The 2016 green jersey, worn by Peter Sagan
Maurice Garin, winner of the first Tour de France standing on the right. The man on the left is possibly Leon Georget (1903)
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
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 points classification (classement par points) is a secondary competition in the Tour de France, which started in 1953.

- Points 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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Cavendish at the 2012 Tour de France

Mark Cavendish

Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

Cavendish at the 2012 Tour de France
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Matthew Goss of Australia, Cavendish and Germany's André Greipel on the podium after the road race at the 2011 road world championships.
Cavendish won the final stage of the 2012 Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées, for a record fourth successive year.
Cavendish won the red jersey at the 2013 Giro d'Italia, becoming one of only five riders to win the points classification in all three Grand Tours.
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Cavendish at the 2015 Vattenfall Cyclassics.
Cavendish in 2018
Cavendish during a press conference at the 2010 Tour of California, with his autobiography Boy Racer.

Cavendish has won 34 Tour de France stages, tieing him for first on the all-time list with the legendary Eddy Merckx, contributing to a third-highest total of fifty-three Grand Tour stage victories.

He ended up second in the points classification, eleven points behind Petacchi.

The 2013 polka dot jersey, worn by Pierre Rolland

Mountains classification in the Tour de France

The 2013 polka dot jersey, worn by Pierre Rolland
Ide Schelling in the 2021 polka dot jersey

The mountains classification is a secondary competition in the Tour de France, that started in 1933.

In 1969, Eddy Merckx won not only the general classification and the mountains classification, but also the points classification.

The yellow jersey worn by Fabian Cancellara during 2015 Tour de France (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)

General classification in the Tour de France

The yellow jersey worn by Fabian Cancellara during 2015 Tour de France (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)
Plaque in the city of Grenoble, celebrating the centenary of the presentation of the first yellow jersey on 19 July 1919
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

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

The lead riders for a particular team will often wear the first number in the series (11, 21, 31 and so forth), but these riders are not necessarily contenders for the general classification — teams led by sprinters will often designate the points classification contender as their lead rider.

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.

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1969 Tour de France

Julien Stevens after his win in Maastricht, Netherlands, on stage two

The 1969 Tour de France was the 56th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.

The 1969 race is the only time that a single cyclist has won the general classification, the points classification and the mountains classification as well.

A bunch sprint finish at the 2011 Tour de France, in which sprinter Mark Cavendish (in the green jersey) is being led out by the last of his team's sprint train, Mark Renshaw.

Sprinter (cycling)

Road bicycle racer or track racer who can finish a race very explosively by accelerating quickly to a high speed, often using the slipstream of another cyclist or group of cyclists tactically to conserve energy.

Road bicycle racer or track racer who can finish a race very explosively by accelerating quickly to a high speed, often using the slipstream of another cyclist or group of cyclists tactically to conserve energy.

A bunch sprint finish at the 2011 Tour de France, in which sprinter Mark Cavendish (in the green jersey) is being led out by the last of his team's sprint train, Mark Renshaw.

For example, in the points classification in the Tour de France, the maillot vert (green jersey) is won by the race's most consistent sprinter.

At the Tour de France, the most successful recipient of this honor is Slovak sprinter Peter Sagan, who has won seven Tour de France green jerseys (2012–2016, 2018–2019).

1905 Tour de France

René Pottier, the first cyclist to climb a mountain in the Tour de France.
Louis Trousselier, the winner of the 1905 Tour de France

The 1905 Tour de France was the third edition of the Tour de France, held from 9 to 30 July, organised by the newspaper L'Auto.

In 1953, for the 50-years anniversary of the Tour de France, the points system was reintroduced as the points classification, and the winner was given a green jersey.

1953 Tour de France

Fritz Schär taking his second win of the race on stage two in Liège, Belgium
Louison Bobet (pictured in 1951), winner of the general classification

The 1953 Tour de France was the 40th edition of the Tour de France, taking place from 3 to 26 July.

The 1953 Tour de France saw the introduction of the points classification, which gives the green jersey to its leader.

Peter Sagan in 2016

Peter Sagan

Slovak professional road bicycle racer who currently rides for UCI ProTeam.

Slovak professional road bicycle racer who currently rides for UCI ProTeam.

Peter Sagan in 2016
Sagan at the 2010 Tour of California, where he finished eighth overall as well as winning the sprints and young rider classifications.
Sagan at the 2012 Tour of Flanders, where he finished in fifth place.
Sagan at the 2012 Tour de France. Sagan won the points classification, winning three stages during the race.
Sagan, wearing the green jersey as leader of the points classification, at the 2013 Tour de France
Sagan performs a victory salute on the third stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Sagan in the 2014 Tour de France, wearing the green jersey
Sagan at the 2015 Scheldeprijs
Sagan during the 2015 Tour de France
Sagan at the 2016 Paris–Roubaix
Sagan claimed his second monument at the 2018 Paris–Roubaix, defeating Silvan Dillier in a two-up sprint at Roubaix Velodrome.
Sagan, wearing the green jersey of points classification leader, at the 2018 Tour de France.

He has won a number of classics, including the Monument races Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, three Gent–Wevelgem races and E3 Harelbeke, together with eighteen stages in Grand Tours: twelve at the Tour de France, four at the Vuelta a España, and two at the Giro d'Italia.

After having become the first rider to win the points classification of the Tour de France on his first five attempts, he went on to win it a record seven times, in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Kelly in 2009

Sean Kelly (cyclist)

Irish former professional road bicycle racer, one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, and one of the finest classics riders of all time.

Irish former professional road bicycle racer, one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, and one of the finest classics riders of all time.

Kelly in 2009
Kelly (right) with Etienne De Wilde in 1988
Kelly (left) with the team at the 1993 Paris–Nice

He won one Grand Tour, the 1988 Vuelta a España, won four green jerseys in the Tour de France and had multiple wins in the Giro di Lombardia, Milan–San Remo, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, as well as three runners-up placings in the only 'Monument' he failed to win, the Tour of Flanders.