Young rider classification

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Young rider classification (French: classement général des jeunes) is a cycling jersey competition in multi-day stage race events, such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and many others, which awards the current leader by overall time for riders below the age of twenty-five years old (or twenty-three years old) depending on the race rules[citation needed]. Recipients are commonly known as the Best Young Rider[citation needed].

In stage racing, the fastest overall time of all riders below the age limit is awarded the cycling jersey, often the jersey color is white, in the same fashion the fastest time of all riders (regardless of age) is awarded in the general classification[citation needed].

If the best young rider is also the leader of the general classification, points classification or mountains classification, then the rider wears the most prestigious jersey and the next young rider in the classification not holding a more prestigious jersey will wear the young rider jersey[citation needed].

Young rider classification winners of the Grand Tours[edit]

The young rider classification exists in only two of the three Grand Tours, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

Career doubles[edit]

The Tour/Giro double has been achieved by two riders:

Most white jerseys[edit]

Winners by year[edit]

Year  Giro d'Italia (ITA)  Tour de France (FRA)
2014  Nairo Quintana (COL) (2/2)  Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
2013  Carlos Betancur (COL)  Nairo Quintana (COL) (1/2)
2012  Rigoberto Urán (COL)  Tejay van Garderen (USA)
2011  Roman Kreuziger (CZE)  Pierre Rolland (FRA)
2010  Richie Porte (AUS)  Andy Schleck (LUX) (4/4)
2009  Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL)  Andy Schleck (LUX) (3/4)
2008  Riccardo Riccò (ITA)  Andy Schleck (LUX) (2/4)
2007  Andy Schleck (LUX) (1/4)  Alberto Contador (ESP)
2006 Not awarded  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2005  Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)
2004  Vladimir Karpets (RUS)
2003  Denis Menchov (RUS)
2002  Ivan Basso (ITA)
2001  Óscar Sevilla (ESP)
2000  Francisco Mancebo (ESP)
1999  Benoît Salmon (FRA)
1998  Jan Ullrich (GER) (3/3)
1997  Jan Ullrich (GER) (2/3)
1996  Jan Ullrich (GER) (1/3)
1995  Marco Pantani (ITA) (2/2)
1994  Eugeni Berzin (RUS)  Marco Pantani (ITA) (1/2)
1993  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) (2/2)  Antonio Martín Velasco (ESP)
1992  Pavel Tonkov (CIS) (1/2)  Eddy Bouwmans (NED)
1991  Massimiliano Lelli (ITA)  Álvaro Mejía (COL)
1990  Vladimir Poulnikov (URS) (2/2)  Gilles Delion (FRA)
1989  Vladimir Poulnikov (URS) (1/2)  Fabrice Philipot (FRA)
1988  Stefano Tomasini (ITA)  Erik Breukink (NED)
1987  Roberto Conti (ITA)  Raúl Alcalá (MEX)
1986  Marco Giovannetti (ITA)  Andrew Hampsten (USA)
1985  Alberto Volpi (ITA)  Fabio Parra (COL)
1984  Charly Mottet (FRA)  Greg LeMond (USA)
1983  Franco Chioccioli (ITA)  Laurent Fignon (FRA)
1982  Marco Groppo (ITA)  Phil Anderson (AUS)
1981  Giuseppe Faraca (ITA)  Peter Winnen (NED)
1980  Tommy Prim (SWE)  Johan Van der Velde (NED)
1979  Silvano Contini (ITA)  Jean-Rene Bernaudeau (FRA)
1978  Roberto Visentini (ITA)  Henk Lubberding (NED)
1977  Mario Beccia (ITA)  Dietrich Thurau (GER)
1976  Alfio Vandi (ITA)  Enrique Martinez-Heredia (ESP)
1975 Not awarded  Francesco Moser (ITA)

See also[edit]

  • Maillot blanc - Tour de France's young rider classification jersey; common name for other France-based races.
  • Maglia bianca - Giro d'Italia's young rider classification jersey; common name for other Italy-based races.