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Tour de France to have 20 individual yellow jersey designs in celebration of centenary

Joe Robinson
15 May 2019

Legends such as Merckx, the Galibier and Paris all to be remembered in special edition jerseys

Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation and yellow jersey manufacturers Le Coq Sportif will create 20 individual yellow jerseys for this year's race to celebrate the centenary of the leader's jersey.

From the start of Stage 2 in Brussels, each day will see the race leader wear a uniquely designed jersey to mark significant climbs, buildings and individuals from the race's past.

Each day starting from the end of Stage 1, the race leader will be presented with the special jersey for the next day of riding. The images are subtle as to not detract from the tradition of the yellow jersey but should be clear enough to be made out by television cameras.

The first of the jerseys will depict the famous Atomium structure in Brussels, with the race starting in the Belgian capital. During the three weeks, mountains such as the Col du Galibier, Col de l'Iseran and Col du Tourmalet will also feature.

There will also be a day dedicated to each of the five-time Tour winners starting with Eddy Merckx on Stage 3. Stage 5 will remember Jaques Anquetil before Bernard Hinault on Stage 8 and Miguel Indurain on Stage 15.

Eugene Christophe, the first ever wearer of yellow at the 1909 Tour, will also feature on Stage 13.

Race organiser Christian Prudhomme revealed the special jerseys, noting the yellow's iconic status in cycling. 

'The jerseys are unique this year because each jersey is different and features either the race routes or the champions that have contributed to the history of the Tour de France,' said Prudhomme.

'We will leave from Brussels where the first yellow jersey will feature the Atomium, the last will feature the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees, while others will feature a portrait of Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain for example.

'It will be something really special for the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey.'

The 20 yellow jerseys stage by stage:

Stage 2: The Atomium, Brussels
Stage 3: Eddy Merckx
Stage 4: Reims Cathedral
Stage 5: Jacques Anquetil
Stage 6: Peloton and spectators
Stage 7: The Lion of Belfort
Stage 8: Bernard Hinault
Stage 9: Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, Saint-Étienne
Stage 10: Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, Albi
Stage 11: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Bernard Hinault
Stage 12: Place du Capitole, Toulouse
Stage 13: Eugène Christophe
Stage 14: Col du Tourmalet
Stage 15: Miguel Indurain
Stage 16: Nîmes arenas
Stage 17: Pont du Gard aqueduct
Stage 18: Col du Galibier
Stage 19: Col de l’Iseran
Stage 20: Mountain landscape
Stage 21: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées

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