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How many yellow jerseys are there?(7 posts)

How many yellow jerseys are there?Cheezhead
May 1, 2003 2:47 PM
How many yellow jerseys are there total for the tour de france? There's gotta be at least for each team, because of the different team logos, but does each cyclist also have his own personal yellow jersey in reserve just in case? If not, I can't imagine George Hincapie having to wear the same jersey as Roberto Heras.... So how many jerseys total?

Say Cheez
I calculated one time about 1452....Bruno S
May 1, 2003 3:52 PM
22 teams x 22 stages x 3 sizes = 1452.

Then I was told that there is this machine that prints the logos on the spot so that brought it down to 66.
podium jerseys and "real" jerseys, too?DougSloan
May 1, 2003 4:09 PM
The podium jerseys zip up the back.
podium jerseys and "real" jerseys, too?Bruno S
May 1, 2003 5:01 PM
The poduim jerseys must already have the logos on. On size fits all probably.
re: How many yellow jerseys are there?russw19
May 1, 2003 9:03 PM
I don't think it was last year, but it may have been during the 2001 Tour... OLN did a piece about this during the Tour coverage. There is a guy who gets to make all the jerseys for the riders. There is a podium jersey and one the rider wears the next day. When the stage finishes, unlike how it's shown on TV it takes a few (about 15) minutes to do the podium presentation. The guy in his truck gets the first jersey, the podium jersey, ready. It is usually long sleeve and is an XL or XXL jersey. It also is full zip in the back. It is meant to fit all the riders and goes on over their team jersey. The truck contains a bunch of blank jerseys and the guy has a stack of iron-on logos for every team in the tour. It's a square about 8 by 8 and gets ironed on the jersey just before the podium presentation. The rider goes up.. kisses a few podium girls... and gets the jersey put on and zipped up... gets some flowers and a stuffed Credit Lyonnais Lion.

Anyways, after the podium presentation the guy really goes to work and makes up a real jersey for the Maillot Jaune for the next day. He finds out what size the rider wears and he has a couple different styles for the rider too. For example they have a few yellow jerseys with the rainbow stripes on the sleeve and collar ends for former World Champs like Armstrong and Ullrich. Full zip, half zip, what ever they like. And the guy makes modifications to the jersey for the rider as per their requests. For example some riders don't like elastic in the sleeves, so he takes it out.. other riders like the jersey to be taken in at the waist for smaller guys... Virenque liked his jersey tighter than a normal small jersey so they guy would modify it for him. This guy has his work cut out for him as he has to do all 4 leader's jersies... KOM, Points, Young, and of course the Maillot Jaune.

It was actually a cool piece that OLN did, but they didn't give enough details. The rest of it I read in a tour history book.

Hope that answers that question....

good info; recall anything about skinsuits? nmDougSloan
May 2, 2003 6:47 AM
good info; recall anything about skinsuits?russw19
May 2, 2003 2:08 PM
You know, I didn't even think about it at the time, but they completely ignored that part. Maybe the rider has to get them from their clothing sponsor themselves. You know the Tour is like a travelling circus.... everyone who is anyone is there. If you need something from one of your sponsors, chances are they are in the hotel room down the hall from you anyways.

But neither what I read or the OLN piece talked about it.