Classification of Jerseys
Riders aim to win overall but there are three further competitions: points, mountains and for the best young rider. The leader of each wears a distinctive jersey. A rider who leads more than one competition wears the jersey of the most prestigious. The abandoned jersey is worn by the second in the competition. The Tour's colours have been adopted by other races and have meaning within cycling generally. For example, the Tour of Britain has yellow, green, and polka-dot jerseys with the same meaning as the Tour. The Giro d'Italia differs in awarding the leader a pink jersey, being organised by La Gazzetta dello Sport, which has pink pages.
Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey)
The Maillot jaune (yellow jersey) is worn by the general classification leader.
The winner of the first Tour wore not a yellow jersey but a green armband.
The Yellow Jersey or malliot juane is the most coveted prize in cycling. Although it is only one of many jerseys up for grabs in the Tour De France, it is the one that is given the most attention. It is the jersey of the overall race leader.
Maillot Vert (Green Jersey)
The Maillot vert (green jersey) is awarded for sprint points. At the end of each stage, points are earned by the riders who finish first, second, etc. Points are higher for flat stages, as sprints are more likely, and less for mountain stages, where climbers usually win. In the current rules, there are five types of stages: flat stages, intermediates stages, mountain stages, individual time trial stages and team time trial stages. The number of points awarded at the end of each stage are: