it to be lovingly groomed. “Yellow is that symbol of defeat,” said Walter Alegre, a health care worker and resident of Vila Autódromo, about 45 miles outside Brasilia. The world’s greatest stage race begins in France on Monday, when Fabian Cancellara will take on Vincenzo Nibali in the Tour’s opening time trial. The race speeds across the Alps and the Pyrenees before turning toward the French border for the first time. Despite its renowned artistic beauty, the race is an endurance test, one that requires little break for finishing touches and a must-have can of granola. (Half the time, anyway.) To start the race, riders and organizers chose a yellow jersey wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts and socks and with a black headband and black sunglasses. The winner will be awarded a bike saddle with the Tour logo. But don’t expect it to have any wheels or brake pedals. “The Yellow Jersey is like a piece of leather, a key,” said Evans, a resident of Bolo de Gomes, about 35 miles outside Brasilia. “You need to treasure it like a very fine piece of jewelry.”

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