AMGEN INDIVIDUAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
The prized “yellow jersey” will go to the rider with the lowest cumulative time over the entire race (each day) at the end of each stage. Traditionally yellow, this jersey often changes hands from stage to stage as each day's results are added into the equation. It is possible for a rider to wear this highly contested jersey without winning a stage since it recognizes overall race times, not stage finish results.
VISIT CALIFORNIA SPRINT CLASSIFICATION
Cyclists who specialize in bursts of power and speed, or consistently finish near the top of each stage, have the best chance to wear the respected ”green jersey.” Riders can accumulate points at designated Sprint Lines throughout the course, as well as for finishing the stage in the top ten. Visit California has been a jersey partner since the race's inception in 2006.
LEXUS KING (KOM) & QUEEN (QOM) OF THE MOUNTAIN CLASSIFICATION
This jersey recognizes the peloton's strongest climber each day – the rider who collects the most points at designated KOM/QOM locations on mountains and hills. Only the first three cyclists to reach the top on rated climbs receive points.
TAG HEUER BEST YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION
This coveted jersey will be awarded daily to the rider under age 25 with the least amount of elapsed time over the entire race to that point. Past winners of this jersey have gone on to become stars of the sport.
BREAKAWAY FROM CANCER® / BREAKAWAY FROM HEART DISEASE™ MOST COURAGEOUS RIDER JERSEY
This meaningful jersey will be awarded daily to the man / woman respectively who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer / heart disease – courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance. It is awarded by vote of a section group.
Award for the rider who crosses the finish-line in first place.
The Team Classification is established by adding each team’s three best individual times in each of the completed stages.
The winning team is the one with the lowest time.
- The yellow jersey = The overall leader
- The green jersey = The overall best sprinter
- The polka dot jersey = The overall best climber
- The multi color jersey = The overall best young rider
- The blue jersey = the most courageous rider of the previous stage