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Tour de France 2014: A guide to the riders jersey classifications

The White Jersey: Young Rider's Classification

The White Jersey
  • Awarded to the rider under 25 years old who takes the shortest combined time to complete all stages of the race.
  • First introduced in 1975, it is the newest of the four classifications.
  • Prize money of €200,000 awarded to winner.
  • Won by 29 different riders, six of whom went on to take the yellow jersey later in their careers.
  • Most recent winner is Colombian, Nairo Quintana, who won it aged 23, also taking King of the Mountains and second overall in the General Classification.

The Polka Dot Jersey: Mountains Classification

The Polka Dot Jersey
  • Commonly known as King of the Mountains.
  • Awarded to the rider with the best points total from the hill climb stages.
  • Points are awarded on a sliding scale, based on finishing position and gradient of the climb.
  • Second oldest classification, introduced in 1933.
  • Current holder is Colombian Nairo Quintana, who claimed a clear victory in 2013, with only Chris Froome coming close.

The Green Jersey: Points Classification

The Green Jersey
  • Also known as the Sprint classification.
  • Brought in in 1953 to mark the 50th anniversary of the race.
  • Encourages riders to break away from the main peloton to increase their points total. They usually leave this to the final throws of the stage.
  • The competition can ran right up until the last sprint on the Champs-Élysées.
  • Most recent winner was Slovakian, Peter Sagan, who dyed his beard green on the last day of the race to celebrate his win.

The Yellow Jersey : General Classification

The Yellow Jersey
  • Awarded to the overall winner of the Tour, with the lowest aggregate time.
  • Usually won by the lead rider of a team, where everyone works for them by reducing their air resistance and controlling pace. Contenders for the jersey usually emerge at the first Time Trial.
  • The leader in the first Tour was awarded a yellow armband, chosen by the magazine that created the Tour which printed its newspapers on yellow paper. Changed to a jersey in 1919.
  • Also known by the French, Maillot Jaune.
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins achieved a British first in 2012 by becoming the the first to wear the jersey over the finish line, having worn it for much of the race.

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