Cycling jersey

A cycling jersey is a specialized jersey for cycling. While the vast majority of cyclists worldwide wear conventional clothing while riding, a jersey offers certain advantages for the sport-oriented cyclist. A cycling jersey is cut long in the back to accommodate the bent-over position used in sport-oriented cycling. Any pockets on the jersey are placed on the back panel as front pockets would tend to spill. The zipper is often made very long so that the cyclist can open up the jersey to allow for ventilation. The cycling jersey is usually worn with a tight fit in order to reduce air resistance. Jerseys are made from a material designed to wick moisture from the skin, keeping the cyclist cooler and more comfortable.

Commercial version of the yellow jersey, 2004

Professional cycling is heavily sponsored; the traditional cycling jersey is printed with the logos of a few of the cycling team's sponsors.

OriginEdit

Jerseys symbolising race positions include the yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, from the Tour de France, the pink jersey, or maglia rosa, from the Giro d'Italia, and the red jersey, or la roja, from the Vuelta a España. The first two jerseys were given the same color as the paper their original main sponsors (both sports newspapers) were printed on: yellow and pink paper, respectively. The overall leader at the Vuelta at present wears a red jersey, although previously it has been the "maillot amarillo" (yellow jersey) and the "jersey de oro" (golden jersey). Many other jerseys are colored or designed after a sponsor's logo, and some jerseys change color when a new sponsor is found.

Overview of jerseysEdit

Grand Tour racesEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Giro d'Italia
Pink jersey
(maglia rosa)
Cyclamen Jersey
(maglia ciclamino)
Blue jersey
(maglia azzurra)
White jersey
(maglia bianca)
Blue jersey (maglia azzurra) (1989-2006)
  • Last in Race:
Black jersey (maglia nera) (1946-1951)
Red jersey (maglia rossa) (1967-1968, 2010-2016)
Green jersey (maglia verde) (1974-2011)
  Tour de France
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
Last in race:
Red lantern (figure of speech)
  • Most combative:
  • Leading Team:
White jersey (maillot blanc) (1968-1974)
Combined jersey (maillot mondrian) (1980-1989)
Red jersey (maillot rouge) (1984-1989)
  Vuelta a España
Red jersey
(maillot rojo)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
Blue Polka dot jersey
(maillot de lunares)
White jersey
(maillot blanco)
  • Most combative:
Green number (dorsal verde)
  • Leading Team:
Red Number (dorsal rojo)
Combined jersey (maillot multicolor) (1988-1992)
Orange-White-Green jersey (maillot tricolor) (2005)
White jersey (maillot blanco) (2006-2018)
  • General classification:
Orange jersey (maillot naranja) (1935-1936, 1942, 1977)
White jersey (maillot blanco) (1941)
Yellow jersey (maillot amarillo) (1955-1976, 1978-1998)
Gold jersey (maillot oro) (1999-2009)
Black dotted jersey (maillot granos de café) (1988-1989)
White jersey (maillot blanco) (1994-1998)
White-Gold jersey (maillot blanquioro) (1999)
White-Blue jersey (maillot blanquiazul) (2000)
Granate-white jersey (maillot graniblanco) (2001)
Orange jersey (maillot naranja) (2002-2003, 2006)
Granate jersey (maillot granate) (2004-2005)
Silver jersey (maillot plata) (2007)
Rosa jersey (maillot fucsia) (1994-1998)
Silver jersey (maillot plata) (1999-2000)
Orange jersey (maillot naranja) (2001)
Granate-white jersey (maillot granate-blanco) (2002)
Orange dot jersey (maillot de lunares) (2003)
Fish jersey (maillot de peces) (2004-2006)
Granate jersey (maillot granate) (2007)
Blue jersey (maillot azul) (2008)
  • Special Sprints classification:
Blue jersey (maillot azul) (1999-2000)
Green-White jersey (maillot verdiblanco) (2001)
  • Young Classification:
Red number (dorsal rojo) (2017-2018)

Women's Grand Tour racesEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Giro Rosa
Pink jersey
(maglia rosa)
Cyclamen Jersey
(maglia ciclamino)
Green jersey
(maglia verde)
White jersey
(maglia bianca)

