Cycling jersey

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Commercial version of maillot jaune, 2004

A cycling jersey is a specialized jersey (shirt) 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.

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

Origin[edit]

The best known jerseys are probably the yellow jersey from the Tour de France and the pink jersey from the Giro d'Italia. These jerseys were given the same color as the paper their original main sponsors (both sports newspapers) were printed on: yellow and pink paper, respectively. 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 jerseys[edit]

Multi-day courses[edit]

Course General leader Points leader Mountain leader Youth leader Other
Eneco Tour Jersey white.svg
White jersey
(Witte trui or Maillot blanc)
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
(Rode trui or Maillot rouge)
There is no special jersey for the mountain leader. Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
(Groen trui or Maillot vert)
Giro d'Italia Jersey pink.svg
Pink jersey
(Italian: maglia rosa)
Jersey red.svg
Red Jersey
(Italian: maglia rossa)
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
(Italian: maglia azzurra)
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
(Italian: maglia bianca)
Jersey black.svg
Last in race:
Black jersey
(Italian: maglia nera)

Intergiro:
Sky-blue jersey (or maglia azzurra)
Tour de France Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
(French: maillot jaune)
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
(French: maillot vert)
Jersey polkadot.svg
Polka dot jersey
(French: maillot à pois rouges)
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
(French: maillot blanc)
Last in race:
Red lantern (figure of speech)
Jersey red number.svg
Jersey yellow number.svg


Historical:

Jersey combined.svg

Vuelta a España Jersey red.svg
Rojo jersey or
(Spanish: La Roja)
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
(Spanish: Jersey Verde)
Jersey blue dotted.png
Blue Polka dot jersey
(Spanish: Jersey puntos azules)
Jersey white.svg
Combination classification
White jersey
Historical:
Jersey blue-yellowfish.svg

Points:Fish jersey
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg
Yellow and blue jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey white dots on red.svg
Red with white polka-dots jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Combined:
Blue jersey
Tour de Suisse Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey red-blackdots.svg
Points jersey
Jersey unknown.svg
GPM-jersey
(dependent on sponsor)
Jersey unknown.svg
  • Sprint leader:
    ?

Jersey unknown.svg
  • Leading group:
    (dependent on sponsor)
Tour of California Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Tour of Missouri Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
MaillotCyan.PNG
Aqua jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Paris–Nice Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey polkadot.svg
Polka dot jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Volta a Catalunya Jersey white greenstripes.PNG
White and Green striped jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Tour de Romandie Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Tour of the Basque Country Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Tour de Pologne Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Tirreno–Adriatico Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Tour Down Under Jersey orange.svg
Ochre jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Jersey black.svg
Black jersey

Aggressive Rider:
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey

Tour of Turkey MaillotCyan.PNG
Turquoise jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey red.svg
Red jersey
Turkish Beauties Classification leader:
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Tour de Luxembourg Jersey yellow.svg
Yellow jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey green.svg
Green jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Vuelta Mexico Telmex Jersey yellow.svg (Spanish: Jersey Amarillo) Jersey pink.svg (Spanish: Jersey Rojo) Jersey blue.svg (Spanish: Jersey Azul)
Jersey red.svg
Combativity Leader (Spanish: Jersey Verde)
Jersey green.svg
Best Mexican(Spanish: Jersey Blanco)
Tour of Britain Jersey gold.svg
Gold jersey
Jersey blue.svg
Blue jersey
Jersey white.svg
White jersey
Jersey green.svg
Sprint classification:
Green jersey
Tour of Qatar Jersey gold.svg
Gold jersey
Jersey grey.svg
Silver jersey
Jersey white.svg
Pearl jersey

Championship Jerseys[edit]

Championship of Jersey
World Cycling Championship Jersey rainbow.svg
Rainbow jersey
European Cycling Championship UEC Champion Jersey.svg
UEC European Champion jersey
UCI Women's Road World Cup Womens World Cup leaders jersey.png
Australia MaillotAustralia.PNG
Austria MaillotAustria.PNG
Belarus MaillotBielorrusia.PNG
Belgium MaillotBélgica.svg
Driekleur trikot
Brazil MaillotBrasil.PNG
Burkina Faso MaillotBurkinaFaso.svg
Canada MaillotCan.PNG
Chile MaillotChile.PNG
Colombia MaillotColombia.PNG
Croatia MaillotCroacia.PNG
Czech Republic MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG
Denmark MaillotDinamarca.PNG
Estonia MaillotEstonia.PNG
Finland MaillotFinlandia.PNG
France MaillotFra.PNG
Germany MaillotAlemania.PNG
Great Britain MaillotReinoUnido.PNG
Hungary MaillotHungría.PNG
Ireland MaillotIrlanda.PNG
Israel MaillotIsrael.gif
Italy MaillotItalia.svg
Maglia tricolore
Japan MaillotJapón.PNG
Kazakhstan MaillotKaz.PNG
Latvia MaillotLetonia.PNG
Lithuania MaillotLituania.PNG
Luxembourg MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG
Mexico MaillotMexicano.PNG
Moldova MaillotMoldavia.PNG
The Netherlands MaillotHolanda.PNG
New Zealand MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG
Norway MaillotNoruega.PNG
Poland MaillotPolonia.PNG
Portugal MaillotPortugal.PNG
Russia MaillotRusia.PNG
Slovakia MaillotSlovakia.gif
Slovenia MaillotEslovenia.PNG
South Africa MaillotSudáfrica.PNG
Spain MaillotEspaña.PNG
Sweden MaillotSuecia.PNG
Switzerland MaillotSuiza.PNG
Ukraine MaillotUcrania.PNG
United States MaillotUSA.PNG
Uzbekistan MaillotUzbekistán.PNG
Venezuela MaillotVenezuela.svg