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Old 08-02-09, 06:41 PM   #1
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Where do the jerseys come from?

I'm a new fan of pro cycling and I keep wondering about the logistics of putting on a big race.
For example, in the TDF, does the rider in yellow get a new jersey every day? Are the sponsor logos sewn on or are they printed that way? Some guys are big and some are small, is there a big box of yellow (and green, white, and dotted) in different sizes ready for them?

Some riders have complete kits to match the jersey they earned, does the team plan for this by ordering shorts, helmets, and glasses for riders they think might be in yellow, green, etc.?

Was there a time when there was only one yellow that was laundered and passed from one guy to the next throughout the race? If so, when did this stop?

Also, what happens at a smaller race? There is money to spare for clothes at a TDF, but maybe not so much in other stage races. What do they do about stuff like this?

Silly trivia, I know, but I just keep wondering as I'm watching.

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During this year's coverage, versus explained this, the podium jerseys are made with places to transfer team logos and sponsers etc.

The teams and sponsers do make up special gear for those who will likely be in contension of the different jersey's.

That's al that I know, except for the colors correlating with the sponsers of the the jerseys.

I'd imagine that others will have more knowledgable info than I.
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They had a feature on this a year or two ago. There's someone who has a supply all the logos, and jerseys in all the conceivable sizes whose job is to make them up. The podium jerseys get made on the spot. For the TDF, they actually make three for each jersey for each stage. One that opens in the back for use on the podium, one for the rider to wear in competition, and the rider as a keepsake.

If a rider wants coordinated shorts, I don't know what the deal is with them - whether it's up to the team to supply them, or whether it's an option to get those made up as well.
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There was a time not so long ago where the jersey used on the podium was not one that opened in the back but rather a regular old pull over. It's was quite awkward at times seeing riders trying to pull on the jersey over their hat and sunglasses.
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I'm a new fan of pro cycling and I keep wondering about the logistics of putting on a big race.
For example, in the TDF, does the rider in yellow get a new jersey every day? Are the sponsor logos sewn on or are they printed that way? Some guys are big and some are small, is there a big box of yellow (and green, white, and dotted) in different sizes ready for them?

Some riders have complete kits to match the jersey they earned, does the team plan for this by ordering shorts, helmets, and glasses for riders they think might be in yellow, green, etc.?

Was there a time when there was only one yellow that was laundered and passed from one guy to the next throughout the race? If so, when did this stop?

Also, what happens at a smaller race? There is money to spare for clothes at a TDF, but maybe not so much in other stage races. What do they do about stuff like this?

Silly trivia, I know, but I just keep wondering as I'm watching.

Thanks!
There's a Nike employee in a van that travels with the tour and makes the jerseys at the end of every stage like Zorro said. The jerseys are made with space to imprint the logos and guy has the stickers and machine in his van to produce them rapidly. The rest of the stuff (bibs, glasses, helmets, frames, whatever else) are carried by the huge logistics convoy that follows the tour anywhere it goes
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Nike huh? I wouldn't have thought. Thanks for the info, folks! The one the guy takes home is not the one he rides in or the one he wears on the podium? Why not? Do they get reused?
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There was a time not so long ago where the jersey used on the podium was not one that opened in the back but rather a regular old pull over. It's was quite awkward at times seeing riders trying to pull on the jersey over their hat and sunglasses.
The new style makes it look like the leaders are getting ready to paint while wearing one of dad's old work shirts backwards.

The Giro does it right with the pullovers.
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Nike huh? I wouldn't have thought. Thanks for the info, folks! The one the guy takes home is not the one he rides in or the one he wears on the podium? Why not? Do they get reused?
Yes - Nike. You can see the swoosh on all winner jerseys during the tour.

I think I heard that each jersey winner gets three jerseys every day, one with the zipper on the back used for the podium ceremony and two full front zip jerseys, one of which he rides. The other is presumably signed and given to fans, sponsors, etc. My understanding is that the one worn during the stage is the most valuable in the collectors market.
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I was always fascinated with behind-the-scene logistics and mechanics of putting together a glamorous spectacle, be it Cirque show, ballet performance, making a movie or anything of the sort. Entertainment value of TdF can not be underestimated. Er... Pardon the squick factor of the question - riders gotta generate an astounding amount of laundry. How is that handled? Who's responsibility is to make sure nothing gets mixed up? Are jerseys - just regular peloton team jerseys - a single wear item (did not want to use "disposabe" word)?

Curious....

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Regular everyday jerseys are washed nightly. Teams try and find hotels capable of doing laundry with a suitable kitchen for the team cook to use. There's an amazing amount of work to be done once a stage is finished. Riders get massages, laundry needs be done, dinner has to be made, bikes need to be worked on, musettes need to be prepared for the next day, etc.
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I'd assume that the team busses also have laundry facilities and that kits are labeled and rotated with spares for everthing and everyone.
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Yes, some team buses have laundry. Not all teams are funded equally though.
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