Goodbye lime: We need to talk about the Tour de France green jersey

There's change afoot at ASO's French races, with the combativity colour also undergoing a revamp

Matteo Trentin at the Critérium du Dauphiné
Matteo Trentin in the new green jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné
(Image credit: Getty Images)

France has a strong art history of colours. Anyone who has looked at the works of the Impressionists, or the Fauvists, or even the 20th century work of the Nice-born artist Yves Klein can attest to bright colours becoming more important than realism in French art.

The Tour de France, one of the country's greatest exports, also has a strong history of colour. The maillot jaune, the yellow jersey, is iconic, known to people even beyond cycling as *the* cycling kit. Similarly, the maillot à pois, the polka-dot jersey, has a reach well beyond 21 days every summer in France.

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