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It is the pinnacle of cycling. Every professional cyclist trains for this event. The Tour de France covers over 3500 kilometres in a 23-day period. Travelling through some of France’s most pristine countryside, cyclists and racing enthusiasts alike mark this on their calendar every year. While the general classification always gets the most attention, there are smaller contests within the Tour. The points classification for is sprinters, the mountain classification is for climbers, young rider classification is for riders under the age of 26 and the team classification is for the fastest teams. For most of the classifications, there are certain jerseys riders win at the end of the stage. These jerseys are:



YELLOW JERSEY


The yellow jersey is the most prestigious of all the jerseys. The rider who wins the yellow jersey is the overall leader of the Tour. The winner of each stage wears the jersey until the end of the race or until he is over taken by another rider. The yellow jersey wasn’t introduced until 1919, when it replaced a green armband worn by the leader. The first jersey was worn by Frenchman Eugène Christophe.


 

Yellow jersey



GREEN JERSEY


The green jersey is mainly for sprinters. It’s won on a points system based on high finishes in a stage and for winning intermediate sprints. Added to the Tour back in 1953, it was introduced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tour. The first winner of the green jersey was Swede Fritz Schär.



Green jersey



POLKA DOT JERSEY


The winner is known as “King of the Mountain”. This jersey goes to the cyclist that reaches the top of the mountain first. Probably most gruelling of all the classifications, this jersey is usually won by the power cyclists. This jersey was added to the fray back in 1975, and was first won by Spaniard Vincente Trueba.


Polka Dot jersey



WHITE JERSEY


The white jersey is for the youth competing in the event. Started back in 1975, cyclists under the age of 26 are the only ones eligible for the white jersey. Experienced riders are not able to compete, and sometime riders who have entered the Tour de France previously are ineligible. Italian Franceso Moser was the first rider to win the white jersey.


White jersey

 

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