The yellow jersey worn by Fabian Cancellara during 2015 Tour de France (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)
Maurice Garin, winner of the first Tour de France standing on the right. The man on the left is possibly Leon Georget (1903)
Plaque in the city of Grenoble, celebrating the centenary of the presentation of the first yellow jersey on 19 July 1919
Fabian Cancellara pictured at the 2010 Tour de France. He is the rider who has worn the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification for the most days without having ever been the overall winner
Winner of the 1965 Tour's general classification Felice Gimondi wearing the yellow jersey with the initials of Henri Desgrange, the first organiser of the Tour de France
Richard Virenque pictured at the 2003 Tour de France wearing the polka dot jersey. He won the mountains classification a record seven times.
Alessandro Petacchi in the green jersey
Andy Schleck in the white jersey
Prize money in 2013 Euros in the Tour de France.
A collected peloton in the 2006 Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins riding the stage 9 individual time trial of the 2012 Tour de France
Altitude profile of the Alpe d'Huez climb
Vehicles from the 2014 Tour de France Publicity Caravan
Start of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht
Part of the crowd during most days of the Tour is Didi Senft who, in a red devil costume, has been the Tour devil since 1993.
School book by Augustine Fouillée under the 'nom de plume' G. Bruno.
Spectators' banner during the 2006 Tour de France

The general classification is the most important classification, the one by which the winner of the Tour de France is determined.

- General classification in the Tour de France

While the general classification garners the most attention, there are other contests held within the Tour: the points classification for the sprinters, the mountains classification for the climbers, young rider classification for riders under the age of 26, and the team classification, based on the first three finishers from each team on each stage.

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Contador at the 2017 Tour de France

Alberto Contador

Spanish former professional cyclist.

Spanish former professional cyclist.

Contador at the 2017 Tour de France
Contador with the team in 2006
Contador wearing the yellow jersey during the 19th stage of the 2007 Tour de France.
Contador wearing the pink jersey during the 21st stage of the 2008 Giro d'Italia.
Contador wearing the golden jersey during the 20th stage of the 2008 Vuelta a España.
Contador wearing the yellow jersey leading Andy Schleck at the 2009 Tour de France.
Contador wearing the yellow jersey following Andy Schleck on the Col du Tourmalet during the 2010 Tour de France. He was later stripped of this title.
Contador, wearing the maglia rosa as the winner of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, in Milan. He was later stripped of this title.
Contador with Chris Froome at the 2013 Tour de France
Contador at the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné
Contador after his 2014 Tour de France crash, going to a medical facility with crutches
Alberto Contador at the 2015 Vuelta a Andalucía
Contador wearing the maglia rosa at the 2015 Giro d'Italia
Contador during the 2017 Paris–Nice

In the Tour de France, he won a stage at the mountaintop finish of Plateau de Beille, and was second in the general classification to Michael Rasmussen.

Contador won his second Tour de France on 26 July with a winning margin of 4' 11" over Andy Schleck, and finished 5' 24" ahead of Armstrong, who finished third in his return to the Tour after a four-year absence.

Chris Froome

British road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

British road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

Froome at the 2007 Tour of Britain, during his first season as a professional
Froome on the 2008 Tour de France's final Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, riding in his first season for
Froome and Juan José Cobo, on stage 19 of the 2011 Vuelta a España. Cobo was subsequently disqualified for doping, and Froome declared the winner.
Froome riding in support of Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France, where he finished second to Wiggins in the general classification
Froome during the time trial at the 2012 Olympics, finishing the race with the bronze medal
Froome in the leader's jersey on stage five's individual time trial at the 2013 Tour de Romandie
Froome beat Nairo Quintana to win stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France.
Froome wearing the leader's jersey on stage six of the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné
Froome wearing the yellow jersey during stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour de France
Froome on Stage 18 of the 2016 Tour de France
Froome at the 2017 Tour de France
Froome on the podium in Madrid after winning the 2017 Vuelta a Espana
Froome (right) on the Colle delle Finestre on Stage 19 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia shortly before his decisive solo attack.

