The first Tour de France was held in 1903. Since then, racing techniques have undergone a gradual evolution over the years and the event has marked some special milestones. In 2003, the Tour de France marked 100 years of racing — other than interruptions from canceled races in 1915-1918 due to World War I and in 1940-1946 because of World War II — and the 100th race was held in 2013. Both competitions caused huge excitement. This year’s Tour de France is a special event for a whole other reason. Today, the maillot jaune is a symbol of the race, but it has not always been a part of the competition. It first appeared in 1919, during the 13th Tour de France. This year’s race will thus celebrate the 100th anniversary of the maillot jaune. The year 1919 also happened to come right after the end of World War I. It was said that "the Tour is reborn from the ashes" and that when the maillot jaune appeared on Stage 11, it was described as "yellow like the sun." After a long slog, the people saw hope within this beautiful jersey. Ever since, the maillot jaune has generated dramatic stories and given birth to numerous star athletes. This year, le coq sportif is again supporting the Tour de France by employing the most advanced techniques and materials to produce the four winner jerseys, including the maillot jaune.
The Maillot Jaune, which first appeared in the Tour de France pack on 19 July, 1919 on the shoulders of Eugène Christophe, who led the general classification until the day before the finish, has acquired the status of a special trophy in the world of sport. The riders who win the privilege to wear it one hundred years later will also enjoy the honor of putting on unique specimens customized with the route of each stage on which they wear it. As a result, it is most likely to be a sprinter who will proudly puff his chest out on the evening of 6 July in a Maillot Jaune featuring the Atomium, the symbol of the City of Brussels. The provisional GC will probably change later in the race before the pack heads towards the Alps, with a Maillot Jaune dedicated to the Pont du Gard aqueduct. Naturally, the most sought-after jersey will be awarded in Val Thorens on the evening of the penultimate stage, after which the almost certain winner of the 106th edition will make his entrance onto the Champs-Elysées wearing a jersey on which the Arc de Triomphe will aptly symbolize victory.
Among the rare jerseys made by le coq sportif, one sole specimen will be personalized every evening with the rider’s name and the title of the stage on which he will wear it. The replica version available from retailers will be based on three visuals: the Atomium, a mountain landscape and the Arc de Triomphe.
For the 2019 edition, the Maillot Jaune worn each day by the race leader are made in France at the le coq sportif factory in Romilly-sur-Seine. The brand’s know-how and its specialists will be present on each stage alongside the leader of the Tour de France.
Bruxelles Palais Royal-
The Atomium has already enjoyed pride of place for a Grand Départ before, in Brussels in 1958, the same year as the World Fair.
Eddy Merckx won the first of his five triumphs on Le Tour 50 years ago.
Reims Cathedral has witnessed the coronation of French Kings…as well as many sprinters on the Tour de France.
Jacques Anquetil, the first rider to win Le Tour five times, revolutionised the sport of cycling.
Mulhouse-La Planche des Belles Filles
On the flat, in towns or the mountains, the pack on the Tour de France is always ready to meet the spectators.
The Lion of Belfort, a sculpture by Auguste Bartholdi, to whom we owe the Statue of Liberty in New-York. This is where Eddy Merckx first put on the Yellow Jersey and kept it all the way to Paris in 1969.
Bernard Hinault, a five-time Tour de France winner, is also the last Frenchman to win the race. A blood-stained Bernard Hinault finishes in Saint-Étienne.
The Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Étienne, nicknamed the cauldron, is also part of France’s sporting heritage.
The Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Albi is the largest brick-made building in the world.
Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain are the members of the exclusive club of five-time winners on the Tour de France.
The Place du Capitole in Toulouse, one of France’s largest squares.
Eugène Christophe was the first rider to wear the Yellow Jersey in 1919… He lost it the day before the race finished.
Since the first climb of the Col du Tourmalet in 1910, the pack has climbed the Pyrenean Giant 82 times.
Limoux-Foix Prat d’Albis
Miguel Indurain is the sole rider to have won the Tour de France five times consecutively.
The arenas in Nîmes come alive when the Feria festival takes place, but they have also played host to the Davis Cup as well as the riders on La Vuelta.
Pont du Gard-Gap
The Pont du Gard aqueduct, a monumental structure dating from Roman times, crosses the Gardon River.
The Col du Galibier played host to the highest finish in the history of the Tour de France in 2011, at an altitude of 2,645 metres.
The Col de l’Iseran, perched at an altitude of 2,770 metres, will be the summit of the Tour de France in 2019.
The day before the finish of the Tour de France, the last mountain stage may see a dramatic outcome in the battle for the podium places.
The Arc de Triomphe dominates the Champs-Élysées, which has hosted the grand finale of the Tour de France since 1975.
2019 Maillot Jaune Replica
2019 TDF Replica