The Jerseys of the Tour
THE EMOTION OF THE RACE
Since 2012, the French athletic brand has provided Tour de France riders with high-tech, custom-designed products that prove its textile expertise.
BLEU, BLANC, JAUNE
After two starts in other countries, the Tour is back in France, kicking off at the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel. To celebrate this homecoming, the leaders’ jerseys will bear the national colours on trim along both back seams.
Le coq sportif’s jerseys give the leaders the best of its savoir-faire, through a combination of high-tech materials designed specifically for each section and have an anatomical cut for better breathability and adherence while you ride. The short sleeves are made of a supple, seamless elastane blend fabric for added comfort. The sleeves extend to just below the triceps, eliminating pressure and encouraging circulation in the arms.
The mid-length zipper and the ultra-breathable full back vent encourage air circulation. Each detail effectively regulates riders’ body temperatures as the weather conditions change, reducing the amount of energy they expend.
Comfort and aerodynamics, two key priorities for riders, are finally ensured thanks to the jersey’s non-chafing flat seams, the silicone strip at the hem, the elastic on the back, and the polyurethane strips at the base of the sleeves, for perfect support.
These jerseys, and the 14 July Yellow Jersey from the 2015 Tour, feature the performance logo on a tricolour arched podium. This superb logo made its début in the 2015-2016 season on items for many of the brand’s sponsored clubs and athletes.
The legendary Yellow Jersey - worn by the general leader - along with the Green Jersey for best sprinter, the White Jersey for best young rider, and the King of the Mountains’ red Polka-dot Jersey, were made in le coq sportif’s workshops in Romilly-sur-Seine, in the Aube.© Le Coq Sportif
The Green Jersey
The green jersey was created in 1953 for the 50th anniversary of the race. It brought a new interest to the race, the yellow jersey not being the only jersey at stake any longer. The first green jersey in history was held by Swiss Fritz Schaer. It is worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are being awarded in the intermediate sprints and the stage finishes.
The Polka-Dot Jersey
The King of the Mountains classification was created in 1933 for the best climbers (first winner: Spain’s Vicente Trueba). But the polka-dot jersey only appeared in 1975. France’s Richard Virenque holds the record of most KOM jerseys: he won it seven times between 1994 and 2004.
The White Jersey
It was created in 1975. In 1988, the jersey was abandoned, but not the best young rider classification.
The white jersey was reintroduced in the peloton in 2000. It rewards the best-placed under-25 rider in the overall standings. The jersey revealed some of the best talents in the sport – Denis Menchov in 2003, Alberto Contador in 2007, Andy Schleck from 2008 and 2010, Pierre Rolland in 2012.
The 2016 TOUR DE FRANCE jerseys are available at lecoqsportif.com
Emile Camuset opens a hosiery factory in Romilly-Sur-Seine, in the Aube.
Henri Desgrange creates a cycling contest that will become one of the cultest sporting events ever, Le Tour De France.
Le Coq Sportif creates its first cycling jersey, the No 29.
LE COQ SPORTIF STEPS IN THE GRANDE BOUCLE
Thanks to its modern jerseys, le coq sportif becomes the official tour de france' jerseys provider. a first recognition for the brand with the triangle.
Louison Bobet reigns on the cycling world with Coppi in the first half of the 50s.
Popular and brave champion, he wins the first Tour de France of his career in 1953, his 6th participation. In the picture, Louison doing his first lap of honour at the Parc des Princes for the 50th anniversary of the Tour.
JACQUES ANQUETIL X RAYMOND POULIDOR
Four years after his first victory, Jacques Anquetil takes part to the Tour for the fourth time.
Anquetil declares that he wants to take up the challenge of wearing the yellow jersey from the first to the last phase of the contest, something he will indeed achieve.
Forever the runner up of the Tour de France behind Jacques Anquetil in the 60s and then behind Eddy Merckx in the 70s, Poulidor "Poupou" enjoys a great popularity with the French public. He never wore the yellow jersey, failing by a handful of seconds, 14 exactly, on the summit of the Puy de Dome in 1964. He was neck and neck with Anquetil during the entire ascent only to fail at the top, in what is still nowadays a cult Tour de France duel.
During the Tour de France 1969, Eddy Merckx takes cyclism to a new age after his incredible performance in the ride to Mourenx. He is already the leader of the Tour by far, the Belgian rider, also nicknamed "The Cannibal", affords himself a solo break away over 140 km to win with 8 minutes over his challengers. He wins the first of his five Tour de France.
« Tous en jaune ! », la Fête du Tour dans le Grand Nancy
During his first victory on the Tour in 1986, Bernard Hinault is his team mate but also his greatest opponent with the two men finishing at the top of the ranking. On this stage leading to the Alpe d'Huez, the two men lose their adversaries and arrive hand in hand to the top.
The Shark was the strongest on the 2014 edition. From the second day, on the English ground, Vincenzo Nibali left his mark on this Tour de France by winning the stage alone. The Italian rider took the lead on his rivals by winning 3 stages and commanded respect with his impressive victory on the climb to Hautacam where he finished 1 minute before his first pursuer. Two French competitors completed the final podium 7 minutes after the leader: Jean-Christophe Péraud and Thibault Pinot.
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