Yellow jersey statistics

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The 2004 version of the yellow jersey.

Since the first Tour de France in 1903, there have been 2,100 stages, up to and including the 2016 Tour de France. Since 1919, the race leader following each stage has been awarded the yellow jersey (French: Maillot jaune).

Although the leader of the classification after a stage gets a yellow jersey, he is not considered the winner of the yellow jersey, only the wearer. Only after the final stage, the wearer of the yellow jersey is considered the winner of the yellow jersey, and thereby the winner of the Tour de France.

In this article first-place-classifications before 1919 are also counted as if a yellow jersey was awarded. There have been more yellow jerseys given than there were stages: In 1914,[1] 1929,[2] and 1931,[3] there were multiple cyclists with the same leading time, and the 1988 Tour de France had a "prelude",[4] an extra stage for a select group of cyclists. As of 2016, 2,103 yellow jerseys have been awarded in the Tour de France to 283 different riders.

Individual records[edit]

In addition to winning the general classification five times, Eddy Merckx has ridden the most days wearing the yellow jersey

Key:

Cyclists who are still active
Cyclists who won the Tour de France

In previous tours, sometimes a stage was broken in two (or three). On such occasions, only the cyclist leading at the end of the day is counted. The "Jerseys" column lists the number of days that the cyclist wore the yellow jersey; the "Tour wins" column gives the number of days that the cyclist won the yellow jersey. The next four columns indicate the number of times the rider won the points classification, the King of the Mountains classification, and the young rider competition, and the years in which the yellow jersey was worn, with bold years indicating an overall Tour win. For example: Eddy Merckx has spent 96 days in the yellow jersey, won the general classification five times, won the points classification three times, won the mountains classification two times, and never won the young rider classification.[5] He wore the yellow jersey in the Tours of 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974 (which he all won) and 1975 (which he did not win).

Three cyclists (Jean Robic in 1947, Charly Gaul in 1958 and Jan Janssen in 1968) have won the Tour de France with only two yellow jerseys in their career.

Fabian Cancellara is, as of 2015 with twenty nine days in yellow, the rider with the most yellow jerseys ever for someone who has not won the Tour. The four active Tour de France winners Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Bradley Wiggins, and Alberto Contador rank 5th, 21st, 34th, and 53rd with forty-four, nineteen, fourteen and eleven days in yellow respectively.

Until the results of Lance Armstrong were annulled for cheating late 2012, he was ranked second in this list, leading the Tour for 83 stages from 1999 to 2005.

