"Tour de France" — Classification jerseys
The Tour de France is made even more spectacular by having 4 overall and daily competitions all within the same race. In addition to the Maillot Jaune, cyclists will fight to win the Maillot Vert (green jersey), the Maillot a Pois (polka dot Jersey) and the Maillot Blanc (white jersey).
Each day, the itinerary may include various intermediary sprints as well as a final sprint. The first cyclists to cross the sprinting lines accumulate points to rate in the classification. The person totaling the most points on a given day receives the Maillot Vert that he will proudly wear on the following racing day. The stage winner, may not always be the recipient of the Maillot Vert, but winning a stage of the Tour de France is a great accomplishment and honor on its own.
The best sprinters will battle not only to win as many stages as possible, but also to take the overall winning points to endorse the Maillot Vert in Paris at the end of the Tour de France. Flat stages are sprinters' favorite terrains where races always almost finish with a sprint. Hilly and accidented terrains are where barouders (also known as punchers) will try to disturb the plans of sprinting teams by breaking away and trying to get a stage victory on their own. It's a game of cat and mouse that can ad great suspense to a race.
The pure mountain climbers fight on every climbs, including those in the valleys to gather points and win the Maillot a Pois also known as the Best Climber's jersey.
The youngest cyclist with the shortest accumulated time endorses the Maillot Blanc. It's equivalent to the Maillot Jaune for cyclists under 25 years old.
With four trophy maillots to aim for in addition to stage victories and the best overall position on the general classification, the Tour de France is a fascinating event to watch. The scenery of some of the most gorgeous regions of France is another reason not to miss watching the Tour de France.
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