Combination classification in the Vuelta a España

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White jersey
Jersey white.svg
SportRoad Cycling
CompetitionVuelta a España
Given forWinner combination classification
Local nameJersey Blanco Spain
History
First award1970
Editions29 (as of 2017)
First winner Guido Reybrouck (BEL)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (3 wins)
Most recent Simon Yates (GBR)

The combination classification is one of the primary awards in the Vuelta a España cycling stage race. This classification is calculated by adding the numeral ranks of each cyclist in the general, points, and mountains classifications (a rider must have a score in all classifications possible to qualify for the combination classification), with the lowest cumulative total signifying the leader of this competition.

Since 2006, the leader of the classification wears a white jersey; in 2005 it was a golden-green jersey.

The award strongly favours top riders in the competition. Since its re-introduction in 2002, it has only been won by someone other than the race's overall winner four times: in 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2015. On all four of those occasions, the winning cyclist was placed either second or third in the overall classification.

The combination classification will be discontinued in 2019. Now, the white jersey will be worn by the best young rider[1].


Winners[edit]

Most wins[edit]

Rank Cyclist Total Years
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 3 2003, 2009, 2012
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) 2 2008, 2014
 Federico Echave (ESP) 2 1990, 1991
 Roberto Heras (ESP) 2 2002, 2004
 Sean Kelly (IRL) 2 1986, 1988
 Denis Menchov (RUS) 2 2005, 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vuelta a Espana introduces young rider jersey in 2019". Cycling News. Retrieved December 18, 2018.