While the overall race leader in the Tour de France will wear the yellow jersey, or "maillot jaune", the green jersey ("maillot vert") will be worn by the leader in the points competition. Since 2009, the Vuelta a España has also used the green jersey to signify the leader of the points competition. In the Giro d'Italia, the green jersey was, from 1974 to 2011, worn by the King of the Mountains, the leader in the competition for climbing specialists.
The following events use the "green jersey" to signify the current leader and/or final winner of the overall classification by points (often known as the sprinters competition):
- Tour de France (known as the "maillot vert") (see also Points classification in the Tour de France)
- Vuelta a España
- Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- Tour de l'Avenir
- Tour de Georgia
- Tour de Romandie
- Tour of Ireland
- Tour of California (known as the "sprints classification")
Mountains competition leader
The following events use or have used the "green jersey" to signify the current leader and/or final winner of the overall classification of the best climber (often known as the King of the Mountains competition):
- Giro d'Italia (Italian: known as the maglia verde: 1974 to 2011) (see also Mountains classification in the Giro d'Italia)
- Tour de Pologne (Polish: known as the najlepszy góral or Klasyfikacja Górska)
- Vuelta a España (prior to 2008)
As of 2009, no major race uses the "green jersey" to signify the current leader and/or final winner of the overall classification of sprinter where the polka dot jersey represents the king of the mountain.
- David Clark Scott (9 July 2010). "Tour de France 101: What do different color jerseys mean?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 15 October 2014.