Drama, anguish, preposterous athletic ability and the occasional disaster, this year’s Tour de France is just around the corner, and it’s set to be a classic! Come the 2nd of July some 200 elite riders will line up on the enchanting isle of Mont-Saint-Michel for the ‘Grand Départ’, and with over 3,500km of racing scheduled, we thought we’d give you a good idea of this year’s likely movers and shakers for each coveted Jersey.
The General Classification. Awarded to the rider who completes all stages in the fastest combined time.
The yellow jersey will need no introduction to British cycling fans, after all we’ve pretty much dominated the highly prized jersey since Sir Bradley Wiggins’ memorable victory in 2012. This year however, all eyes will be on team Sky’s Chris Froome who looks set to claim the iconic prize two years on the bounce. He won’t have it easy though, a fierce rivalry between Movistar’s Nairo Quintana developed last year and will most likely resume come the 2nd of July. Similarly Frenchmen Romain Bardet and Thibault Pinot will be looking to mount a serious challenge on home soil. For sure, Froome has it all to do to keep the yellow jersey in British hands!
The Points Classification. Won by the overall points leader (Points are won on intermediate sprints and are also awarded for stage placement).
The points classification is as much about consistency as it is explosive power, and 26 year old Peter Sagan is a master of both. Last year Sagan, nicknamed ‘The Terminator’ registered an incomprehensible 432 points, finishing 1st or 2nd in twenty of the twenty one stages, absolutely ridiculous consistency! Unsurprisingly he’s overwhelming favourite again this year, although veteran Andre Greipel may test him and with great sprinters like Kittel and Degenkolb in the mix, anything can happen!
The King of the Mountains. Won by the best overall climber.
In comparison to the points classification, the race for ‘the spots’ is wide open. Many suspect the main contenders for the general classification will be right in the mix for this jersey too, as happened last year when Froome went on to triumph in both classifications. With double points available for stage winners at each of this year’s four summit finishes, don’t be surprised if the King of the mountains triumphs in the general classification too, step up Chris Froome!
The Best Young Rider. Awarded to the best placed rider under 25 years old.
Although the white jersey will not garner quite as much press attention as the other 3, I certainly won’t be discounting it. The list of previous white jersey winners reads like a who’s who of cycling heavyweights, so who knows, this year’s winner could well be cycling’s next major superstar.
The Sports and Fashion industry bounce insiration off of each other constantly, and I think it’s fair to say now more than ever but who’d have thought that cycling gear would develop a style in fashion away from the pedals. We have pulled together a few key pieces to get the Tour de France look, minus the Lycra!
Fred Perry first collaborated with Seven-time Olympic medallist, Britain’s first Tour de France winner, and Mod icon in his own right Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012. This years range continues it’s vintage reflection of cycling wear with a mixture of zipped polos, tracksuit tops and gym bags.
As a self confessed mod Bradley Wiggins tells us of his very first Fred Perry Polo Shirt: