Ever wondered what all those different coloured jerseys in the Tour de France represents? Believe it or not, there’s a meaning behind each and every colour.
These are called classifications and they play an important role in the whole Tour de France event. It separates participants into the appropriate categories, but also acts as a nifty visual for views at home.
Let’s take a further look into classifications in Tour de France and see if it can’t inform your viewing experience.
Who Will Win Tour de France?
Before we dig into the classifications, we've devised some expert odds for you on who is most likely to win a yellow jersey in the Tour de France. There are five main competitors and it we see as being top tier winners in this year's race and have prepared top betting odds for you to partake in.
Here are the top five predicted winners and their betting odds for Tour de France 2018:
- Chris Froome
- Richie Porte
- Nairo Quintana
- Mikel Landa
- Vincenzo Nibali
Quite stiff competition, we think. Best to keep an eye on them all as the competition progresses. In the mean time, we will continue to provide top betting odds for you from us here at GoWin.
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What Are Classifications?
General classifications (or GC) in any bicycle races are used to track overall time and the different stages of a particular race. This has been used to great effect in the Tour de France races in the past.
Of course, being over a 100 year old, the tournament has had a few changes over the years. However, the classifications of all participants has made the iconic look of the Tour de France so… well, iconic!
All Classification Types
What does each classification represent? You’ll notice whenever you watch any Tour de France that every cyclist is wearing a different coloured jersey. These are not arbitrary as each one represents a different classification.
Here is what all the modern classifications in the Tour de France represents and their colours:
General — Yellow Jersey
The most important classification of the Tour de France, the yellow jersey is the classification by which the winner is determined. The leader of the racing group is the cyclist who wears the yellow jersey.
Points — Green Jersey
This is worn during the points stage of the Tour de France. These points are awarded to high finishers and, again, the leaders of the group are the ones with the green jerseys on. It is very much considered to be the “sprinter’s competition”.
Mountains — White with Red Polka Dots
Probably the silliest-looking outfit (but nevertheless important), the mountains classification should really speak for itself. This outfit represents those winners from the mountain stages of the race. Go figure. You can certainly spot them out from a crowd.
Young Rider — White
A secondary competition in the Tour de France, the young rider classification represents… well, young riders. In short, experienced cyclists are not permitted to compete in this part of the competition as it would be massively unfair. All leaders of the young rider classification wear plain white jerseys.
Team — White with Yellow Number
Team classification is a prize which is given to beast team in the race and is a plain white jersey with a yellow box containing a number on it. The number is supposed to represent how well that team did in the race and which position they came in. It isn’t worn during the race itself.
Combative — White with Red Number
Last but not least, we have the combative jersey. This is also white, but the number is encased in red. Its awarded to the most “combative” participant in a particular race. Combative as in how much distance they put between themselves and other cyclists, not in the sense that they use violence to get ahead.