Maillot Vert

The maillot vert is the green jersey that is awarded to whoever is leading the points competition in the Tour de France.

It is traditionally won by a sprinter as points are picked up at the finish of the flatter stages. In 2011, organisers tweaked the way points were awarded as the Tour de France director, Christian Prudomme, believed that the existing points system did not necessarily favour the best sprinter in the race. Mark Cavendish duly won the maillot vert in Paris in 2011, vindicating Prudhommes decision.

German Erik Zabel holds the record for winning the final green jersey in the Tour - a phenomonal six consecutive times, between 1996 and 2001.

In 2013 the young Slovakian, Peter Sagan, dominated the points classification and duly wore the maillot vert in Paris for a 2nd consecutive time.

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