List of Australian cyclists who have led the Tour de France general classification

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The 2004 design of the maillot jaune, as worn by Robbie McEwen on Stage 3 as leader of the general classification

Since the establishment of the competition in 1903, seven Australians have led the general classification in the Tour de France at the end of a stage during one of the 102 Tours de France. One of the three Grand Tours of professional stage cycling,[1][2] the Tour de France is the most famous road cycling event in the world, and is held annually in the month of July.[3] Although all riders compete together, the winners of the Tour are divided into classifications, each best known by the coloured jersey that is worn by the leader of it; the general classification (GC), represented by the maillot jaune (yellow jersey), is for the overall leader in terms of the lowest time.[4][5] The other individual classifications in the Tour de France are the points classification, also known as the sprinters' classification (green jersey), the mountains classification (polka dot jersey), and the young rider classification (white jersey).[1][4]

In the 102 editions of the Tour de France to 2015, only seven Australian riders have worn the maillot jaune.[6] The first was Phil Anderson, who in 1981 became the first ever non-European to lead the general classification at the Tour de France when he wore the yellow jersey on Stage 7 on 1 July.[7] Of the seven Australians to wear it to date, three are considered to be "general classification riders" (that is, riders who are aiming to win the GC, as opposed to competing in another classification or riding as a domestique): Anderson in 1981 and 1982, Cadel Evans in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and Simon Gerrans in 2013.[8][9] Stuart O'Grady and Robbie McEwen are sprint specialists, and were successful in the points classification competition in the years when they also wore the yellow jersey; as a result of winning stages early in the race, they received time bonuses which gave them the leadership of the GC for a small number of days early in the Tour.[10] Brad McGee was the reigning world champion in the 4000 m individual pursuit when he won the opening prologue time trial, which was similar in length, in 2003.[11][12] Simon Gerrans gained his Yellow Jersey after Orica-GreenEDGE's victory in the Stage 4 team time trial around Nice on 2 July 2013.[13] Rohan Dennis, while a former hour record holder, was riding the Tour de France in support of Tejay van Garderen when he won the Stage 1 individual time trial in Utrecht on 4 July 2015, thus becoming the first leader of the general classification for the 2015 Tour de France.[14]

The seven Australians have spent a total of 32 stages in the maillot jaune out of the 2,126 total in the 102 editions of the Tour de France, as at the end of Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour.[15][16]

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"Obtained" refers to the date and stage where the rider secured the lead of the general classification at the finish; the rider would first wear the yellow jersey in the stage after, where he would start the day as leader. "Relinquished" refers to the date and stage where the rider lost the lead, and therefore was not wearing the yellow jersey the following stage.
Year Name Team Obtained Relinquished Final GC Notes
Stage Date Stage Date
1981 Phil Anderson[17] Peugeot 6, GaudensPla d'Adet 30 June 1981 7, NayPau 1 July 1981 10th (+27'00")
[A]
1982 Phil Anderson Peugeot 2, BâleNancy 4 July 1982 11, Valence d'Agen 14 July 1982 5th (+12'16")
[B]
1998 Stuart O'Grady[18] GAN 3, RoscoffLorient 14 July 1998 6, La ChâtreBrive-la-Gaillarde 17 July 1998 53rd (+106'04")
[C]
2001 Stuart O'Grady GAN 2, CalaisAntwerp 9 July 2001 6, CommercyStrasbourg 13 July 2001 54th (+96'20")
[C]
7, StrasbourgColmar 14 July 2001 9, PontarlierAix-les-Bains 16 July 2001
2003 Bradley McGee[11] FDJeux P,[D] Paris 5 July 2003 3, Charleville-MézièresSaint-Dizier 8 July 2003 133rd (+232'49")
2004 Robbie McEwen[19] Lotto-Domo 2, CharleroiNamur 5 July 2004 3, WaterlooWasquehal 6 July 2004 122nd (+179'18")
[E]
2008 Cadel Evans[20] Silence-Lotto 10, PauHautacam 14 July 2008 15, EmbrunPrato Nevoso 20 July 2008 2nd (+0'58")
2010 Cadel Evans BMC 8, Station des RoussesMorzine-Avoriaz 11 July 2010 9, Morzine-AvoriazSaint-Jean-de-Maurienne 13 July 2010 26th (+50' 27")
2011 Cadel Evans BMC 20, Grenoble – Grenoble 23 July 2011
(winner)
1st
2013 Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEDGE 4, Nice – Nice 2 July 2013 6, Aix-en-ProvenceMontpellier 4 July 2013 80th (+ 02h 34' 36')
2015 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 1, Utrecht – Utrecht 4 July 2015 2, Utrecht - Neeltje Jans 5 July 2015 N/A (N/A)
[F]

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A. ^ : This was the first time a non-European cyclist wore the maillot jaune.
B. ^ : Finished first in the young rider classification at the completion of the Tour.
C. a b : Finished second in the points classification at the completion of the Tour.
D. ^ : "P" refers to the prologue event, most commonly an individual time trial (as it was in 2003). The prologue is not considered to be a numbered stage of the Tour de France, and is followed the next day by Stage "1"; therefore, the prologue is occasionally also designated as Stage "0".
E. ^ : Finished first in the points classification at the completion of the Tour.
F. ^ : Also won both the Green Points Jersey and the White Young Rider Jersey as the winner of Stage 1.

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  11. ^ a b de Naranja, Juan (ed.) (2008). "Tour de France Rider Statistics: Bradley McGee". CyclingFever. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  12. ^ Abt, Samuel (6 July 2003). "Specialist Captures Tour's Prologue in Paris". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  13. ^ Guinness, Rupert (4 July 2013). "The rise and rise of the rookie to the yellow jersey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  14. ^ Tyers, Alan (4 July 2015). "Tour de France 2015, stage one - live: Rohan Dennis claims sensational win". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  15. ^ de Naranja, Juan (ed.) (2008). "Tour de France Race Information: Race Leaders". CyclingFever. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  16. ^ Guinness, Rupert (16 July 2008). "True tears of joy as brave Cadel claims first yellow jersey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
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  18. ^ de Naranja, Juan (ed.) (2008). "Tour de France Rider Statistics: Stuart O'Grady". CyclingFever. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  19. ^ de Naranja, Juan (ed.) (2008). "Tour de France Rider Statistics: Robbie McEwen". CyclingFever. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  20. ^ de Naranja, Juan (ed.) (2008). "Tour de France Rider Statistics: Cadel Evans". CyclingFever. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 

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