Did You Know: the colours

The brightest colour of them all in Le Tour is the Yellow Jersey, but the minor categories also bring with them a splash from the palette: the Green (sprint/points, accumulated in each day’s finish), Polka Dot (climbs, accumulated on the mountain tops, with greater points for harder climbs) and White (young rider, the highest under-26 on GC) Jerseys are fiercely contested, and then there is the Red Number, which is awarded to the most aggressive rider each day.

There also the team kits, which have been tasteful in recent years after some distinctly dodgy lumo outfits in the past. The Education First-Cannondale squad has broken the mold, again, for 2018 with a retina-wrecking pink-and-green number that is outstanding, yet not.