THE COM­BINE JERSEY

Procycling - - Debrief -

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

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