Classification jerseys are the most coveted trophies in the cycling world and are awarded at nearly all stage races. It is every professional cyclist's dream to be allowed to wear one of these jerseyes. The UCI made awarding a number one jersey at all international stage races compulsory.
Classification jerseys can be awarded in various categories. The probably most renowned classification jersey is the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France. It is worn by the cyclist who is in the leading position in the overall ranking. At the Giro d `Italia it is the Maglia Rosa and at the Vuelta a España the Maillot Rojo. Additionally, the cyclist with the highest scores can be awarded at a tour. At the Tour, as well as at the Vuelta, these jerseys are green. At the Giro, though, the cyclists are handed the Maglia Rossa. In the same way, the best mountain-stage cyclist can be awarded. The Tour de France jersey stands out with its red dotted design and is the secret overall favourite. The Italian and Spanish jerseys are the Maglia Azzurra and the Maillot Lunares. At some races the best newcomers are awarded a white classification jersey.