UCI World Tour (stage) racesEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Tour Down Under
Ochre jersey
Blue jersey
Blue Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  UAE Tour
Red jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Black jersey
  Paris–Nice
Yellow and white jersey
(maillot jaune et blanc)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Polka-dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Most combative:
Red number
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  • General Jersey:
Blue jersey (maillot bleu) (1933-1945)
Green jersey (maillot vert) (1946-1954)
White jersey (maillot blanc) (1955-2001)
Yellow jersey (maillot jaune) (1951-1954, 2002-2017)
  • Points Jersey:
Pink jersey (maillot rose) (????-1984, 2000)
Yellow jersey (maillot jaune) (1999)
Violet jersey (maillot violette) (2001)
  Tirreno–Adriatico
Blue jersey
(maglia azzurra)
Orange jersey
(maglia arancio)
Green jersey
(maglia verde)
White jersey
(maglia bianca)
  • General Jersey:
Yellow-Red jersey (????-2007)
  • Points Jersey:
Red jersey (maglia rossa) (????-2017)
  Volta a Catalunya
White and Green striped jersey
(mallot blanc amb ratlles verdes)
White and orange striped jersey
(mallot blanc amb ratlles taronjas)
White and red striped jersey
(mallot blanc amb ratlles vermelles)
White and blue striped jersey
(mallot blanc amb ratlles blaves)
  Itzulia Basque Country
Yellow jersey
White jersey
Polka-dot jersey
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Blue jersey
  • Leading Team:
Yellow number
  Tour de Romandie
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Pink jersey
White jersey
  • Most combative:
Red Number
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  Tour de Suisse
Yellow jersey
Black jersey
Blue jersey
  • Best Swiss Rider:
Red jersey
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  Critérium du Dauphiné
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1947-2010)
Yellow and blue jersey
(maillot jaune et bleu)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
White polka-dot blue jersey
(maillot bleu à pois blanc)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  • Mountains classification:
White Polka dot jersey
(maillot rouge à pois blanc) (1948-2017)
  Tour de Pologne
Yellow jersey
(żółta koszulka)
White jersey
(biała koszulka)
Rose jersey
(różowa koszulka)
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Blue jersey (niebieski koszulka)
  /   BinckBank Tour
Eneco Tour (2005-2016)
Green jersey
(groen trui or maillot vert)
Red jersey
(rode trui or maillot rouge)
  • Combativity leader:
White jersey (witte trui or maillot blanc)
  • General leader:
Red jersey (rode trui or maillot rouge) (2005-2007)
White jersey (witte trui or maillot blanc) (2008-2016)
  • Points leader:
Blue jersey (blauw trui or maillot bleu) (2005, 2017)
White jersey (witte trui or maillot blanc) (2006-2007)
Red jersey (rode trui or maillot rouge) (2008-2016)
  • Mountains leader:
White jersey (witte trui or maillot blanc) (2005)
  • Young leader:
Yellow jersey
(geel trui or maillot jaune) (2005-2006)
Green jersey (groen trui or maillot vert) (2010–2011)
  • Combativity leader:
Black jersey (witte trui or maillot blanc) (2012–2014, 2017-2018)
Green jersey (groen trui or maillot vert) (2015)
  Tour of Guangxi
Red jersey
Blue jersey
Blue Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  Tour of California
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Red jersey
White jersey

