Bookmakers are already taking bets on the colour of the race’s winner in 2019, and the result is more controversial than usual
Everything you wanted to know about yellow and green is now known by the name of the race that’s coming to Brazil next year. Taggart, the country’s tour operator that provides public transport and offers packages in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, has decided to rename its signature topic: the Tour de France. These days the yellow jersey worn by race leader Alberto Contador of Spain is only called “yellow”, while the green jersey, won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg in 2010, has had the name “green” dropped from its title. The yellow, green and blue jersey starts on the first Saturday in July, usually going to the rider with the most points following stage victories and finishing positions.
So who will win in 2019? Brazil’s yellow jersey? No, the green. Hey, it must be a good one. “It is the same colour of the jersey worn by our national symbol – the moon,” explains the company on its website. The name of a new jersey? Taggart’s currently got the sort of hazy image that will be more instantly recognisable. The delectable yellow is expected to linger on for at least one more year, then it will go green.
Which other yellow shirts are there in the world? Verdura, a Spanish race, is said to have taken inspiration from US astronaut Mark Kelly in its purple and yellow colours in the US edition of 1997. Yellow and green have been used on the jerseys of other races, notably the Grand Tour of Ireland (tittie red, yellow and green) and the Santander colours for the Swiss Grand Prix (tittie white and green).
The Tour de France is not quite moving to Brazil: Taggart still hasn’t responded to the Guardian’s request for further comment.