Rank Name Country Yellow
Jerseys
Tour Wins
Jersey yellow.svg
Points
Jersey green.svg
KoM
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider
Jersey white.svg
Years
1 Eddy Merckx  Belgium 96 5 3 2 0 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975
2 Bernard Hinault  France 75 5 1 1 0 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
3 Miguel Indurain  Spain 60 5 0 0 0 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
4 Jacques Anquetil  France 50 5 0 0 0 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
5 Chris Froome  United Kingdom 44 3 0 1 0 2013, 2015, 2016
6 Antonin Magne  France 38 2 0 0 0 1931, 1934
= 7 Nicolas Frantz[n 1]  Luxembourg 37 2 0 0 0 1927, 1928, 1929
= 7 Philippe Thys[n 2]  Belgium 37 3 0 0 0 1913, 1914, 1920
9 André Leducq[n 1]  France 35 2 0 0 0 1929, 1930, 1932, 1938
= 10 Louison Bobet  France 34 3 0 1 0 1948, 1953, 1954, 1955
= 10 Ottavio Bottecchia  Italy 34 2 0 0 0 1923, 1924, 1925
12 Fabian Cancellara   Switzerland 29 0 0 0 0 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
= 13 Sylvère Maes  Belgium 26 2 0 1 0 1936, 1937, 1939
= 13 René Vietto  France 26 0 0 1 0 1939, 1947
15 François Faber  Luxembourg 25 1 0 0 0 1909, 1910, 1911
= 16 Laurent Fignon  France 22 2 0 0 1 1983, 1984, 1989
= 16 Greg LeMond  United States 22 3 0 0 1 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991
= 16 Joop Zoetemelk  Netherlands 22 1 0 0 0 1971, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980
19 Romain Maes  Belgium 21 1 0 0 0 1935
= 20 Gino Bartali  Italy 20 2 0 2 0 1937, 1938, 1948, 1949
= 20 Thomas Voeckler  France 20 0 0 1 0 2004, 2011
= 21 Fausto Coppi  Italy 19 2 0 2 0 1949, 1952
= 21 Vincenzo Nibali  Italy 19 1 0 0 0 2014
= 22 Felice Gimondi  Italy 18 1 0 0 0 1965
= 22 Jan Ullrich  Germany 18 1 0 0 3 1997, 1998
= 24 Rudi Altig  Germany 17 0 1 0 0 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969
= 24 Luis Ocaña  Spain 17 1 0 0 0 1971, 1973
= 24 Lucien Petit-Breton  France 17 2 0 0 0 1907, 1908
= 24 Roger Pingeon  France 17 1 0 0 0 1967
= 28 André Darrigade  France 16 0 2 0 0 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962
= 28 Odile Defraye  Belgium 16 1 0 0 0 1912, 1913
= 28 Maurice De Waele  Belgium 16 1 0 0 0 1929
= 28 Bernard Thévenet  France 16 2 0 0 0 1975, 1977
= 32 Pedro Delgado[n 3]  Spain 15 1 0 0 0 1987, 1988
= 32 Dietrich Thurau  Germany 15 0 0 0 1 1977
= 35 Maurice Archambaud  France 14 0 0 0 0 1933, 1936
= 35 Steve Bauer  Canada 14 0 0 0 0 1988, 1990
= 35 Gastone Nencini  Italy 14 1 0 1 0 1960
= 35 Bjarne Riis  Denmark 14 1 0 0 0 1995, 1996
= 35 Léon Scieur  Belgium 14 1 0 0 0 1921
= 35 Bradley Wiggins  United Kingdom 14 1 0 0 0 2012
= 41 Eugène Christophe  France 13 0 0 0 0 1919, 1922
= 41 Gustave Garrigou  France 13 1 0 0 0 1911
= 41 René Pottier  France 13 1 0 0 0 1905, 1906
= 41 Andy Schleck[n 4]  Luxembourg 13 1 0 0 3 2010, 2011
= 41 Georges Speicher  France 13 1 0 0 0 1933, 1934
= 46 Vincent Barteau  France 12 0 0 0 0 1984
= 46 Joseph Bruyère  Belgium 12 0 0 0 0 1974, 1978
= 46 Lucien Van Impe  Belgium 12 1 0 6 0 1976
= 46 Ferdinand Kübler   Switzerland 12 1 1 0 0 1947, 1950
= 46 Antonin Rolland  France 12 0 0 0 0 1955
= 46 Louis Trousselier  France 12 1 0 0 0 1905, 1907
= 46 Wout Wagtmans  Netherlands 12 0 0 0 0 1954, 1955, 1956
= 53 Alberto Contador  Spain 11 2 0 0 1 2007, 2009
= 53 Gilbert Desmet  Belgium 11 0 0 0 0 1956, 1963
= 53 Hugo Koblet   Switzerland 11 1 0 0 0 1951
= 53 Georges Vandenberghe  Belgium 11 0 0 0 0 1968
= 57 Kim Andersen  Denmark 10 0 0 0 0 1983, 1985
= 57 Thor Hushovd  Norway 10 0 2 0 0 2004, 2006, 2011
= 57 Pascal Lino  France 10 0 0 0 0 1992
= 60 Phil Anderson  Australia 9 0 0 0 1 1981, 1982
= 60 Georges Groussard  France 9 0 0 0 0 1964
= 60 Freddy Maertens  Belgium 9 0 2 0 0 1976
= 60 Fiorenzo Magni  Italy 9 0 0 0 0 1949, 1950, 1952
= 60 Stuart O'Grady  Australia 9 0 0 0 0 1998, 2001
= 60 Henri Pélissier  France 9 1 0 0 0 1919, 1923
= 60 Michael Rasmussen  Denmark 9 0 0 2 0 2007
= 67 Lucien Buysse  Belgium 8 1 0 0 0 1926
= 67 Claudio Chiappucci  Italy 8 0 0 2 0 1990
= 67 Cadel Evans  Australia 8 1 0 0 0 2008, 2010, 2011
