Le Coq Sportif, a French sports brand whose history started off with cycling apparel, is returning to the Tour de France as the supplier of the race's official shirts. Le Coq Sportif provided these shirts for about four decades until 1988. Through this year the Tour de France will be supplied by Nike, but Le Coq Sportif has signed a deal with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which will make it a partner for the Tour de France from 2012. The details of the agreement remain unclear, but Le Coq will at least supply the jerseys for the race's winners: yellow for the overall winner, green for the best sprinter, dotted for the best climber and white for the best young cyclist. It also remains unclear if Le Coq will become a partner for other races organized by Amaury, particularly the Spanish La Vuelta, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

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