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Here are the Visegrád 4 Juniors jerseys

National and regional teams will take part in the Visegrad 4 Juniors Nations’ Cup race, which starts on 26 August. By the way, theses teams wear a national uniform. The peculiarity of cycling, that differently, distinctive jerseys are awarded in a multi-day stage races.

Published: August 16, 2020

The organizers will award participants in several special competitions. These jerseys are in the Visegrad 4 Juniors race: yellow jersey, green jersey and the jerseys (4) of the Visegrad Group countries.

  • Individual overall race: yellow jersey
    The yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, stands above all else, as it designates the rider who leads the General Classification. After each stage, officials calculate who has the fastest time across the entire race. The jersey then goes to the overall leader, who gets to wear it in the following stage.
  • Individual points race: green jersey
    The green jersey goes to the leader of the Points Classification. Riders can earn these points at intermediate sprints that come mid-stage, though most are won at the stage finish. The amount of points given depends on the day’s stage profile.
  • Jerseys of the Visegrad Group countries
    The jersey, which is blue on a white background and bears the flag of the Visegrad countries, can be worn by the Czech, Polish, Hungarian and Slovak cyclists who are the best of the own nation in the General Classification.
Jerseys of the Visegrad Group countries

Jerseys of the Visegrad Group countries
(Photo by Zoltán Vanik)

After the second Tour de France, the rules were changed, and the General Classification was no longer calculated by time, but by points. This points system was kept until 1912, after which it changed back into the time classification. At that time, the leader still did not wear a yellow jersey.

There is doubt over when the yellow jersey began. The Belgian rider Philippe Thys, who won the Tour in 1913, 1914 and 1920, recalled in the Belgian magazine Champions et Vedettes when he was 67 that he was awarded a yellow jersey in 1913 when the organiser, Henri Desgrange, asked him to wear a coloured jersey. Thys declined, saying making himself more visible in yellow would encourage other riders to ride against him.

According to the official history, the first yellow jersey was worn by the Frenchman Eugène Christophe in the stage from Grenoble to Geneva on July 19, 1919. The colour was chosen either to reflect the yellow newsprint of the organising newspaper, L’Auto.

The international juniors’ race will come for the first time to Hungary which will be able to organise a world-level competition for the first time after 100 years in the history of cycling sport.





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