If you’ve ever watched a cycling WorldTour such as the Tour de France, you may have noticed the different coloured jerseys independently worn by certain competitors. These coloured jerseys each represent a specific achievement in the race, so wearing a jersey is highly prestigious and therefore coveted by competitors.
At the beginning of the race, the only jerseys worn by the riders are their own team jerseys, which are sometimes marked with national colours if they are a champion in their home country. However, after a single stage up to all of the special jerseys are given out to certain riders. This means the wearer of a jersey can change after each stage.
The yellow jersey is the most known jersey in cycling history. It represents the leader of the General Classification (GC) in road races, most famously the Tour de France.
In order to become leader of the GC, a rider must have completed the entire race in the lowest cumulative time. This is determined by adding up the total amount of time taken for a rider to complete each stage at the end of the race; therefore it is possible for a rider to have not finished first in any stage but still be awarded the yellow jersey.
In the 2014 Tour de France, winning Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali wore the yellow jersey for the majority of the race.
Other WorldTour races may use a different coloured jersey to represent the leader of the GC, such as the Giro d’Italia, in which the overall leader sports a pink jersey.
The green jersey is given to rider with the highest number of points. This is calculated by totalling the amount of points a rider has accumulated overall.
Points can be gained by sprinting to cross the finish line in each stage, with the amount of points dependent on the finishing position. Points can also awarded for winning sprints at certain places along the route of a stage, often referred to as an intermediate sprint.
As well as this, time trials are opportunity for riders to gain points.
In the 2014 Tour de France, Slovakian rider Peter Sagan was able to secure the green jersey after winning the points classification for the third year in a row.
The white jersey is similar to the yellow jersey in that it is given to the rider that has completed the race in the shortest amount of time, however they must be under the age of 26 years old.
The wearer of the white jersey if often referred to as best young rider.
The winner of the white jersey in the 2014 Tour de France was French rider Thibaut Pinot, aged 24.
The Polka-dot jersey is awarded to the best climber in the race, often referred to as King of the Mountains.
There are numerous mountain stages in each race, which are categorised in terms of the steepness and length. Categories range from 1-4, 1 being the hardest. There is also a special outside category (Hors categorie) for mountains that are more difficult than category 1 mountains.
Points are rewarded to those who cross the finish line in the top positions, with the hardness of the stage determining the amount of points.
Points are doubled in the five summit finish stages – La Planche des Belle Filles, Chamrousse, Risoul, Pla d’Adet and Hautacam.
Our Cycling Jersey Jewellery Gifts
We have designed a beautiful range of sterling silver charms, key rings and cufflinks as an ode to the glory and pride that comes with being awarded one of these special jerseys, making them the perfect gift to commemorate a cycling achievement.
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You can customise the design of any jersey jewellery piece to include coloured metals and gemstones if you wish to depict a specific jersey colour. Please see our bespoke page for more details.