= 67 Emile Georget  France 8 0 0 0 0 1906, 1907
= 67 Gerrie Knetemann  Netherlands 8 0 0 0 0 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
= 67 Rinaldo Nocentini  Italy 8 0 0 0 0 2009
= 67 Rudy Pevenage  Belgium 8 0 1 0 0 1980
= 67 Roger Walkowiak  France 8 1 0 0 0 1956
= 75 Jan Adriaensens  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1956, 1960
= 75 Federico Bahamontes  Spain 7 1 0 6 0 1959, 1963
= 75 Bernard Gauthier  France 7 0 0 0 0 1950
= 75 Igor González de Galdeano  Spain 7 0 0 0 0 2002
= 75 Learco Guerra  Italy 7 0 0 0 0 1930
= 75 Erich Maechler   Switzerland 7 0 0 0 0 1987
= 75 Thierry Marie  France 7 0 0 0 0 1986, 1990, 1991
= 75 Charly Mottet  France 7 0 0 0 0 1987
= 75 Marco Pantani  Italy 7 1 0 0 2 1998
= 75 Óscar Pereiro[n 5]  Spain 7 1 0 0 0 2006
= 75 Jef Planckaert  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1962
= 75 Pascal Simon  France 7 0 0 0 0 1983
= 75 Gustaaf van Slembrouck  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1926
= 88 Lucien Aimar  France 6 1 0 0 0 1966
= 88 Chris Boardman  United Kingdom 6 0 0 0 0 1994, 1997, 1998
= 88 Robert Cazala  France 6 0 0 0 0 1959
= 88 Mario Cipollini  Italy 6 0 0 0 0 1993, 1997
= 88 Vito Favero  Italy 6 0 0 0 0 1958
= 88 Maurice Garin  France 6 1 0 0 0 1903
= 88 Cyrille Guimard  France 6 0 0 0 0 1972
= 88 Kim Kirchen  Luxembourg 6 0 0 0 0 2008
= 88 Jaan Kirsipuu  Estonia 6 0 0 0 0 1999
= 88 Roger Lévêque  France 6 0 0 0 0 1951
= 88 Jean Majerus  Luxembourg 6 0 0 0 0 1937, 1938
= 88 Jacques Marinelli  France 6 0 0 0 0 1949
= 88 Francesco Moser  Italy 6 0 0 0 1 1975
= 88 Fritz Schaer   Switzerland 6 0 1 0 0 1953
= 88 Herman Van Springel  Belgium 6 0 1 0 0 1968, 1973
= 88 Félicien Vervaecke  Belgium 6 0 0 2 0 1938
= 104 Jean Alavoine  France 5 0 0 0 0 1922
= 104 Adelin Benoit  Belgium 5 0 0 0 0 1925
= 104 Firmin Lambot  Belgium 5 2 0 0 0 1919, 1922
= 104 Jean Malléjac  France 5 0 0 0 0 1953
= 104 Johan Museeuw  Belgium 5 0 0 0 0 1993, 1994
= 104 Jørgen V. Pedersen  Denmark 5 0 0 0 0 1986
= 104 Francis Pélissier  France 5 0 0 0 0 1927
= 104 Carlos Sastre  Spain 5 1 0 0 0 2008
= 104 Bernard Van de Kerkhove  Belgium 5 0 0 0 0 1964, 1965
= 104 Eric Vanderaerden  Belgium 5 0 1 0 0 1983, 1985
= 104 Cédric Vasseur  France 5 0 0 0 0 1997
= 115 Gilbert Bauvin  France 4 0 0 0 0 1951, 1954, 1958
= 115 Tom Boonen  Belgium 4 0 1 0 0 2006
= 115 José Catieau  France 4 0 0 0 0 1973
= 115 Alberto Elli  Italy 4 0 0 0 0 2000
= 115 Wim van Est  Netherlands 4 0 0 0 0 1951, 1955, 1958
= 115 Raphaël Géminiani  France 4 0 0 1 0 1958
= 115 Roger Hassenforder  France 4 0 0 0 0 1953
= 115 Jos Hoevenaers  Belgium 4 0 0 0 0 1958, 1959
= 115 Robert Jacquinot  France 4 0 0 0 0 1922, 1923
= 115 Laurent Jalabert  France 4 0 2 2 0 1995, 2000
= 115 Karl-Heinz Kunde  Germany 4 0 0 0 0 1966
= 115 Roger Lapébie  France 4 1 0 0 0 1937
= 115 Nello Lauredi  France 4 0 0 0 0 1952
= 115 Hector Martin  Belgium 4 0 0 0 0 1927
= 115 Raffaele di Paco[n 6]  Italy 4 0 0 0 0 1931
= 115 Eddy Pauwels  Belgium 4 0 0 0 0 1959, 1963
= 115 Jean Rossius[n 2]  Belgium 4 0 0 0 0 1914
= 115 Acácio da Silva  Portugal 4 0 0 0 0 1989
= 115 Rolf Sørensen  Denmark 4 0 0 0 0 1991
= 115 Gerrit Voorting  Netherlands 4 0 0 0 0 1956, 1958
= 115 Italo Zilioli  Italy 4 0 0 0 0 1970
= 115 Alex Zülle   Switzerland 4 0 0 0 0 1992, 1996
= 115 Erich Bautz  Germany 3 0 0 0 0 1937
= 138 Henri Cornet  France 3 1 0 0 0 1904
= 138 Bim Diederich  Luxembourg 3 0 0 0 0 1951
= 138 Aimé Dossche  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1929
= 138 Seamus Elliott  Ireland 3 0 0 0 0 1963
= 138 Jean Goldschmit  Luxembourg 3 0 0 0 0 1950
= 138 Stéphane Heulot  France 3 0 0 0 0 1996
= 138 Serhiy Honchar  Ukraine 3 0 0 0 0 2006
= 138 Roger Lambrecht  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1948, 1949
= 138 Floyd Landis  United States 3 0 0 0 0 2006
= 138 Octave Lapize  France 3 1 0 0 0 1910
= 138 Bradley McGee  Australia 3 0 0 0 0 2003
= 138 David Millar  United Kingdom 3 0 0 0 0 2000
= 138 Wilfried Nelissen  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1993
= 138 Jelle Nijdam  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1987, 1988