UCI ProSeries (stage) racesEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Vuelta a San Juan
White jersey
(maillot blanco)
Yellow jersey
(maillot amarillo)
Orange jersey
(maillot naranja)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
  Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Yellow jersey
(maillot amarillo)
White jersey
(maillot blanco)
Polka dot jersey
(maillot de lunares)
  • Combination leader:
Green jersey (maillot verde)
  Tour de Langkawi
Yellow jersey
Aqua jersey
Red jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Oman
Red jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
  Tour La Provence
Multicolor jersey
(maillot multicolore)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red jersey
(maillot rouge)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Best Provence:
Orange jersey (maillot orange)
  • General leader:
Yellow jersey (maillot jaune) (2016)
Blue jersey (maillot bleu) (2017-2018)
  Vuelta a Andalucía
Yellow jersey
(maillot amarillo)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
Orange jersey
(maillot naranja)
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Blue jersey (maillot azul)
  • General leader:
Red jersey (maillot rojo)
  • Mountains leader:
Green jersey (maillot verde)
  • Int. Sprints leader:
White jersey (maillot blanco)
  • Points leader:
Blue jersey (maillot azul)
Orange jersey (maillot naranja)
  Volta ao Algarve
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Hainan
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Polka-dot jersey
  • Best asian rider:
Cyan jersey
  Presidential Tour of Turkey
Turquoise jersey
Green jersey
Red jersey
  • Best Turkish leader:
White jersey
  /   Tour of the Alps
Giro del Trentino (1962-2014, 2016)
Giro del Trentino Melinda (2015)
Cyclamen Jersey
(maglia ciclamino)
Green Jersey
(maglia verde)
White jersey
(maglia bianca)
  • Sprints leader:
Red jersey (maglia rossa)
  Tour de Yorkshire
Blue jersey
Green jersey
Rosa jersey
  • Most Aggressive:
Grey jersey
  4 Jours de Dunkerque
Pink jersey
(maillot rose)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Polka-dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  Tour of Norway
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  Boucles de la Mayenne
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Belgium
Blue jersey
Red jersey
White jersey
  • Stage winner:
Green jersey
  Tour of Slovenia
Green jersey
Red jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Austria
Red jersey
Green jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  • General leader:
Yellow jersey
  Tour of Qinghai Lake
Red jersey
Green jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  Tour de Wallonie
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
Red jersey
  • Intermediate Sprints:
Violet jersey
  Vuelta a Burgos
Violet jersey
(maillot violeta)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
Red jersey
(maillot rojo)
White jersey
(maillot blanco)
  • Leading Team:
Red Number (dorsal rojo)
  Tour of Utah
Yellow jersey
White jersey
Blue Polka dot jersey
Aqua jersey
  • Combativity leader:
Orange jersey
  Arctic Race of Norway
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Orange jersey
White jersey
  • Most combative:
  Danmark Rundt
Cyan jersey
Green jersey
Orange jersey
White jersey
  Deutschland Tour
Red jersey
Green jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Britain
Gold jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  • Sprint leader:
Green jersey
  Tour de Luxembourg
Yellow jersey
Blue jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
  Route d'Occitanie
Orange jersey
Green jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey

UCI Continental Tour (stage) racesEdit

UCI Europe TourEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Étoile de Bessèges
Orange jersey
(maillot orange)
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Blue jersey
(maillot bleu)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  Vuelta a Murcia
Yellow jersey
(maillot amarillo)
White jersey
(maillot blanco)
Red jersey
(maillot rojo)
  • Intemediate Sprints leader:
Blue jersey
(maillot azul)
  Tour of Antalya
  Tour du Haut Var
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red jersey
(maillot rouge)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  Tour de Savoie Mont-Blanc
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Blue jersey
(maillot vert)
Red jersey
(maillot rouge)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Team leader:
Pink jersey
  • Combativy leader:
Green jersey
  • Combination leader:
Orange jersey
  • Stage Winner leader:
Cyan jersey
  International Tour of Rhodes
  Sibiu Cycling Tour
  Tour of Mevlana
  Tour of Bihor - Bellotto
  Dookoła Mazowsza
  Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
  Tour of Kosovo
  Tour Alsace
White Yellow jersey
White Green jersey
White Red jersey
White Blue jersey
  • Combativy leader:
White Combined jersey
  • First french rider:
White Pink jersey
  • Intermediate Sprints leader:
White Blue-Green jersey
  Volta a Portugal
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  Tour de l'Ain
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
White Polka dot jersey
(maillot bleu à pois blanc)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Most combative:
  Three Days of West Flanders
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Red jersey
  • Best West Flandrian:
Black jersey
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  Volta ao Alentejo
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Brown jersey
White jersey
  Tour de Normandie
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Blue Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois bleus)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Red jersey (maillot rouge)
  Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
Red jersey
White jersey
Green jersey
Orange jersey
  Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
White jersey
Green jersey
Granate jersey
  • Sprints leader:
Blue jersey
  Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Pink jersey
Blue jersey
  • Sprints leader:
White jersey
  • Stage Winner Jersey:
Orange jersey
  Circuit de la Sarthe
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Grey jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
  • Sprints leader:
Red jersey
  Circuit des Ardennes
Yellow jersey
Grey jersey
Gold Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  • Combativity leader:
Red jersey
  Tour du Loir-et-Cher
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Blue Polka dot jersey
White jersey
  Tour of Mersin
  Vuelta a Castilla y León
Multicolor jersey
(maillot multicolor)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
Red jersey
(maillot rojo)
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Blue jersey (maillot azul)
  • General leader:
Granate jersey (maillot granate) (????-2010)
Grey jersey (maillot gris) (2011-2012)
  Vuelta a Asturias
Blue jersey
(maillot azul)
Green jersey
(maillot verde)
Blue Polka dot jersey
(maillot de lunares)
  • Intermediate sprints leader:
Newspaper jersey (maillot del periódico)
  • General leader:
Yellow jersey (maillot amarillo) (1925-2010)
  • Mountains leader:
Green-Blue jersey (maillot verdiazul)
  • Points leader:
Red jersey (maillot rojo)
  Tour of Croatia
Red jersey
Blue jersey
Green jersey
White jersey
  Tour de Bretagne
Green and white jersey
(maillot vert et blanc)
Blue and white jersey
(maillot bleu et blanc)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
Red jersey
(maillot rouge)
  • Combination leader:
Pink jersey (maillot rose)
  • Intermedite Sprints leader:
White jersey (maillot blanc)
  Flèche du Sud
  Tour d'Azerbaïdjan
Turquoise jersey
Green jersey
Red jersey
Violet jersey
  Four Days of Dunkirk
Pink jersey
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
  Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Purple jersey
(maillot violette)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Combination leader:
Red jersey (maillot rouge)
  • Sprints leader:
Blue jersey (maillot bleu)
  Tour de Berlin
  Tour de Picardie
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Blue jersey
(maillot bleu)
  Volta Internacional Cova da Beira
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Blue jersey
White jersey
  Bałtyk–Karkonosze Tour
  Ronde de l'Isard
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
Blue jersey
(maillot bleu)
  Paris–Arras Tour
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  Rás Tailteann
  Okolo Slovenska
Yellow jersey
(žltý dres)
Blue Polka dot jersey
(biely dres s modrými bodmi)
Red Polka dot jersey
(biely dres s červenými bodmi)
White jersey
(biely dres)
  • Best Slovak rider:
White-blue-red jersey (biel-modro-červený dres)
  Tour de Hongrie
Yellow jersey
(sárga trikó)
Green jersey
(zöld trikó)
Red jersey
(piros trikó)
White jersey
(fehér trikó)
  Tour of Denmark
Yellow jersey
Blue jersey
Polka-dot jersey
White jersey

UCI Asia TourEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Tour of Saudi Arabia
Green jersey
Red jersey
Red Polka dot jersey
White jersey

Former Stage racesEdit

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other Historical
  Tour of Missouri
(2007-2009)
Yellow jersey
Green jersey
Aqua jersey
White jersey
  Vuelta Mexico Telmex
(2008-2015)
Yellow jersey
(maillot amarillo)
Red jersey
(maillot rojo)
Blue jersey
(maillot azul)
  • Combativity Leader:
Green jersey (maillot verde)
  • Best Mexican rider:
White jersey (maillot blanco)
  Tour of Qatar
(2002-2016)
Gold jersey
Silver jersey
White jersey
  Critérium International
(1932-2016)
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red Polka dot jersey
(maillot à pois rouges)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)
  • Leading Team:
Yellow Number
  La Méditerranéenne
(1974-2016)
Yellow jersey
(maillot jaune)
Green jersey
(maillot vert)
Red jersey
(maillot rouge)
White jersey
(maillot blanc)

Championship JerseysEdit

Championship of Jersey
World Cycling Championship  
Rainbow jersey
European Cycling Championship  
UEC European Champion jersey
UCI Women's Road World Cup (1998-2015)  
UCI Men's Road World Cup (1989-2004)  
Australia  
Austria  
Belarus  
Belgium  
Driekleur trikot
Brazil  
Burkina Faso  
Canada  
Chile  
Colombia  
Croatia  
Czech Republic  
Denmark  
Estonia  
Finland  
France  
Germany  
Great Britain  
Hungary  
Ireland  
Israel  
Italy  
Maglia tricolore
Japan  
Kazakhstan  
Latvia  
Lithuania  
Luxembourg  
Mexico  
Moldova  
The Netherlands  
New Zealand  
Norway  
Poland  
Portugal  
Russia  
Slovakia  
Slovenia  
South Africa  
Spain  
Sweden  
Switzerland  
Ukraine  
United States  
Uzbekistan  
Venezuela  

ReferencesEdit