Le Maillot Jaune tee


Gildan softstyle ringspun navy tee.
One colour screen print (in yellow) to front & left sleeve.
S Chest 34-36" Width 44cm Height 67cm
M Chest 38-40" Width 47cm Height 71cm
L Chest 40-44" Width 53cm Height 74cm
Care instructions: Machine wash warm, inside out, with like colours. Tumble dry medium. Iron inside out. Do not iron directly over printed area. Do not dry clean.
Composition: 100% combed ringspun cotton.

The iconic Tour de France yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, began on a whim. At the inception of the Tour in 1903, no clear indicator existed that showed who was winning. The leader received only a green armband - but journalists covering the race complained they couldn't see this marker within the fast moving peloton. In 1919, the Tour de France returned following a four year hiatus because of WW1. Two thirds of the way through the race, the Tour Director - Henri Desgrange - decided he needed a clearer identifier of the leader. He came up with the idea that whoever had the overall fastest time at a given stage of the race would don a yellow jersey - yellow in honour of the Tours' founder.... the sports newspaper L'Auto-Velo, which was printed on yellow paper. The first incumbent was Eugene Christophe on 18th July 1919. Christophe was not impressed saying it made him look like a canary! Over time the jersey has become a sporting icon, worn by the greats of the sport for over one hundred years. Worn 96 times by Merckx, 75 times by Hinault, 60 times by Indurain. British riders to have worn the yellow jersey include Chris Froome (59), Geraint Thomas (15), Sir Bradley Wiggins (14), Chris Boardman (6), Adam Yates (4), David Millar (3), the manx-missile Mark Cavendish (1), and the great Tom Simpson (1). Our tee design celebrates the history of le maillot jaune from the early woollen jersey to the new aero lycra versions of the modern era.