He has won seven Grand Tours: four editions of the Tour de France (in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), one Giro d'Italia (2018) and the Vuelta a España twice (2011 and 2017).

He subsequently received the order from his team manager to hold back and wait for yellow jersey Wiggins.

Armstrong before the 2009 Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong

American former professional road racing cyclist.

American former professional road racing cyclist.

Armstrong before the 2009 Tour Down Under
Armstrong (center left) during the amateur race at the 1990 UCI Road World Championships
Armstrong finishing third in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi Libre.
Armstrong riding the prologue of the 2004 Tour de France
Armstrong wearing the yellow jersey at the 2005 Tour de France
Armstrong riding for Astana on Stage 17 of the 2009 Tour de France
Armstong riding in the 2010 Tour de France in his RadioShack jersey
Armstrong (center) on the set of College GameDay during the 2006 UT football season
President George W. Bush and Armstrong mountain biking at the president's Prairie Chapel Ranch.
Armstrong and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Regarded as a sports icon for winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, Armstrong's reputation was tarnished by a doping scandal that led to him being stripped of his Tour de France titles.

In the same building, Armstrong owns and operates a bike shop named "Mellow Johnny's", after another nickname of his derived from the Tour term "maillot jaune", which is French for yellow jersey, the jersey given to the leader of the general classification.

Pierre Rolland riding to victory on Alpe d'Huez on Stage 19 of the 2011 Tour de France

Alpe d'Huez

Ski resort in southeastern France at 1250 to 3330 m. It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez, which is part of the department of Isère in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Ski resort in southeastern France at 1250 to 3330 m. It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez, which is part of the department of Isère in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Pierre Rolland riding to victory on Alpe d'Huez on Stage 19 of the 2011 Tour de France
Skiing the Couloir des cheminées de Mâcle above Alpe d'Huez resort
Alpe d'Huez resort
Profile of Alpe d'Huez
Panorama of the famous 21 bends towards Alpe d'Huez with outline
Sign at Bend 16 on the climb to Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez in summer

Alpe d'Huez is known internationally as an iconic cycling venue, as it is used regularly in the Tour de France cycle race, including twice on the same day in 2013.

He won the stage, the lead in the general classification, and kept it till the end of the race.

Hinault at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné

Bernard Hinault

French former professional road cyclist.

French former professional road cyclist.

Hinault at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
Hinault at the 1978 Tour de France
Joop Zoetemelk (pictured in 1979) was Hinault's strongest competitor during his first Tour de France victories.
Hinault at the 1982 Tour de France
Hinault climbing the Col d'Izoard during the 1986 Tour de France. It was here that he lost significant time on rival Greg LeMond, losing the yellow jersey by the end of the stage.
Hinault in his role as presenter at the Tour de France, in 2004

With 147 professional victories, including five in the Tour de France, he is often named among the greatest cyclists of all time.

The following day, stage 16 to Alpe d'Huez, ended with Zoetemelk, Hinault and the temporary leader of the general classification and thus yellow jersey wearer Michel Pollentier separated by only 18 seconds.

LeMond in 2009

Greg LeMond

American former professional road racing cyclist, entrepreneur, and anti-doping advocate.

American former professional road racing cyclist, entrepreneur, and anti-doping advocate.

LeMond in 2009
LeMond's combination classification jersey of the 1985 Tour de France
LeMond (left) in the 1986 Coors Classic
LeMond in 1989 at the Tour de Trump
LeMond starts the final time trial of the 1989 Tour de France
LeMond leading the 1990 Tour de France
Former Tour champions Greg LeMond (fourth from left) and Laurent Fignon (center) climb with the "autobus" to Sestriere on Stage 13 of the 1991 Giro d'Italia
LeMond riding on a carbon fiber bicycle in the 1991 Tour de France
LeMond (left) at the 2010 Interbike trade show
LeMond addresses the Play the Game 2009 conference
Greg LeMond at Carrefour de l'Arbre, near Roubaix, April 2015

A two-time winner of the Road Race World Championship (1983 and 1989) and a three-time winner of the Tour de France (1986, 1989, and 1990), LeMond is considered by many to be the greatest American cyclist of all time, one of the great all-round cyclists of the modern era, and an icon of the sport's globalisation.

