Official Suppliers of Podium Bouquets to the 2014 Tour de France
2014 was a special year for cycling enthusiasts in the UK, with the Grand Depart and initial stages of the world famous Tour de France historically coming to these shores for the first time. It was also a special time for Pavilion, who were awarded the contract to supply the podium presentation flowers for the York to Sheffield (Yorkshire stage 2) leg of the race.
After tendering for the honour of creating the specially designed bouquets, Pavilion were selected from a host of excellent floral design shops competing for a job which would attract considerable media attention, and in turn prestige. And so six beautiful designs were formulated by Jonathan and Renate, each colour-coordinated to the relevant winner's jersey or classification.
On the day, podium organiser Julie Gautier commented that the flowers were genuinely amongst the best she had ever seen during her involvement with the Tour - high praise indeed! And not only did Pavilion enjoy the enviable task of creating the bouquets; they were also given free passes to the podium viewing stand on the finish line where staff enjoyed the end of the stage and presentation of flowers to the riders (including eventual overall Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali).
Yellow Jersey (Maillot Jaune). The signature chemise of the Tour de France, designating the overall leader of the race so far.
Green Jersey (Maillot Vert). The sprinter's jersey. Some stages have mini-sprints within the stage that are worth points. The amount of sprint points awarded depends on the day’s course and in what place the rider finishes that day.
White with Red Polka Dots Jersey (Maillot à Pois Rouges). This is the King of the Mountains jersey. Points are awarded to the first rider to reach the crest of designated hills and mountains.
Red Combative Classification (Prix de la Combativité). The prix de la combativité goes to the rider who most animates the day, the most combative rider who usually tries to break clear of the field.
White Jersey (Maillot Blanc). This is the Young Rider classification; the jersey is worn by the fastest overall rider under the age of 25 (on Jan. 1 in the year of the race).
Yellow with Red Team Classification (Classement d'équipes). Awarded to the best performing team at each stage. The team classification is assessed by adding the time of each team's best three riders each day.
From creation to the podium... The Maillot Jaune bouquet is held aloft by eventual Tour de France victor Vincenzo Nibali.