Points classification in the Vuelta a España

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Award details
Sport Road Cycling
Competition Vuelta a España
Given for Winner of the points classification
Local name Maillot verde
History
First award 1945
Editions 60 (as of 2013)
First winner  Delio Rodríguez (ESP)
Most wins  Seán Kelly (IRL)
 Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
(4 wins)
Most recent  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)

The points classification in the Vuelta a España is a secondary classification in the Vuelta a España, in which the cyclists are ranked in a points classification based on the stage rankings.

History[edit]

For the first time, a points classification was calculated in 1945, sponsored by Pirelli. It was calculated as follows:[1]

  • The winner of a stage received 100 points, the second 99, and so on. If cyclists arrived in a group that was given the same time, they all received the same number of points.
  • The first five cyclists in a stage received 12 points for every minute that they arrived ahead of the number six of the stage.
  • For every point scored for the mountains classification, two points were given for this points classification.
  • On intermediate sprints, points could be won: 8 for the winner, 6 for the second, 4 and 2 for the next.

Although the sponsor said that the classification was a great success,[2] it did not return the next edition. The next time that a points classification was calculated, was in 1955. Then it used the method of adding the stage ranks, in the same way as the points classification in the Tour de France did then.

Seán Kelly and Laurent Jalabert, with 4 titles each, share the record of victories.

Winners of the points classification by year[edit]

Year Winner Points Second place Points Third place Points Ref(s)
1945  Delio Rodríguez (ESP) 2347  João Rebelo (POR) 2021  Julián Berrendero  (ESP) 1967 [2]
1946–1948: No points classification
1949: Race not held
1950: No points classification
1951–1954: Race not held
1955  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) 128  Gabriel Company Bauza (ESP) 161  Jesús Loroño (ESP) 177 [3]
1956  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) 98
1957  Vicente Iturat (ESP) 160
1958  Salvador Botella (ESP) 202
1959  Rik Van Looy (BEL) 148
1960  Arthur Decabooter (BEL) 189
1961  Antonio Suárez (ESP) 194
1962  Rudi Altig (GER) 143.5
1963  Bas Maliepaard (NED) 130
1964  José Pérez-Francés (ESP) 167
1965  Rik Van Looy (BEL) 243
1966  Jos van der Vleuten (NED) 147
1967  Jan Janssen (NED) 209
1968  Jan Janssen (NED) 142
1969  Raymond Steegmans (BEL) 188
1970  Guido Reybrouck (BEL) 199.5
1971  Cyrille Guimard (FRA) 233
1972  Domingo Perurena (ESP) 224
1973  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 215.5
1974  Domingo Perurena (ESP) 210
1975  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 249.5
1976  Dietrich Thurau (GER) 174.5
1977  Freddy Maertens (BEL) 369
1978  Ferdi Van Den Haute (BEL) 218
1979  Fons De Wolf (BEL) 219
1980  Seán Kelly (IRL) 313
1981  Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP) 211
1982  Stefan Mutter (SUI) 172
1983  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) 188
1984  Guido Van Calster (BEL) 204
1985  Seán Kelly (IRL) 223
1986  Seán Kelly (IRL) 253
1987  Alfonso Gutierrez (ESP) 149
1988  Seán Kelly (IRL) 248
1989  Malcolm Elliott (GBR) 161
1990  Uwe Raab (GDR) 173
1991  Uwe Raab (GER) 169
1992  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) 157
1993  Tony Rominger (SUI) 247
1994  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 243
1995  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 312
1996  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 237  Nicola Minali (ITA) 163  Tom Steels (BEL) 142
1997  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 206  Ján Svorada (CZE) 161  Marcel Wüst (GER) 139
1998  Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 206  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 158  José María Jiménez (ESP) 127
1999  Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) 129  Robert Hunter (RSA) 123  Igor González de Galdeano (ESP) 122
2000  Roberto Heras (ESP) 136  Giovanni Lombardi (ITA) 123  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 116 [4]
2001  José Maria Jiménez (ESP) 130  Erik Zabel (GER) 125  Levi Leipheimer (USA) 115 [5]
2002  Erik Zabel (GER) 188  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 163  Aitor González (ESP) 151 [6]
2003  Erik Zabel (GER) 181  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 161  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 160 [7]
2004  Erik Zabel (GER) 152  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 144  Roberto Heras (ESP) 142 [8]
2005  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 169  Denis Menchov (RUS) 142  Carlos Sastre (ESP) 124 [9]
2006  Thor Hushovd (NOR) 199  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) 163  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 147 [10]
2007  Daniele Bennati (ITA) 147  Denis Menchov (RUS) 135  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) 127 [11]
2008  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) 158  Alberto Contador (ESP) 137  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 129 [12]
2009  André Greipel (GER) 150  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 111  Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [13]
2010  Mark Cavendish (GBR) 156  Tyler Farrar (USA) 149  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 119 [14]
2011  Bauke Mollema (NED) 122  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 115  Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [15]
2012  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 199  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 193  Alberto Contador (ESP) 161
2013  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 152  Chris Horner (USA) 126  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 125

References[edit]

  1. ^ "25000 pesetas de la Case Pirelli para la Vuelta Ciclista a España". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 March 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "V Vuelta Ciclista a España Pirelli". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 March 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1955/05/09/pagina-8/638524/pdf.html
  4. ^ "Vuelta a España 2000 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vuelta a España 2001 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vuelta a España 2002 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Vuelta a España 2003 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Vuelta a España 2004 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vuelta a España 2005 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Vuelta a España 2006 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Official Web Site Vuelta a España 2009 – History / 2008". LaVuelta.com. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Vuelta a España 2009 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Vuelta a España 2010 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Vuelta a España 2011 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.