List of Grand Tour points classification winners

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Erik Zabel has won the most points classifications at the Grand Tour races, with nine to his credit.

The Grand Tours are the three most prestigious multi-week stage races in professional road bicycle racing.[1] The competitions are the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, contested annually in that order. They are the only stage races permitted to last longer than 14 days.[2] No cyclist has won all three Grand Tours's points classifications in the same year; the only cyclists to win all three Grand Tours's points classifications in their career are Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Mark Cavendish, Laurent Jalabert, Eddy Merckx and Alessandro Petacchi. It is rare for cyclists to ride all Grand Tours in the same year; in 2004, 474 cyclists started in one of the Grand Tours, 68 rode two and two cyclists started all three.[3]

Cyclists are ranked on the basis of their total wins in the three Grand Tours. When there is a tie between cyclists they are listed alphabetically by the Grand Tour they won. The majority of winners have come from Europe, however there have been a few notable victories for cyclists from other continents. Abdoujaparov, of Uzbekistan, won five points classifications. The only other non-European country to win a points classification at a Grand Tour is Australia, who have won five between three riders.

Erik Zabel, with 9 victories, has won the most points classifications at the Grand Tours. Sean Kelly is second with 8 and Laurent Jalabert is third with seven. Zabel has won the most points classifications at the Tour, with six, along with Peter Sagan. Francesco Moser and Giuseppe Saronni share the record of four points classifications at the Giro. While, Kelly and Jalabert both have four victories in the points classification at the Vuelta.

Winners[edit]

Sean Kelly won a total of eight points classifications at the Grand Tours during his career.
Laurent Jalabert won seven points classifications at the Grand Tour races he competed in.
Eddy Merckx won six Grand Tour points classifications.
Djamolidine Abdoujaparov won five points classification at Grand Tour races in his career.

By cyclist[edit]

Riders in bold are still active. Number of wins in gold indicates the current record holder(s).

