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Sporting stakes / rules

What is there to win?

The rules are the bible for a sporting competition. Through their balance and subtleties, they must ensure equality, motivate the riders and help spectators and viewers to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points in the rules.

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The Stakes

In the pack of 198 riders, there are many different objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and missions of each rider. The most collective of individual sports involves the majority of them in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other goals to be achieved during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

  • Stage victories

    The 21 stages of Le Tour 2015 are divided up as follows: 9 flat stages, 3 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages with 5 high-altitude finishes, 1 individual time-trial stage and 1 team time-trial stage.
    The stage victory has been sponsored by Powerbar.

  • The Yellow Jersey

    It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
    The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.

  • The Green Jersey

    It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points are won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
    The Green Jersey has been sponsored by Skoda since 2015.

  • The Red Polka Dot Jersey

    It is worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope. The prize money is doubled on the stage finishes that will take place at the summit of climbs.
    The Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Carrefour.

  • The White Jersey

    It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less (in the running year) in the general individual time classification.
    The White jersey has been sponsored by Krys since 2015.

  • Most Aggressive rider prize

    This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour.
    The Most aggressive rider Prize has been sponsored by Antargaz since 2014.

  • The team classification

    This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each team in each stage (except for the team time-trial).
    The team classification has been sponsored by RAGT Semences.

  • Only one time-trial

    14 kilometres in the streets of Utrecht to kick off. It’ll be the only solo effort of the 2015 edition, in other words the shortest mileage since the introduction of time-trials in 1947. However, the strong riders will have another opportunity to express themselves during stage 9, a 28 km team time-trial.

  • Seconds up for grabs

    Time bonuses are awarded at all of road stage finishes that is to say with the exception of the individual and team time trial stages. They are 10, 6 and 4 seconds to the first three riders to finish.

  • Points to conquer

    Except for stage 9 that will be a team time-trial, points counting for the Green Jersey classification will be up for grabs at the finishes as well as the intermediate sprints of the normal stages. A new points scale will give greater value to first position.
    The points of the Best Climber’s classification will be given out at the top of each listed hill or mountain and points will be doubled at the summit finishes (La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Plateau de Beille, Pra-Loup, La Toussuire - Les Sybelles, Alpe-d’Huez).

  • Points distribution

    The Green Jersey will be rewarded to the points’ classification leader. Points will be given out at the finish of each stage and at a single intermediate sprint on each of the normal road stages.
    The Polka-Dot Jersey will be worn by the leader of the best climbers’ classification. Points will be given at the top of each mountain and hill. They will be doubled for the mountain-top finishes.

  • Helmets must be worn at all times

    All riders must wear a helmet for the entire duration of each stage and on each stage.

  • Falls in the last three kilometres

    As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group which they belonged to. This rule is not applicable in time-trial stages and stages that finish at the summit of a climb.

Jersey wearers after the stage 1

Classifications after the stage 1

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Sponsorship and Environment

Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more

A.S.O. is committed to integrating environmental considerations into the organisation of its races: Limiting CO2 emissions; A quality waste management policy for the spectators but also for the organisers and the riders; The promotion of cycling as an alternative, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Read more

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