King of the Mountains by Red Dots Cycling & Stage 5

King of the Mountains cycling cap
via Red Dots Cycling

The King of the Mountains jersey is one of the iconic classification jerseys of Le Tour and since 1975 the leader wears the polka dot jersey (maillot a pois rouges). The high mountains first appeared in 1910 with the col d'Auisque and the Tourmalet. It wasn't until 1933, Vincente Trueba was the first winner of the classification. The distinct jersey was not introduced until 1975. Sponsored by Chocolat Poulain - their chocolate bars were covered in polka dot wrapper. 

There are two special climbers awards in the Tour: The Souvenir Henri Desgrange given to the first rider over the highest climb. This year it is the Col d'Allos. The Souvenir Jacques Goddet given to the first rider to pass the Jacques Goddet's memorial on the Col du Tourmalet. 

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the KoMs jersey, Red Dots Cycling proudly introduces the new King of the Mountains cycling cap. A classic design that includes a handmade French ribbon, unique embroidered red dots under brim and navy blue linen/cotton. It's a dual themed cap; brim down is classic French cycling and brim up - you can show your love for the dots. Now available from our shop in sizes: S/M and M/L. And, we'll cover you on your climbs with limited free shipping.

Go here to purchase: King of the Mountains cycling cap.

Meilleur grimpeur...
Lucien Van Impe was the first to wear the 
maillot a pois rouges, 1975 Tour. He is a six-time winner of
the Mountains classification.

Today's stage 5:

Nervous riding again as wind, rain slick roads induced crashes on stage 5, Nacer Bouhanni (a shame as he won't contest the sprints), Michael Albasini and Jack Bauer abandoned. Time must be ticking for Mark Cavendish to win. Andrei Greipel is the man that has put a block in front of the Manxman's sprint by winning his second stage. The Gorilla is having an amazing Tour grabbing a bountiful 50 pts to lead the green jersey competition. Peter Sagan is also flying taking second place and 30 pts. It's looking like a two-man fight for the green jersey. Tomorrow will be slightly hillier and tailor made for the Saganator. I'd like to see him win and pop a wheelie.

Fab Five: 2. Froome (:12) 3. Van Garderen (:25) 8. Contador (:48) 13. Nibali (1:50) 17. Quintana (2:08).

My French Hope: 30. Pinot (6:30)