= 138 Charles Pélissier[n 6]  France 3 0 0 0 0 1930, 1931
= 138 Víctor Hugo Peña  Colombia 3 0 0 0 0 2003
= 138 René Privat  France 3 0 0 0 0 1957
= 138 Jan Raas[n 7]  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1978
= 138 Stephen Roche  Ireland 3 1 0 0 0 1987
= 138 Peter Sagan  Slovakia 3 0 5 0 0 2016
= 138 Willy Schroeders  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1962
= 138 François Simon  France 3 0 0 0 0 2001
= 138 Julien Stevens  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1969
= 138 Greg Van Avermaet  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 2016
= 138 Michel Vermeulin  France 3 0 0 0 0 1959
= 138 Teun van Vliet  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1988
= 138 David Zabriskie  United States 3 0 0 0 0 2005
= 163 Henry Anglade  France 2 0 0 0 0 1960
= 163 Jan Bakelants  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 163 Romain Bellenger  France 2 0 0 0 0 1923
= 163 Rubens Bertogliati   Switzerland 2 0 0 0 0 2002
= 163 Eugeni Berzin  Russia 2 0 0 0 0 1996
= 163 Pierre Brambilla  Italy 2 0 0 1 0 1947
= 163 Jules Buysse  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1926
= 163 Marcel Buysse  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1913
= 163 Sylvain Chavanel  France 2 0 0 0 0 2010
= 163 Charles Crupelandt  France 2 0 0 0 0 1910, 1912
= 163 Raymond Delisle  France 2 0 0 0 0 1976
= 163 Laurent Desbiens  France 2 0 0 0 0 1998
= 163 Jacky Durand  France 2 0 0 0 0 1995
= 163 Victor Fontan[n 1]  France 2 0 0 0 0 1929
= 163 Jean Fontenay  France 2 0 0 0 0 1939
= 163 Jean Forestier  France 2 0 1 0 0 1957
= 163 Charly Gaul  Luxembourg 2 1 0 2 0 1958
= 163 Martial Gayant  France 2 0 0 0 0 1987
= 163 Albertus Geldermans  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1962
= 163 Simon Gerrans  Australia 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 163 Ivan Gotti  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1995
= 163 Charly Grosskost  France 2 0 0 0 0 1968
= 163 Jacques Hanegraaf  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1984
= 163 Daryl Impey  South Africa 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 163 Jan Janssen  Netherlands 2 1 3 0 0 1966, 1968
= 163 Gerben Karstens  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1974
= 163 Marcel Kittel  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2013, 2014
= 163 Georges Lemaire  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1933
= 163 Tony Martin  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2015
= 163 Jules Masselis  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1911, 1913
= 163 Christophe Moreau  France 2 0 0 0 0 2001
= 163 Louis Mottiat  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1920, 1921
= 163 Georges Passerieu  France 2 0 0 0 0 1908
= 163 Ludo Peeters  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1982, 1984
= 163 Ronan Pensec  France 2 0 0 0 0 1990
= 163 Lech Piasecki  Poland 2 0 0 0 0 1987
= 163 Jean Robic  France 2 1 0 0 0 1947, 1953
= 163 Aldo Ronconi  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1947
= 163 Fränk Schleck  Luxembourg 2 0 0 0 0 2008
= 163 Edward Sels  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1964
= 163 Rik van Steenbergen  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1952
= 163 Klaus-Peter Thaler  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 1978
= 163 Alejandro Valverde  Spain 2 0 0 0 0 2008
= 163 Flavio Vanzella  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1994
= 163 Johan van der Velde  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 1 1986
= 163 Richard Virenque  France 2 0 0 7 0 1992, 2003
= 163 Jens Voigt  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2001, 2005
= 163 Rolf Wolfshohl  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 1968
= 163 Erik Zabel  Germany 2 0 6 0 0 1998, 2002
= 210 Jean Aerts  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1932
= 210 Nicolas Barone  France 1 0 0 0 0 1957
= 210 François Beaugendre  France 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 210 Jean-François Bernard  France 1 0 0 0 0 1987
= 210 Jean-René Bernaudeau  France 1 0 0 0 1 1979
