The polka dot jersey, or the ‘king of the mountains’ jersey, is perhaps the most attractive of all leaders’ jerseys in the Tour de France. Cycling legends like Van Impe, Rooks, Theunisse, Chiappucci and Virenque have all won the polka dot jersey in the past. This now iconic symbol was introduced in 1975 by the then Tour director, Félix Lévitan, to pay homage to French track cyclist Henri Lemoine, who always wore a red-dotted jersey in the ‘20s and ‘30s. And since then, the ‘king of the mountains’ jersey has become an integral part of the Tour de France.
Because the polka dot pattern will always be associated with the Tour de France, we thought it would be a good idea to create a special version of the Urban BikeDock to commemorate the world’s biggest cycling event: a Polka Dot LTD Edition. And we will be giving it away during this year’s Tour de France!
How can I participate?
Enter your details below and tell us who will be wearing the polka dot jersey on the first resst day of the Tour de France. We’ll publish a new contest on the first and second rest day.
All-rounder Tadej Pogacar (who actually won all three classifications) won last year’s mountains classification and could thus also win it this year. Together with his Slovenian compatriot Primoz Roglic, he is one of the main favourites again this year. Although both men will be mainly competing for the general classification, it remains to be seen whether another talented climber will want to become the ‘king of the mountains’ and be able to amass enough points while the main protagonists fight it out for the yellow jersey.
A dark horse among the favourites for this year’s polka dot jersey is Bauke Mollema. We look forward to seeing your entries. In your opinion, who will be wearing the polka dot jersey in Paris?