Roger Bode, a popular Facebook comedian with one million followers, always has his eye on the prize. Weaves of zaniness often signal that he is up to something; when he is, all is forgiven. However, his Facebook status on Tuesday night got lost in translation.
Yesterday, Bode posted that the 200-meter yellow jersey — which is worn by the winner of the race that starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Copacabana Beach — should be taken from the country of the winner. He then followed that up with a video about a major race held in Brazil recently.
The yellow jersey has a great story. The “greatest road race in the world” celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2016, and has over 5,000 participants, mostly from cycling-crazy Brazil, but also athletes from all over the world. The race began in 1932 when it was called the Archambiente, and celebrated its first winner at the end of that year in Manaus, a town that is best known for its Amazonas state. The name has since changed to Sao Paulo, with more than one other name since then. The current name is synonymous with the race.