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Color ignorant(7 posts)

Color ignorantGuidosan
May 14, 2002 5:46 PM
I was wondering if somebody could explain the different colored bike jerseys. It seems like the yellow jersey in the Tour is reserved for the one leading in time. But what are the green and polka dotted jerseys for? Is this universal, meaning that all the tours have a yellow jersey leader, and do one day tours do the same thing? Finally, how many different and prestigious jerseys are there?
Thanks for your patience,

re: Color coded jerseys in TDFguido
May 14, 2002 7:17 PM
Others can add to this explanation for sure, but the polka dot jersey is for the fastest climber, the King of the Mountains, and the green jersey is the points jersey. Others might elucidate how these points are earned, but like preems in criteriums, the green jersey is a carrot to liven up the racing, day by day, to keep the fans interested. Sean Kelley was always wearing the green jersey. Although he never won the TDF, he rode consistently well day by day.
Little known jerseyMe Dot Org
May 14, 2002 9:24 PM
The mauve jersey is given to the rider who makes the best omelettes.
Or is it Quiche? -nmSnowBlind
May 15, 2002 7:58 AM
I'll tryWayne
May 15, 2002 3:35 AM
In the tour the green jersey is for the points leader. The top finishers in each stage get points, so in a sense it's for the most consistent finisher. Since more stages end in sprints than anything else it ends up being a contest for the sprinters usually. Additionly during the stages there are sprint lines that award lesser points for the first 3 to cross them. Again it's usually the sprinters unless there is a break. KOM is done by designating climbs, from cat. 4 to hors categorie (the hardest), based on difficulty. The order over the top determines the points for that climb, whoever accumulates the most points is the KOM.
Other stage races have different jerseys for these classifications and possibly additional competitions. So the Giro GC jersey is pink, the points jersey is ciclamina (sp?), the mountains jersey is green, and they also have a competition called the intergiro which is a blue jersey.
I'll tryPygme
May 15, 2002 4:13 AM
The TDF also has a white jersey for the best young rider (U23).
and a red rider number for the most aggressive, no? (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 15, 2002 4:50 AM