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. Recipients are commonly known as the Best Young Rider.
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.
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.
Young rider classification winners of the Grand Tours
The Tour/Giro double has been achieved by two riders:
- Andy Schleck (LUX) - 1 Giro white jersey (2007), 3 Tour white jerseys (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Nairo Quintana (COL) - 1 Giro white jersey (2014), 1 Tour white jersey (2013)
Most white jerseys
Winners by year
- 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.
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