Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 108

Basque Bombers A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1974 1974 As the Tour made a brief visit to Spain on stages 15 & 16, Lopez-Carril had the good sense to wear the blue and green team colors rather than wearing the yellow jersey (the same colour as the Spanish flag). He was riding in fear of Basque separatists and with good reason. They bombed the press and team cars causing havoc. Thankfully no one was hurt but it cast a cloud over the remaining Tour. Poulain’s Polka Dots A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1975 1975 Henri Desgrange didn’t recognize the top climbers until the King of the Mountains classification was first introduced in 1933. But it wasn't until 1975 that the now famous Polka Dot Jersey was created and awarded. Why Polka Dot? The jersey's sponsor was chocolate maker Poulain, whose wrappers featured the now-famous red spots. The first recipient of the Polka Dot jersey was Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk. 108