The precious yellow jersey that distinguishes the leader of the overall in each day of the Tour de France will be in the 2019 edition of the gala even more special. On the occasion of the centenary of the appearance of the mythical garment, the organization of the most prestigious cycling race in the world has designed up to twenty unique models for each stage.
In each yellow jersey will appear historical episodes of the race, mythical peaks, iconic monuments of each city of departure or arrival and some of the greatest cyclists in the history of the great lap by stages. Thus, the four riders who won the round five times – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain – will have a dedicated jersey, in addition to another set.
In stage 3, between the Belgian town of Binche and the French town of Épernay, yellow will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Merckx's first victory in the Tour; in the fifth, between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Colmar, he will remember the figure of Anquetil, pioneer in achieving five victories in the Gallic race; in stage 8, between Macon and Saint-Etienne, in the leader's jersey will appear Hinault, last French winner of the Tour, in an image in which he arrived bloody in the city in 1985 for a broken nose bone derived from a fall, and in stage 15, between Limoux and Foix Prat d'Albis, the protagonist will be the Spaniard Miguel Indurain, the only cyclist who has won five Tours consecutively. The four will also appear in the yellow jersey that the leader will carry in the eleventh stage, which will depart from Albi and arrive in Toulouse.
Beyond the most successful, the French Eugène Christophe, who in 1919 was the first cyclist to wear the yellow jersey, will also have a dedicated model. It will be in the individual time trial of stage 13 with start and finish in Pau when the garment that Christophe wore for the first time a century ago pays tribute to a runner who although he never won the French round, he played it up on nine occasions, managing to finish it in eight of them.
How could it be otherwise, in the leader's jersey will also appear some of the summits that fed the legend of the Tour. This is the case of the Tourmalet, which since 1910 has been promoted in up to 82 occasions; the Galibier, which hosted the final at a higher altitude in the history of the race in 2011 with 2,645 meters, and the Iseran, which in this edition will mark a new peak in the Tour, when it reaches 2,770 meters above sea level .
The Brussels Atomium, starting point of this edition, the cathedral of Reims, the Lion of Belfort, the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, the cathedral of Saint Cecilia in Albi, the Capitol building in Toulouse, the Sands of Nimes, the Pont du Gard and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris also have their corresponding yellow jersey, which will also remember the figures of the peloton and the amateur and the great battles for the desired podium in the Champs Elysees.