This Coq Sportif-rouge jersey – awarded to the winner of the defunct intermediate sprints classification of the Tour de France from 1984, edition of the race, and about as good as eBay Found for collectors of rare vintage jerseys.
A red jersey was awarded between 1984 and 1989 on the Tour de France for the rider who has amassed the most points in the intermediate, or “hot-spot” (hot spots in French), sprints, but not for points at the finishing stage, for whom the green jersey has been awarded since 1953.
Today, the points won in the intermediate sprints alone count for the green jersey; the red jersey was abolished after the 1989 Tour, having not been awarded for six years, but the classification actually ran back in 1966, the Italian Guido Neri crowned as the first winner.
Ireland’s Sean Kelly holds the record for winning the classification most of the time, with three wins, but until he won for the first time in 1982, then again in 1983 and in 1989, he didn’t There was only one winner who was not from Italy, Belgium or France, and that Great Britain was from Barry Hoban, in 1974.
Despite winning the competition three times, it would appear that Kelly only had to wear the red jersey temporarily in 1985 – the year in which he did not win classification, which went to Belgium’s Jozef Lieckens. In the 1989 Tour, when Kelly took over the Danish P-Sigma breakaway specialist from Søren Lilholt on stage 11 – and he held it all the way to Paris – he was already in the green jersey, which he won for the fourth and last time of the year.
As if to really win the red jersey squarely during its existence between 1984 and 1989, Kelly stands on the equality of victories with five other winners – Jacques Hanegraaf (1984), Lieckens (1985), Gerrit Solleveld (1986), Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (1987) and Frans Maassen (1988) – all with one victory each.
The red jersey is remembered by yet another race in the race “to the Tower, and it is close to missing as much from the jersey suit” – multi-colored, love or hate, it jersey, which has been awarded to the most consistent runner in the points of the best climber and the head of the combined classifications, and who was also bluntly thrown out of existence after the 1989 Tour as a result of new race director Jean-Marie Leblanc desire to shorten the so certainly very long jersey-awarding protocol.
French cycling-clothing brand Le Coq Sportif has been the manufacturer of the red jersey since its creation in 1984, as in the example here – until 1988. Castelli then took over as the manufacturer for the intermediate sprint Jersey is in its last year of existence in 1989.
Le Coq Sportif returned as the supplier of the Tour’s leading jerseys in 2012, and have been the supplier of the yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys ever since. It would certainly be a popular decision to see the return of red or combined jersey to the Tour someday, if only temporarily. In the meantime, there is still our eBay Find series.
The Swiss based jersey seller has a small hole in the back – which is not a big surprise considering his age – and they are looking for US $ 260 (£ 208), and ship it to most places around the world. Check the list for size measurements, although it can be better preserved mounted on a wall rather than wearing them.
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