This weekend, the first ever Tour de Yorkshire starts over in Bridlington on the 1st of May. In total, 136 riders will compete in 3 race stages, including gruelling climbs and epic sprints over 515 km through the rolling hills of Yorkshire!
If you’re already familiar with the Tour de France jersey colours and meanings, you’ll be interested in the Yorkshire equivalents. Here’s what you need to look out for amongst the team jersey colours in the pelotons this weekend. Photos courtesy of letour.yorkshire.com
The Leaders Jersey
Not the golden yellow of the Tour de France, but the baby blue of Yorkshire’s county flag. However, as 2015 is the inaugural race, you won’t actually see this leader’s jersey being worn in-race until next year! This coveted blue and gold jersey will be awarded, for the first time ever, to the winner of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire at the finish line in Scarborough on the 3rd May.
The Digital Jersey
In the Tour de France, a different coloured number jersey is presented to rider deemed to be the most aggressive in each stage. This year, in a world first in competitive cycling, a ‘digital’ jersey wearer will be voted for via Twitter by fans. If you’re rooting for someone, make sure to vote for them at @letouryorkshire.
The Sprinters Jersey
A different hue of green to its French cousin, the “maillot vert”, the Tour de Yorkshire Sprinter’s Jersey will be presented to the leader of each stage and the final winner by points. Pay attention during the last leg of the first stage, the second stage through Beverley and the final dash to the finish at Roundhay Park in Leeds – this is where the Sprinter will earn their jersey!
The King of the Mountains Jersey
The block-coloured King of the Mountains Jersey lacks the polka dot (maillot à pois rouges) pattern of the Tour de France equivalent, however, the difficult climbs may see rider’s seeing spots. With challenging ascents through the Yorkshire Dales, the King of the Mountains points will be awarded to the rider who get to the top of classified climbs first. Keep your eyes peeled at Rosedale Abbey, Fimber, Hebden Bridge and the Cow & Calf as these are the highest climbs on the Tour de Yorkshire route.