Gaël POLLES , journalist and founder of Pratiks, walks us through the story of the yellow jersey worn by the ranking leader of the Tour de France. While many versions exist, the most commonly accepted one suggests that it was Alphonse Baugé, a retired cyclist, who came up with the idea and pitched it to Henri Desgrange. He chose yellow simply because that was his color back when he raced. It could also have been Desgrange who chose the color, since his newspaper, the “Auto”, was printed in yellow-colored paper.
IN any case, it was during the 11th stage of the Tour, on july 19th 1919, that Eugène Christophe wore the yellow jersey for the first time.
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