THE COMBINE JERSEY
The long-lamented combination jersey was a quintessential piece of 1980s cycling iconography. It was a garish mishmash of the three main Tour jerseys (yellow, green, polka dot) plus squares of red (for the intermediate sprints) and white (for the young riders). The lucky wearer had the highest aggregate position in the three main competitions, but it was discontinued in 1990 after 22 years of on-and-off inclusion. The last official winner was Steven Rooks in 1989. We’ve looked at the last 10 Tours to see who would have won the classification, and in eight of these the answer would have been…whoever won the GC, with the exception of ’08 and ’12.
The combine jersey was the epitome of style