Grand Tour points classification winners
Rank Cyclist Country Winning span Giro Tour Vuelta Total
1 Erik Zabel Germany Germany 1996–2004 0 6 3 9
2 Sean Kelly Republic of Ireland Ireland 1980–1989 0 4 4 8
3 Laurent Jalabert France France 1992–1997 1 2 4 7
4 Peter Sagan Slovakia Slovakia 2012–2018 0 6 0 6
4 Eddy Merckx Belgium Belgium 1968–1973 2 3 1 6
6 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov  Soviet Union/ Uzbekistan 1991–1994 1 3 1 5
6 Jan Janssen Netherlands Netherlands 1964–1968 0 3 2 5
8 Francesco Moser Italy Italy 1976–1982 4 0 0 4
8 Giuseppe Saronni Italy Italy 1979–1983 4 0 0 4
8 Freddy Maertens Belgium Belgium 1976–1981 0 3 1 4
8 Alejandro Valverde Spain Spain 2012–2018 0 0 4 4
12 Mario Cipollini Italy Italy 1992–2002 3 0 0 3
12 Roger De Vlaeminck Belgium Belgium 1972–1975 3 0 0 3
12 Johan Van Der Velde Netherlands Netherlands 1985–1988 3 0 0 3
12 Franco Bitossi Italy Italy 1968–1970 2 1 0 3
12 Alessandro Petacchi Italy Italy 2004–2010 1 1 1 3
12 Mark Cavendish United Kingdom United Kingdom 2010–2013 1 1 1 3
12 Rik Van Looy Belgium Belgium 1959–1965 0 1 2 3
12 Robbie McEwen Australia Australia 2002–2006 0 3 0 3
12 Thor Hushovd Norway Norway 2005–2009 0 2 1 3
21 Paolo Bettini Italy Italy 2005–2006 2 0 0 2
21 Daniele Bennati Italy Italy 2007–2008 1 0 1 2
21 Fabrizio Guidi Italy Italy 1996–1998 1 0 1 2
21 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy Italy 2015-2016 2 0 0 2
21 Tony Rominger Switzerland Switzerland 1993–1995 1 0 1 2
21 André Darrigade France France 1959–1961 0 2 0 2
21 Jean Graczyk France France 1958–1960 0 2 0 2
21 Stan Ockers Belgium Belgium 1955–1956 0 2 0 2
21 Rudi Altig West Germany West Germany 1962 0 1 1 2
21 Domingo Perurena Spain Spain 1972–1974 0 0 2 2
21 Uwe Raab Germany Germany 1990–1991 0 0 2 2
32 Adriano Baffi Italy Italy 1993 1 0 0 1
32 Marino Basso Italy Italy 1971 1 0 0 1
32 Guido Bontempi Italy Italy 1986 1 0 0 1
32 Nacer Bouhanni France France 2014 1 0 0 1
32 Gianni Bugno Italy Italy 1990 1 0 0 1
32 Claudio Chiappucci Italy Italy 1991 1 0 0 1
32 Cadel Evans Australia Australia 2010 1 0 0 1
32 Giovanni Fidanza Italy Italy 1989 1 0 0 1
32 Urs Freuler Switzerland Switzerland 1984 1 0 0 1
32 Dmitri Konyshev Russia Russia 2000 1 0 0 1
32 Denis Menchov Russia Russia 2009 1 0 0 1
32 Gianni Motta Italy Italy 1966 1 0 0 1
32 Mariano Piccoli Italy Italy 1998 1 0 0 1
32 Michele Scarponi Italy Italy 2011 1 0 0 1
32 Gilberto Simoni Italy Italy 2003 1 0 0 1
32 Massimo Strazzer Italy Italy 2001 1 0 0 1
32 Elia Viviani Italy Italy 2018 1 0 0 1
32 Dino Zandegù Italy Italy 1967 1 0 0 1
32 Tom Boonen Belgium Belgium 2007 0 1 0 1
32 Baden Cooke Australia Australia 2003 0 1 0 1
32 Jacques Esclassan France France 1977 0 1 0 1
32 Jean Forestier France France 1957 0 1 0 1
32 Óscar Freire Spain Spain 2008 0 1 0 1
32 Walter Godefroot Belgium Belgium 1970 0 1 0 1
32 Bernard Hinault France France 1979 0 1 0 1
32 Frank Hoste Belgium Belgium 1984 0 1 0 1
32 Ferdinand Kübler Switzerland Switzerland 1954 0 1 0 1
32 Olaf Ludwig Germany Germany 1990 0 1 0 1
32 Michael Matthews Australia Australia 2017 0 1 0 1
32 Rudy Pevenage Belgium Belgium 1980 0 1 0 1
32 Eddy Planckaert Belgium Belgium 1988 0 1 0 1
32 Willy Planckaert Belgium Belgium 1966 0 1 0 1
32 Fritz Schär Switzerland Switzerland 1953 0 1 0 1
32 Patrick Sercu Belgium Belgium 1974 0 1 0 1
32 Herman Van Springel Belgium Belgium 1973 0 1 0 1
32 Rik Van Linden Belgium Belgium 1975 0 1 0 1
32 Eric Vanderaerden Belgium Belgium 1986 0 1 0 1
32 Salvador Botella Spain Spain 1958 0 0 1 1
32 Javier Cedena Spain Spain 1981 0 0 1 1
32 John Degenkolb Germany Germany 2014 0 0 1 1
32 Alfons De Wolf Belgium Belgium 1979 0 0 1 1
32 Arthur Decabooter Belgium Belgium 1960 0 0 1 1
32 Malcolm Elliot United Kingdom United Kingdom 1989 0 0 1 1
32 Fabio Felline Italy Italy 2016 0 0 1 1
32 Christopher Froome United Kingdom United Kingdom 2017 0 0 1 1
32 André Greipel Germany Germany 2009 0 0 1 1
32 Cyrille Guimard France France 1971 0 0 1 1
32 Alfonso Gutierrez Spain Spain 1987 0 0 1 1
32 Roberto Heras Spain Spain 2000 0 0 1 1
32 Vicente Iturat Spain Spain 1957 0 0 1 1
32 Marino Lejaretta Spain Spain 1983 0 0 1 1
32 Fiorenzo Magni Italy Italy 1955 0 0 1 1
32 Bas Maliepaard Netherlands Netherlands 1963 0 0 1 1
32 José Maria Jiménez Spain Spain 2001 0 0 1 1
32 Miguel María Lasa Spain Spain 1975 0 0 1 1
32 Bauke Mollema Netherlands Netherlands 2011 0 0 1 1
32 Steffan Mutter Switzerland Switzerland 1982 0 0 1 1
32 José Pérez-Francés Spain Spain 1964 0 0 1 1
32 Guido Reybrouck Belgium Belgium 1970 0 0 1 1
32 Raymond Steegmans Belgium Belgium 1969 0 0 1 1
32 Antonio Suárez Spain Spain 1961 0 0 1 1
32 Dietrich Thurau West Germany West Germany 1976 0 0 1 1
32 Greg Van Avermaet Belgium Belgium 2008 0 0 1 1
32 Guido Van Calster Belgium Belgium 1984 0 0 1 1
32 Ferdi Van Den Haute Belgium Belgium 1978 0 0 1 1
32 Jos van der Vleuten Netherlands Netherlands 1966 0 0 1 1
32 Rik Van Steenbergen Belgium Belgium 1956 0 0 1 1
32 Frank Vandenbroucke Belgium Belgium 1999 0 0 1 1

By country[edit]

Grand Tour points classification winners by country
Country Giro Tour Vuelta Total
 Italy 32 2 5 39
 Belgium 5 19 13 37
 Spain 1 1 17 19
 Germany 0 8 9 17
 France 2 9 5 16
 Netherlands 3 4 5 12
 Ireland 0 4 3 7
 Australia 1 5 0 6
 Slovakia 0 6 0 6
  Switzerland 2 2 2 6
 Uzbekistan 1 3 1 5
 United Kingdom 1 1 3 5
 Norway 0 2 1 3
 Russia 2 0 0 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • "The Tour through the Years". Cyclingnews.com. Bath, UK: Future plc. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  • "Past winners". Cyclingnews.com. Bath, UK: Future plc. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  • Jacques Augendre. "Le Maillot Vert: Classement Par Points" [The Green Jersey: Points Classificaition] (PDF). Le Tour de France (in French). ASO. p. 118. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  • "Giro d'Italia – Fight for Pink: Il Garibaldi" (PDF). Giro d'Italia. RCS MediaGroup. p. 40. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.

Specific

  1. ^ "Million dollar, baby!". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ "UCI Cycling Regulations". Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Archived from the original (ASP) on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  3. ^ Riche, Antoine (19 March 2005). "Doubler deux Grands Tours revient à la mode". CyclisMag (in French). Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.