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Baden Cooke (right, green) tussles with fellow Australian Robbie McEwen on the Champs Elysees
Cooke won the green points jersey by 2 points

The green sprinter's jersey or points jersey was first awarded in 1953 to celebrate the Tour's 50th anniversary.

Points are awarded each day for position, rather than time, across the finish line.

So riders who finish consistently highest each day build up green jersey points.

Australian speed-machine Baden Cooke edged the 2003 green jersey
2003 speed merchant: Baden Cooke

Flatter stages offer greater points rewards to keep the race lively.

Additional points can be picked up at intermediate sprints called primes or 'hot spots' placed along the route.

To win the competition a rider has to be consistent and fast and must be able to struggle through the mountains in one piece.

2004 green jersey winner: Robbie McEwen.


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Yellow jersey
Polka-dot jersey
Green jersey
White jersey

Did you know?
Germany's Erik Zabel has won the green jersey a record six times and was finally dethroned in the 2002 race by the Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen.


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