Tour de France 2018: What Do The Jerseys Symbolise?
Each Tour de France 4 different jerseys are available to win; the green, the yellow, the polka dot and the white. What do these different jerseys mean, and why is this important in the Tour de France? All the jerseys for the 2018 Tour de France have incorporated a colourful side panel to add a geometric and more modern feature, without changing the overall colours of the jerseys.
The History of the jerseys
The first Tour de France was organised in 1903, where 5 stages of the race were included; Paris as the starting and finishing points, then Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes. The first ever race attracted 15 competitors, which grew to approximately 40 the year after.
The Yellow Jersey
This jersey represents the overall classification leader for the race, also known as the ‘maillot jaune’. The rider who completes the race in the least time gets to wear this jersey at the end of the race for the awards ceremony.
Bradley Wiggins, in 2012 was the first British rider to finish the race, earning a yellow jersey, followed by Chris Froome in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
We have chosen our Domaine Horgelus Colombard Sauvignon to represent our overall winner because this is our overall most popular wine. From the Cotes de Gascogne in the South West area of France, our Colombard Sauvignon pairs well with fish and shellfish.
“This exquisite marriage of colombard and sauvignon reveals citrus and floral aromas, very refreshing and full of flavours.”
The Green Jersey
This jersey represents the points classification leader, which is judged by the points from each stage in the race, with additional points for sprinters during some of the stages. This jersey is normally considered to be a ‘sprinters jersey’ but it requires all-round skills to gain this recognition, with most points awarded on flatter days. In 1953 this jersey was introduced into the race.
The jersey was decided to be green because the original sponsor for this jersey was a lawn mower.
We have chosen our Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas as this wine has won multiple awards over the years, from the Concours General Agricole Paris Wine Competition for its 2010 and 2011, gaining a Silver award and a Gold in the Decanter Awards for their 2010 vintage.
The Polka-Dot Jersey
This jersey represents the king of the mountains, which is earned by the amount of points awarded, depending on the steepness of the mountain.
The climbs are split into 4 categories, with 1 being the most difficult and 4 being the least difficult. The fifth category is the ‘Hors Categorie’, which is for the hardest and most exceptional of climbs. The maillot à pois rouges jersey is awarded to the rider with the most mountainous points. The first climbers award was given in 1933, and the first Polka-Dot jersey was given out in 1975.
We have chosen our Château Rousset Classique White because the vineyard is located in the mountains in Pierrevert, Provence, giving this wine a Provincial and Rhone-like character.
The White Jersey
This jersey represents the best young rider classification, with its understated white jersey. This award is given to the best rider under 26, which reaches the best overall classification. This jersey was first awarded in 1975 with Francesco Moser winning this.
We have chosen Les Paissels as our White Jersey wine because the Les Paissels family gained their skills from being Pierre Cros’ apprentice. This vineyard has shown exceptional skills and diversity in their winemaking, and was crowned by Tim Atkin Sud de France the top of Top 100 wines in 2015.