When watching Tour de France, you may notice that all the cyclists tend to be wearing different colour jerseys. Some of you may or may not care as to why this is, but believe us there’s more to it than just being a fashion statement.
In the Tour de France, the yellow jersey has a long history and significance to the event. You might see it as just a top, but to the cyclists wearing it, it means so much more. Find out exactly how by reading on.
Who Will Win The Yellow Jersey?
Before we describe precisely what is meant by the yellow jersey, we've come up with plenty of expert odds for you to wager on based on who is likely to win one in the Tour de France. There are five main candidates and they are top tiers to bringing home the famed yellow jersey this year.
Here are those top five predicted winners and all their betting odds for Tour de France 2018:
- Nairo Quintana
- Mikel Landa
- Vincenzo Nibali
- Chris Froome
- Richie Porte
It's quite stiff copetitiion here, meaning watching the Tour will be a thrill-ride. We'll keep a close eye on these odds especially as the Tour takes place. Get all your expert betting odds here at GoWin.
TL;DR – With expert odds like these, you'll be clambering to make Tour de France bets!
Tour de France General Classification
The yellow jersey represents those in the Tour de France who reside in the General Classification of the race. This is the most important classification of the Tour de France as it determined who the winner is of each group day.
Typically the group leader is the one who wears the jersey, but there has and can be more than one cyclists wearing it. This has caused numerous scandals in the past, not to mention some confusion among those watching.
Tour de France: The Green Armband
Before the introduction of the yellow jersey, winners in the Tour de France were determined by a green armband. This happened in the very first Tour de France and was never used again, probably because a green armband is not as visible as a bright yellow jersey.
The rules were also changed. Instead of winners being determined by time, they were determined by points which consequently made the competition fairer overall. Although, for us viewing at home, it’s certainly made things a tad more confusing, but a bit of googling will help you decipher all the lingo.
Tour de France: A Belgian Scandal
In the 1913 Tour de France, Belgian cyclist Philippe Thys claimed he was given a yellow jersey to wear however he turned it down because he believed this would lead to competitors to target him over others in the race.
He makes an excellent point and it may be true that leaders in the general classification tend to be targeted more than others behind. However, all it took for Thys to cave in was an advertisement for Peugeot which the company persuaded him would be a good idea to wear the yellow jersey.
Doubtless, he was a very optimistic and intelligent man. On the other hand, there was no record of the yellow jersey every appearing before World War One, so it would seem he was one of the first few riders to don it.
Tour de France: Most Recent Wearer
The most recent wearer of the yellow jersey would be British rider Chris Froome OBE who has won so many cycling tournaments that he is considered an undisputed champion in the world of Tour de France.
Initially starting out as a climber, Froome soon become prominent in bike riding to the extent which allowed him to compete in serious tournaments. We also take an inordinate amount of joy in the name Froome sounds like “vroom” which is very apt indeed.