Maillot jauneMaillot jaune
(French for yellow jersey
) is the t-shirt
worn by the current overall time leader (lowest cumulative time for the race so far, plus any time bonuses, less any time penalties) of many bicycles races, notable the Tour de France
. The cyclist wearing the Maillot Jaune at the finish is the overall winner. The time bonuses
are awarded for finishing in the top of the stages and in certain designated sprints
within stages. The decision to designate the time leader thusly, was made by Henri Desgrange partway through the 1919
Tour de France. Yellow was the color of the paper on which L'Auto
, the chief sponsor of the event, was printed.
Since 1931, the overall leader in the Giro d'Italia is awarded the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey), also reflecting the paper color of the sports newspaper sponsoring the race.