One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in a cycling race involving stages) a green knit shirt worn each day by the rider accumulating the highest number of points, and presented at the end of the race to the rider with the highest overall points total.
- ‘That was followed by double stage success on the Giro d' Italia, the green jersey on the Tour de France, which was capped by victory on the final stage in Paris, plus a host of other one-day victories.’
- ‘McEwen, winner of the points competition last year, started the stage with the green jersey, which he had taken off Cooke on Friday.’
- ‘And, for a rider not accustomed to defeat (he had won the green jersey the six previous years), he will be more determined than ever to take something from the season.’
- ‘I'm not going out there going for the green jersey straight away but, should it be realistic after eight days, then I'll go for it.’
- ‘He made his Tour debut in 1997, and has worn both the yellow and green jerseys in the race.’
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