= 210 Yvon Bertin  France 1 0 0 0 0 1980
= 210 Serafino Biagioni  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1951
= 210 Guido Bontempi  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1988[n 8]
= 210 Vicenzo Borgarello  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1912
= 210 Jacques Bossis  France 1 0 0 0 0 1978
= 210 Erik Breukink  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 1 1989
= 210 Johan Bruyneel  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1995
= 210 Max Bulla  Austria 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 210 Norbert Callens  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1949
= 210 Léon Le Calvez  France 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 210 Andrea Carrea  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1952
= 210 Mark Cavendish  United Kingdom 1 0 1 0 0 2016
= 210 Rohan Dennis  Australia 1 0 0 0 0 2015
= 210 Cyril Dessel  France 1 0 0 0 0 2006
= 210 Ferdinand Le Drogo  France 1 0 0 0 0 1927
= 210 Marcel Dussault  France 1 0 0 0 0 1949
= 210 Paul Egli   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1936
= 210 Jan Engels  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1948
= 210 José María Errandonea  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 210 Romain Feillu  France 1 0 0 0 0 2008
= 210 Amédée Fournier  France 1 0 0 0 0 1939
= 210 Michel Frédérick   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 210 Dominique Gaigne  France 1 0 0 0 0 1986
= 210 Tony Gallopin  France 1 0 0 0 0 2014
= 210 Jean-Louis Gauthier  France 1 0 0 0 0 1983
= 210 Jean-Pierre Genet  France 1 0 0 0 0 1968
= 210 Linus Gerdemann  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 2007
= 210 Philippe Gilbert  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 2011
= 210 Joseph Groussard  France 1 0 0 0 0 1960
= 210 Bo Hamburger  Denmark 1 0 0 0 0 1998
= 210 Cyrille van Hauwaert  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1909
= 210 Alfred Haemerlinck  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 210 Hector Heusghem  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1922
= 210 George Hincapie  United States 1 0 0 0 0 2006
= 210 Sean Kelly  Ireland 1 0 4 0 0 1983
= 210 Marcel Kint  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1937
= 210 Jean-Claude Lebaube  France 1 0 0 0 0 1966
= 210 Luc Leblanc  France 1 0 0 0 0 1991
= 210 Désiré Letort  France 1 0 0 0 0 1969
= 210 Rik van Looy  Belgium 1 0 1 0 0 1965
= 210 Emile Lombard  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 210 Henk Lubberding  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 1 1988
= 210 François Mahé  France 1 0 0 0 0 1953
= 210 Robbie McEwen  Australia 1 0 3 0 0 2004
= 210 Arsène Mersch  Luxembourg 1 0 0 0 0 1936
= 210 Giovanni Micheletto  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1913
= 210 Frederic Moncassin  France 1 0 0 0 0 1996
= 210 Jean-Patrick Nazon  France 1 0 0 0 0 2003
= 210 Willy van Neste  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 210 Willi Oberbeck  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 1938
= 210 Miguel Poblet  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1955
= 210 Adri van der Poel  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 0 1984
= 210 Giancarlo Polidori  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 210 Tommaso de Pra  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1966
= 210 Gaston Rebry  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1929
= 210 Raymond Riotte  France 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 210 Giovanni Rossi   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1951
= 210 Gregorio San Miguel  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1968
= 210 Tom Simpson  United Kingdom 1 0 0 0 0 1962
= 210 Jozef Spruyt  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 210 Alex Stieda  Canada 1 0 0 0 0 1986
= 210 Kurt Stöpel  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 1932
= 210 Marc Wauters  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 2001
= 210 Sean Yates  United Kingdom 1 0 0 0 0 1994

