The fabled yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, is worn by the rider leading the GC every day during the Tour de France.
The white jersey, or maillot blanc, is awarded to the best-placed young rider in the GC.
Missing last year's Tour de France has given Denis Menchov extra motivation to fight for the yellow jersey at this year's edition.
Vuelta winner Juan Jose Cobo has joined fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde to co-lead his former team Movistar.
Liquigas-Canondale have confirmed their roster for the 2012 season, naming six new riders in their squad.
Team Europcar have confirmed the signings of Tunisia's Rafâa Chtioui and Italy's Matteo Pelucchi for the 2012 season.
GreenEDGE Cycling's strong recruiting has taken it another big step towards becoming the first Australian pro cycling team on the World Tour
Geox is ending its involvement in professional cycling after just one season in the sport, the Italian shoemaker said on Thursday.
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