On Stage 17 LeMond and Urs Zimmermann dropped Hinault from the leading group, and the end of the day saw LeMond pulling on the yellow jersey of race leader, the first time it had ever been worn by a rider from the United States.

Evans at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné

Cadel Evans

Australian former professional racing cyclist, who competed professionally in both mountain biking and road bicycle racing.

Australian former professional racing cyclist, who competed professionally in both mountain biking and road bicycle racing.

Evans at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
Evans at the 2005 Deutschland Tour
Evans at the 2008 Bay Classic Series
Evans at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation
Evans wearing the yellow jersey during a Criterium in Surhuisterveen after the 2011 Tour de France
Evans on Stage 9 of the 2012 Tour de France
Evans during the 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

A four-time Olympian, Evans is one of three non-Europeans – along with Greg LeMond and Egan Bernal – to have officially won the Tour de France, winning the race in 2011.

Evans held the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification from stages 10 to 14.

Thomas at the 2018 Deutschland Tour

Geraint Thomas

Welsh professional racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam, Wales and Great Britain.

Welsh professional racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam, Wales and Great Britain.

Thomas at the 2018 Deutschland Tour
Thomas during the first stage of the 2007 Tour de France
Thomas at the 2009 Tour of Britain
Thomas at the 2010 Tour de France, wearing the white jersey of the young rider classification leader
Thomas wearing the National Road Race Champion's jersey in 2011
Thomas at the 2012 Tour de Romandie, wearing the leader's jersey after winning the prologue.
Thomas at the 2013 Tour de France.
Thomas competing in the road time trial at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he took the bronze medal
Thomas in the prologue of the 2015 Paris–Nice
Thomas on the final stage of the 2015 Tour de France, wearing a one off kit to celebrate Chris Froome's overall victory
Thomas at the 2016 Paris–Nice, a race that he won.
At the 2017 Tour de France, Thomas took the race leader's yellow jersey after he won the opening stage.
Thomas wearing the yellow jersey on stage 12 of the 2018 Tour de France
Thomas at the 2018 Tour of Britain
Thomas leading teammate and eventual 2019 Tour winner Egan Bernal on the penultimate stage

He won the first stage of the 2017 Tour de France, an individual time trial, to become the first Welshman to wear the Tour's yellow jersey.

Thomas made his Tour de France debut at the 2007 race as the youngest rider in the race as picked up one of the three wildcard spots allocated for the race.

2013 Tour de France

The team presentation ceremony took place on 27 June at the harbour of Porto-Vecchio on the island of Corsica.
's Chris Froome was widely seen as the leading contender for the general classification.
In celebration of the Tour's 100th edition the final stage, finishing on Champs-Élysées, took place in the evening for the first time.
Peter Sagan (pictured in the final stage) held the green jersey as the leader of the points classification after the third stage until the end of the Tour.
Chris Froome leading Nairo Quintana to stage fifteen's finish atop Mont Ventoux, before Froome attacked to take his second of three stage wins.
Nairo Quintana (pictured at the 2013 Paris–Nice) won the penultimate stage (stage twenty) at Mont Semnoz, securing the mountains classification.

The 2013 Tour de France was the 100th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.

The Tour consisted of twenty-one stages and covered a total distance of 3403.5 km. The overall general classification was won by Chris Froome of.

Vuelta a España

Annual multi-stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries.

Annual multi-stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries.

The daily Informaciones with information about the Vuelta a España first edition
The 21st and final stage of the 2013 Vuelta a España on Paseo del Prado in Madrid.

Inspired by the success of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, the race was first organised in 1935.

The overall leader at present wears a red jersey, although previously it has been the "Maillot amarillo" (Yellow jersey) and the "Jersey de Oro" (Golden jersey)— the Spanish counterpart to the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.