THAT HAVE COME TO DEFINE THE TOUR DE FRANCE
In 1919, the Tour de France made its comeback after a four-year, war-induced hiatus. Prior to the 325km 11th stage from Grenoble to Geneva, race director Henri Desgrange decided the rider in first place needed to be more clearly distinguished from his competitors. And so, before the 2am stage departure, race leader Eugène Christophe of France put on the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Its purpose was to visibly identify the race leader from his rivals. However it would prove to be the decisive moment for what has become one of cycling’s most fabled icons... The maillot jaune.
Its colour was chosen because it was the colour of the paper that L’Auto-Vélo, the race’s newspaper sponsor and predecessor to the modern L’Équipe, was printed on.