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The Polka Dot jersey makes no sense....(6 posts)

The Polka Dot jersey makes no sense....ClydeTri
Jul 23, 2002 4:22 AM
Just IMHO the polka dot jersey makes no sense in the Tour. Lauren Jalabart (sp?) is wearing it, but does anybody think he is the best climber? He has just snuck away from the field enough to get the points. Should the jersey be awarded to the person actually doing the best climbing, or just somebody who sneaks out front. With todays technology they could actually set points on each climb and time everybody's ascent from on these climbs to see who is climbing the fastest...just my two cents..flame away
It's not the best climber, it's the King of the Mountain...TJeanloz
Jul 23, 2002 4:38 AM
The jersey isn't necessarily to denote who is the best climber, but who is consistently the first to the tops of the climbs, outwitting, as well as out riding, his opponents. Virenque won the polka-dot jersey five times, and was probably never the best climber in the race.

Jalabert is by no means the best climber, but he has been the king of the mountain stages.
Generally speaking, someone is aware...Wayne
Jul 23, 2002 4:39 AM
when riders attack not to mention the DS's are watching it on TV. To say he "sneaks off" is demeaning to one of, if not the greatest rider still in the peloton. It's the King of the Mountains competition not the fastest climber competition. Everyone knows the rules, if Armstrong or Beloki or whoever wanted it but wasn't willing to go in breakaways then they could have their teams control the race and not let breakaways go. The way it's set up now is perfect, because it encourages breaks, which keeps these stage entertaining while all the main guys just sit there watching one another to the final climb.
Same as greenlnin0
Jul 23, 2002 5:01 AM
Just as the Green Points jersey is often refered to as the sprinters jersey when it is not - it is points for overall most consistant finisher.

However, with this jersey we do see teams controlling the races on flat stages - making sure these points are not sucked up by breakaways and can go to their sprinters.
Yeah, and you could even be the mostWayne
Jul 23, 2002 5:23 AM
consistent finisher and still lose the points jersey by not contesting the intermediate sprints and having your rivals take those points. So let's just say the Green Jersey is for the guy's who does the best job at getting points, and the Polka Dot jersey is for the best guy at getting the mountain top points and leave it at that.
Le Tour is a business...NJRoad
Jul 23, 2002 6:04 AM
...The appeal of the jerseys is that for a few moments 1 of your riders is on the podium being photographed which you can take back to your own sponsors to negotiate future deals. It's an arbitrary competition devised to maintain interest during a 4+ hour event.