Number of wearers per year[edit]

The largest number of different riders wearing the yellow jersey in any year is 8. The smallest is 1.

Number of wearers Years
1 1903, 1924, 1928, 1935, 1999
2 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1925, 1934, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1977, 2005, 2012
3 1907, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1926, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1954, 1965, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1985, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2014
4 1904, 1923, 1927, 1936, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1960, 1969, 1973, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2016
5 1913, 1922, 1938, 1947, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2011, 2013
6 1929, 1931, 1937, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1995, 2008
7 1949, 1951, 1962, 1968, 1978, 1986, 1998, 2006
8 1958, 1987

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c In 1929, Nicolas Frantz (LUX), André Leducq (FRA) and Victor Fontan (FRA) were all three declared leader after the 7th stage.[2]
  2. ^ a b In 1914, Philippe Thys and Jean Rossius were both declared leader for 4 days.[1]
  3. ^ In 1988, on 19 July, there were two stages. Other than the split stages that the Tour de France saw earlier, these two stages were counted as individual stages, so Pedro Delgado received two yellow jerseys on that day.
  4. ^ Before Alberto Contador's 2010 Tour de France victory and days in yellow were officially removed, he wore the yellow jersey for 6 days. After his disqualification, Andy Schleck's total increased with 6 extra days.
  5. ^ Before Floyd Landis' 2006 Tourde France victory and days in yellow were officially removed, he wore the yellow jersey for 5 days. After his disqualification, Óscar Pereiro's total increased with 2 extra days.
  6. ^ a b In 1931, Charles Pélissier (FRA) and Raffaele Di Paco (ITA) were both declared leader after the 5th stage.[3]
  7. ^ Jan Raas won the prologue of the 1978 Tour de France. Because the weather changed dramatically during that prologue, the race was invalidated, and Raas was not awarded a yellow jersey.[6] In cycling statistics lists, including the official database from the Tour de France organisation,[7] the victory is awarded to Jan Raas, so this is also done in the list above.
  8. ^ In 1988, the Tour de France started with a prelude, a 1km time trial in which one cyclist from every team could compete. This prelude was won by Guido Bontempi, who wore the yellow jersey on the first real stage of the 1988 Tour.[4]

Per country[edit]

The yellow jersey has been awarded to 23 different countries since 1903. In the table below, "Jerseys" indicates the number of yellow jerseys that were given to cyclists of each country. "Tour wins" stands for the number of tour wins by cyclists of that country,[8] "Points" for the number of times the points classification was won by cyclist of that country,[9] "KoM" for the number of times the mountains classification in the Tour de France was won by a cyclist of that country,[10] and "Young rider" for the number of times the young rider classification was won by a cyclist of that country.[11] The "Most recent" column shows the cyclist of the country that wore the yellow jersey most recently. The "Different holders" column gives the number of different cyclists of the country that wore the yellow jersey.

