The Four Jersey Winners Of The 2018 Tour de France
Tour de France riders aren’t all competing for the overall win. The race has four different classifications – General, Points, Climbing, and Youth – with each favouring a different skill set or specific type of rider. The best racers in each category earn the right to wear its vaunted, colour-coded jersey for as long as they hold the lead, and the final winners get to don their jerseys when the race wraps up in Paris. Here’s who won the yellow, green, polka dot, and white jerseys at the 2018 Tour de France:
1. Yellow: Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas took the overall leader’s yellow jersey on Stage 11 and never let it go. Many had thought the 32-year-old Welshman would ride for his Sky teammate, four-time Tour winner Chris Froome. (Thomas himself even said as much after his early stage wins.) But with impeccable performances in the mountains and an impressive finish in the Stage 20 individual time trial, Thomas finished nearly two minutes ahead of his competitors and won his first Tour de France, the biggest victory of his career so far.
2. Green: Peter Sagan
Despite a nasty crash on Stage 17 that would have knocked a lesser rider out of the race, Peter Sagan held on and finished the Tour to win a record-tying sixth green jersey in the Points Classification. A famed sprinter who won Paris-Roubaix back in April, the 28-year-old Slovak dominated the competition, earning more than 270 points over runner-up Alexander Kristoff. He has now matched Erik Zabel for the most-ever green jersey wins.
3. Polka Dot: Julian Alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe took the climber’s polka dot jersey after the Tour’s first day in the Alps, and he’s kept it ever since. The 26-year-old Quick-Step rider, who has two stage victories under his belt (one in the Alps, another in the Pyrenees) handily won the Tour’s King of the Mountains competition, one year after fellow Frenchman Warren Barguil did the same.
4. White: Pierre Latour
The white jersey celebrates up-and-coming talent, going to the rider under age 25 who has the best overall time. Frenchman Pierre Latour held it from Stage 10 on to the end, and it’s a well-deserved victory. In many ways, Latour overshadowed Romain Bardet, his AG2R team’s star rider, getting the green light to attack often and leaving Bardet behind. It stands to reason that AG2R thinks Latour is the next big thing in French cycling.
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