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    Why is there no jersey for most aggessive?

    Sorry if this has been covered- it just seems of you are going to have a podium visit- you could give the guy a jersey to wear the next day.

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    My only guess would be that they don't want to deminish the meaning of a jersey by having too many of them.

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    Aggressive rider already gets a red race number with white lettering.

    But, I think it's a good idea, except it's already difficult to spot the other jerseys with such a colorful peloton. Only ones that stand out now are yellow and KOM.

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    easy. You're talking about something subjective.
    Tell me how you measure "aggressive" with a clock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridgeline View Post
    easy. You're talking about something subjective.
    Tell me how you measure "aggressive" with a clock?
    Just because the days most aggressive rider is subjective doesnt mean they cant give him a different jersey for achieving it.

    Maybe a Red jersey instead of the number would be cool.
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    The Tour used to award a Red Jersey for the most aggressive rider. It may have been referred to as "combative", or perhaps that was a bad translation?

    I Googled Gerrit Solleveld*, and came up with this image:



    Further digging uncovered this article which referred to the red jersey as being awarded for the intermediate sprints.

    This article claims that the Red Jersey was awarded from 1984 - 1989, but phased out because it was considered redundant with the Green Jersey. I had also heard that the award presentation was taking too long because of all the different jerseys, so some were discontinued. Even the White Jersey for the best young rider was temporarily discontinued from about 1989 to 2000.

    The Tour also used to award the Combination Jersey, for the rider who had the highest over all ranking in all of the other categories. That must have been a nightmare to keep track of all the different point totals - no wonder that jersey is no longer awarded! Any way, here's a picture from 1986 of Bernard Hinault in that jersey, and you can clearly see the red section:






    *It's truly scary that I had to take Organic Chemistry three times before I passed, yet I remember things like Gerrit Solleveld's name almost 25 years later!
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    Thank you for that reply HigherGround! Very interesting stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TnBama View Post
    Thank you for that reply HigherGround! Very interesting stuff!
    You're welcome! I became a fan of cycling as a teenager around 1983/84, so watching the rise of Greg LeMond (and also the 7-Eleven team) was definitely very inspirational for me.
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