Rank Country Yellow
Jerseys
Tour Wins
Jersey yellow.svg
Points
Jersey green.svg
KoM
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider
Jersey white.svg
Most recent cyclist Most recent date Different holders
1  France 709 36 9 20 7 Tony Gallopin 2014, stage 9 94
2  Belgium 426 18 19 11 0 Greg Van Avermaet 2016, stage 7 60
3  Italy 208 10 2 12 5 Vincenzo Nibali 2014, stage 21 28
4  Spain 135 12 1 16 5 Alberto Contador 2009, stage 21 12
5  Luxembourg 96 5 0 2 3 Andy Schleck 2011, stage 19 10
6  Germany 75 1 8 0 4 Tony Martin 2015, stage 6 15
7   Switzerland 74 2 2 1 0 Fabian Cancellara 2015, stage 2 9
8  Netherlands 72 2 4 2 5 Erik Breukink 1989, prologue 16
9  United Kingdom 71 4 1 2 1 Chris Froome 2016, stage 21 7
10  Denmark 43 1 0 2 0 Michael Rasmussen 2007, stage 16 6
11  Australia 33 1 4 0 1 Rohan Dennis 2015, stage 1 7
12  United States 26 3 0 0 3 George Hincapie 2006, stage 1 3
13  Canada 15 0 0 0 0 Steve Bauer 1990, stage 9 2
14  Norway 10 0 2 0 0 Thor Hushovd 2011, stage 8 1
15  Ireland 7 1 4 0 0 Stephen Roche 1987, stage 25 3
16  Estonia 6 0 0 0 0 Jaan Kirsipuu 1999, stage 7 1
17  Portugal 4 0 0 0 0 Acácio da Silva 1989, stage 4 1
= 18  Colombia 3 0 0 5 4 Víctor Hugo Peña 2003, stage 6 1
= 18  Slovakia 3 0 5 0 0 Peter Sagan 2016, stage 4 1
= 18  Ukraine 3 0 0 0 1 Serhiy Honchar 2006, stage 9 1
= 20  Poland 2 0 0 2 0 Lech Piasecki 1987, stage 2 1
= 20  Russia 2 0 0 0 2 Eugeni Berzin 1996, stage 8 1
= 20  South Africa 2 0 0 0 0 Daryl Impey 2013, stage 7 1
= 23  Austria 1 0 0 0 0 Max Bulla 1931, stage 2 1
= 24  Uzbekistan 0 0 3 0 0 0
= 24  Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 0

Yellow jersey retirees[edit]

Fifteen riders have quit the Tour while wearing the yellow jersey.[12]

Year Stage Rider Reason
1927 6 France Francis Pélissier Sickness
1929 10 France Victor Fontan Broken bicycle
1937 16 Belgium Sylvère Maes Collective withdrawal of the Belgian team due to threat of French spectators
1950 11 Italy Fiorenzo Magni Collective withdrawal of the two Italian teams due to threat of French spectators
1951 13 Netherlands Wim Van Est After a fall in a ravine in Aubisque
1965 9 Belgium Bernard Van De Kerkhove Withdrawal in the climb of Aubisque (sunstroke)
1971 14 Spain Luis Ocaña Fall during a storm in Col de Mente
1978 16 Belgium Michel Pollentier Expelled for fraud attempt in doping test
1980 12 France Bernard Hinault Knee pain
1983 17 France Pascal Simon Scapula fracture
1991 5 Denmark Rolf Sørensen Clavicle fracture after fall in the last kilometer
1996 7 France Stéphane Heulot Knee tendinitis
1998 2 United Kingdom Chris Boardman Head and neck injury after a severe crash
2007 16 Denmark Michael Rasmussen Fired by his team due to lying about his whereabouts
2015 7 Germany Tony Martin Broken collarbone in stage 6 crash[13]

Yellow jersey winners without winning any stage[edit]

Greg LeMond in the final stage of the 1990 Tour de France, wearing the yellow jersey despite not winning any stage in that year.

Usually the winner of the Tour de France also wins a stage, but that is not necessary. It is possible to be the winner of the Tour de France without winning a stage, because the Tour de France is decided by the total raced time. This has happened six times so far:[14]

  1.  Firmin Lambot (BEL) 1922
  2.  Roger Walkowiak (FRA) 1956
  3.  Gastone Nencini (ITA) 1960
  4.  Lucien Aimar (FRA) 1966
  5.  Greg LeMond (USA) 1990
  6.  Óscar Pereiro (ESP) 2006

Of these six cyclists, Walkowiak is the only one never to win a Tour stage at all.[15] (Firmin Lambot won stages in the 1913, 1914, 1919, 1920 and 1921 Tours),[16] Gastone Nencini won stages in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 Tours,[17] Aimar won a stage in the 1967 Tour,[18] LeMond won stages in the 1985, 1986 and 1989 Tours,[19] Pereiro won a stage in the 2005 Tour.[20] Alberto Contador initially also belonged to this group, when he won the 2010 Tour de France; however he was later stripped of this title.

