The Yellow Jersey, which first appeared in the Tour de France pack on 19 July 1919 on the shoulders of Eugène Christophe, who led the general classification until the day before the finish. It has become one of the most iconic kits in the world of sport.
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At the 2019 Tour de France, to celebrate the jersey turning
100 years old, each stage leaders will receive a customised yellow jersey.
Here’s what those jerseys for every stage will look like and
the inspiration behind them.
Note: The stage mentioned is the stage for which the leader will be wearing the specific jersey.
Bruxelles Palais Royal – Bruxelles Atomium.
The Atomium has
already enjoyed pride of place for a Grand Départ before, in Brussels in 1958,
the same year as the World Fair.
Binche – Epernay.
Eddy Merckx won the
first of his five triumphs on Le Tour 50 years ago.
Reims – Nancy.
Reims Cathedral has witnessed the coronation of French
Kings… as well as many sprinters on the Tour de France.
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar.
Jacques Anquetil, the first rider to win Le Tour five times,
revolutionised the sport of cycling.
Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles.
On the flat, in towns or the mountains, the pack on the Tour
de France is always ready to meet the spectators.
Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône.
The Lion of Belfort, a sculpture by Auguste Bartholdi, to
whom we owe the Statue of Liberty in New-York. This is where Eddy Merckx first
put on the Yellow Jersey and kept it all the way to Paris in 1969.
Mâcon – Saint-Etienne.
Bernard Hinault, a five-time Tour de France winner, is also
the last Frenchman to win the race. A blood-stained Bernard Hinault finishes in
Saint-Etienne – Brioude
stadium in Saint-Étienne, nicknamed the cauldron, is also part of France’s
Saint-Flour – Albi.
The Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Albi is the largest
brick-made building in the world.
Albi – Toulouse.
Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel
Indurain are the members of the exclusive club of five-time winners on the Tour
Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
The Place du Capitole
in Toulouse, one of France’s largest squares.
Pau – Pau.
Eugène Christophe was the first rider to wear the Yellow
Jersey in 1919… He lost it the day before the race finished.
Tarbes – Tourmalet Barèges.
Since the first climb
of the Col du Tourmalet in 1910, the pack has climbed the Pyrenean Giant 82
Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis.
Miguel Indurain is the sole rider to have won the Tour de
France five times consecutively.
Nîmes – Nîmes.
The arenas in Nîmes
come alive when the Feria festival takes place, but they have also played host
to the Davis Cup as well as the riders on La Vuelta.
Pont du Gard – Gap.
The Pont du Gard aqueduct, a monumental structure dating
from Roman times, crosses the Gardon River.
Embrun – Valloire.
The Col du Galibier played host to the highest finish in the
history of the Tour de France in 2011, at an altitude of 2,645 metres.
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes.
The Col de l’Iseran, perched at an altitude of 2770 metres, will be the summit of the Tour de France in 2019.
Albertville – Val Thorens.
The day before the finish of the Tour de France, the last
mountain stage may see a dramatic outcome in the battle for the podium places.
Rambouillet – Paris Champs-Elysées.
The Arc de Triomphe dominates the Champs-Élysées, which has
hosted the grand finale of the Tour de France since 1975.