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Sporting stakes / rules

What is at stake?

The rules are the Bible of a sporting competition. Their balance and rigour are intended to ensure equal opportunities, motivate riders and help spectators and viewers alike to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points.

Download the rules (pdf, 17 pages, 0.3 Mo)


A wide range of objectives coexist in the 198-strong peloton, depending on each rider's disposition, strong points and assigned tasks. The most team-oriented of individual sports gives the majority of them a role in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other honours up for grabs during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

  • Stage victories

    The 21 stages of the 2017 Tour can be broken down as follows: 9 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 5 mountain stages and 2 individual time trials.
    Stage victories are sponsored by PowerBar.

  • Yellow Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the leader of the general time classification.
    The yellow jersey is sponsored by LCL.

  • Green Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the leader of the general points classification. Points are awarded at the intermediate sprint in each mass-start stage and the finish of each stage.
    The green jersey is sponsored by Škoda.

  • Red Polka-Dot Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the best climber in the general classification. Mountain points are awarded at the top of every categorised climb. The points for a summit finish are doubled.
    The red polka-dot jersey is sponsored by Carrefour.

  • White Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the best young rider (age 25 or under in the current year) in the general classification.
    The white jersey is sponsored by Krys.

  • Combativity award

    This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour. The winner wears red-coloured race numbers in the next stage.
    The combativity award is sponsored by Antargaz.

  • Team classification

    This classification is calculated by adding the times of each team's three best riders on each stage. Riders in the team leading the classification wear yellow helmets and race numbers.
    The team classification is sponsored by RAGT Semences.

  • Seconds up for grabs

    Time bonuses are awarded at the end of every mass-start stage (i.e. no time bonuses on offer in individual and team time trials). The first three riders get 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.

  • Mandatory helmet use

    All cyclists are required to wear helmets throughout the duration of each stage.

  • Falls in the last three kilometres

    As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group they were riding in. Time trial stages and summit finishes are not covered by this rule.

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jersey wearers 2017

classifications after the stage 21


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