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].

Only two cyclists have ever won three white jerseys for the best young rider, - Jan Ullrich in years 1996-1998, and Andy Schleck in 2008-2010, both in the Tour de France.

Andy Schleck and Nairo Quintana are the only cyclists who have ever won the white jerseys for the best young rider in both Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

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.