The coloured jerseys of The Women’s Tour explained

Marianne Vos is handed the yellow jersey in Clacton last year

Marianne Vos is handed the yellow jersey in Clacton last year - Credit: Lucy Taylor

As they ride from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh and from Braintree to Clacton, the cyclists in The Women’s Tour will be competing for coloured jerseys - but what do they mean?

Current Leader

The Aviva yellow jersey is awarded to the current overall leader and is considered the prized jersey..

Best Sprinter

The Chain Reaction Cycles blue and white jersey is handed to the best sprinter. Each stage has two special sprint sections and, of course, the final stage finish. There are points awarded to the first 15 riders across the different sprint finish lines - with the first getting 15 points, and the last of the pack receiving a single point.

The rider with the most sprint points at the end of the day gets the blue and white jersey.

Queen of the Mountains

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There may not be many mountains in East Anglia, but there are some steep hills which the pros will climb.

There are two hill climbs in each stage and the top six riders to reach the top of each are awarded points - six for the first and one for the sixth.

The rider with the highest accumulated points gets the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey, the design of which is yet to be confirmed.

Last year this was white with orange spots.

Best British Rider

This jersey is sponsored by Premier Inn and again we are still waiting for confirmation of the style. The jersey is awarded to the leading British cyclist at each stage in the competition.

Best Young Rider

The white jersey is sponsored by SweetSpot and is for the best young rider, this is based on the general position from the end of the last stage. These riders are under 23 and ones to watch for the future.

For route maps, where to watch and a run-down on the teams taking part, see our Women’s Tour page here

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