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The "curse of the rainbow jersey" ?

Giorgia Bronzini injured in Luxembourg finale

Collarbone not broken, shoulder dislocated

The "curse of the rainbow jersey" - is the superstitious belief that winning the World Championships and then wearing the World Champion jersey the following season brings bad luck to the champion. More typically, the curse exists in popular cycling culture and is debated at length in relation to the men's side of the sport.

If the curse of the rainbow jersey is true, then Giorgia Bronzini got away without major incident in 2011. Memorably, though, she was unable to avoid a crash which happened in front of her and landed heavily in the World Cup in China in May 2011, causing facial and leg abrasions. No other serious damage was done but she bore the scars from that crash for quite a while.  As reigning champion from the 2010 Geelong World Championships, she also had a relatively successful season, with several stage and one day wins. She then topped-off the year with a repeat win in Copenhagen in September. That earned her the right to wear the jersey again in 2012.

Her crash in the finale in Luxembourg at the weekend (click here for details) was one of the worst in recent memory for the Italian. The crash was in the turns in the final 300 metres of the race. This meant that the Italian would be given the same time as the bunch if she finished, so she had the 'luxury' of taking time to receive treatment at the point of the crash, she was also given an ice pack to apply to her shoulder and then, she continued to the finish. Her Diadora Pasta Zara team-mates waited and accompanied Bronzini to the finish line, they all crossed the line together.

At the time, it was feared that Bronzini had broken her collarbone. The team has now announced that after attending hospital, she has been diagnosed with not a broken bone, but a dislocated shoulder. They confirm that she will be out of race action for 2 weeks.

Although disheartening, the injury comes at a time of relatively little racing on the World Champion's programme. She will miss Muri Fermani on 6th May, a race in honour of Marina Romili and another domestic Italian race the weekend after that. As it stands a day after the crash, the reigning champion for the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia (USA) on 2nd June should be fit to ride.

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