What do all the Giro d'Italia jerseys mean? Pink, purple, blue and white explained

There are no polka dot or green jerseys in this race

The jerseys of the Giro d'Italia
(L-R) Jonathan Milan, Primož Roglič, Thibaut Pinot and João Almeida
(Image credit: Getty Images)

If you're preparing to watch the Giro d'Italia as intently as we are, then you might be wondering what all the distinctive jerseys mean. Away from the 22 different teams, and the national championsm there are four more jerseys you need to keep your eyes on.

They are the pink (rosa), white (bianco), purple/cyclamen (ciclamino) and blue (azzurra). That is the leader's jersey, the young rider's jersey, the points jersey, and the king of the mountains jersey, respectively. There's no Tour de France green or polka dots here.

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Jersey colourClassification
Pink/RosaGeneral classification, overall leader
White/BiancaBest young rider
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Last 10 winners of the Giro d'Italia general classification
2023Primož Roglič
2022Jai Hindley
2021Egan Bernal
2020Tao Geoghegan Hart
2019Richard Carapaz
2018Chris Froome
2017Tom Dumoulin
2016Vincenzo Nibali
2015Alberto Contador
2014Nairo Quintana
2013Vincenzo Nibali
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Last 10 winners of the Giro d'Italia points classification
2023Jonathan Milan
2022Arnaud Démare
2021Peter Sagan
2020Arnaud Démare
2019Pascal Ackermann
2018Elia Viviani
2017Fernando Gaviria
2016Giacomo Nizzolo
2015Giacomo Nizzolo
2014Nacer Bouhanni
2013Mark Cavendish
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Last 10 winners of the Giro d'Italia mountains classification
2023Thibaut Pinot
2022Koen Bouwman
2021Geoffrey Bouchard
2020Ruben Gurreiro
2019Giulio Ciccone
2018Chris Froome
2017Mikel Landa
2016Mikel Nieve
2015Giovanni Visconti
2014Julián David Arredondo
2013Stefano Pirazzi
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Last 10 winners of the Giro d'Italia best young rider classification
2023João Almeida
2022Juan Pedro López
2021Egan Bernal
2020Tao Geoghegan Hart
2019Miguel Ángel López
2018Miguel Ángel López
2017Bob Jungels
2016Bob Jungels
2015Fabio Aru
2014Nairo Quintana
2013Carlos Bentacur

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.