Number of Tour winners in a single race[edit]

Every Tour de France only has one winner. But a cyclist that has won the Tour de France previously can enter the race again, and a cyclist not winning the race can win the race in a later year. In almost every Tour de France, there were multiple 'former or future' Tour de France-winners in the race. Only seven times, the Tour started without any former Tour de France winner. This happened in 1903, 1927, 1947, 1956, 1966, 1999 and 2006. Only in 1903, apart from the cyclist that won the race, was there no other former or future Tour de France winner.

In 1914, a record of seven former Tour de France winners started that year's Tour:[21]

  1.  Louis Trousselier (FRA) (1905 winner)
  2.  Lucien Petit-Breton (FRA) (1907 and 1908 winner)
  3.  François Faber (LUX) (1909 winner)
  4.  Octave Lapize (FRA) (1910 winner)
  5.  Gustave Garrigou (FRA) (1911 winner)
  6.  Odile Defraye (BEL) (1912 winner)
  7.  Philippe Thys (BEL) (1913 winner, who would also win the 1914 Tour de France)

In addition to these seven cyclists, four cyclists in that year's Tour would go on to win a Tour later:

  1.  Firmin Lambot (BEL) (1919 and 1922 winner)
  2.  Léon Scieur (BEL) (1921 winner)
  3.  Henri Pélissier (FRA) (1923 winner)
  4.  Lucien Buysse (BEL) (1926 winner)

Winning Tour de France on first occasion[edit]

Eleven cyclists won the final yellow jersey of the Tour de France (and therefore the overall classification) the first time they entered the competition.

Finishing Tour de France career with victory[edit]

Five cyclists won the Tour de France the last time they entered the competition:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tour de France 1914" (in German). www.radsport-seite.de. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour De France. Dog Ear Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 1-59858-180-5. Retrieved 2008-03-17. Frantz, André Leducq and Victor Fontan, who were in that winning stage 17 break, were exactly tied in time. Today the judges would go back to the time trial and look at the fractions-of-a-second differences. If that doesn't resolve the tie, then a look at placings solves the problem. The Tour didn't have rules to take care of ties, so 3 Yellow Jerseys were awarded. 
  3. ^ a b McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour De France. Dog Ear Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 1-59858-180-5. Retrieved 2008-03-17. Leading up to the Pyrenees, Italy's ace sprinter Rafaelo di Paco dueled with France's Charles Pélissier for stage wins and the lead. After stage 5 they shared the lead for a single day. 
  4. ^ a b "75ème Tour de France 1988 – Prélude" (in French). www.memoire-du-cyclisme.net. Archived from the original on 26 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Historical Results – Tour de France". Cycling Hall of Fame.com. 2002–2007. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  6. ^ Magowan, Robin (1996). Tour de France: The Historic 1978 Event : Commemorative Edition of 75th Anniversary. VeloPress. ISBN 978-1-884737-13-8. 
  7. ^ Tour de France database results for Jan Raas
  8. ^ van der Mark, Tour Xtra: The Yellow Jersey
  9. ^ van der Mark, Tour Xtra: The Green Jersey
  10. ^ van der Mark, Tour Xtra: The Polka Dot Jersey
  11. ^ van der Mark, Tour Xtra: The White Jersey
  12. ^ "Riders that abandoned Tour de France in yellow jersey". www.infostradasports.com. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  13. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/martin-abandons-tour-de-france-due-to-fractured-collarbone
  14. ^ "Few have won yellow without a stage win". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 22 July 2000. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  15. ^ Tour de France database results for Roger Walkowiak
  16. ^ Tour de France database results for Firmin Lambot
  17. ^ Tour de France database results for Gastone Nencini
  18. ^ Tour de France database results for Lucien Aimar
  19. ^ Tour de France database results for Greg Lemond
  20. ^ Tour de France database results for Oscar Pereiro Sio
  21. ^ Tom James (4 April 2001). "Thys in spite of Pélissier". Retrieved 2008-03-17.