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La vie en jaune

Every year, around 200 riders take to France’s streets and mountains and only a few of them battle to win the yellow jersey.   Although the first Tour de France was organised in 1903, le Maillot Jaune hasn’t always been part of the race. Maurice Garin, the first winner of ‘Le Tour’ wore a green armband. But as the race became more and more popular, journalists and riders complained they couldn’t pick out the leader. Spectators stated that the race wasn’t very interesting to follow. So in 1919 race founder Henri Desgrange developed a plan to identify the top rider more easily. At that time, Desgrange was editor of ‘L’Auto’, the newspaper that funded the race. He decided to design a...

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