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 2,121 stages, up to and including the 2017 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 2017 a total of 2,124 yellow jerseys have been awarded in the Tour de France to 285 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

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 2016 with twenty nine days in yellow, the rider with the most yellow jerseys ever for someone who has not won the Tour. The two active Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali rank, as of 2017, 4th and 21st, with fifty-nine and nineteen days in yellow respectively. Alberto Contador was stripped of the yellow jersey and 6 days of wearing it in 2010 Tour de France because he tested positive for doping. 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.

Key
Cyclists who are still active
Cyclists who won the Tour de France
Rank Name Country Yellow
jerseys
Tour wins
Jersey yellow.svg
Points
Jersey green.svg
Mountains
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 Chris Froome  United Kingdom 59 4 0 1 0 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
5 Jacques Anquetil  France 50 5 0 0 0 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
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
= 22 Fausto Coppi  Italy 19 2 0 2 0 1949, 1952
= 22 André Darrigade  France 19 0 2 0 0 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962
= 22 Vincenzo Nibali  Italy 19 1 0 0 0 2014
= 25 Felice Gimondi  Italy 18 1 0 0 0 1965
= 25 Jan Ullrich  Germany 18 1 0 0 3 1997, 1998
= 27 Rudi Altig  Germany 17 0 1 0 0 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969
= 27 Luis Ocaña  Spain 17 1 0 0 0 1971, 1973
= 27 Lucien Petit-Breton  France 17 2 0 0 0 1907, 1908
= 27 Roger Pingeon  France 17 1 0 0 0 1967
= 31 Odile Defraye  Belgium 16 1 0 0 0 1912, 1913
= 31 Maurice De Waele  Belgium 16 1 0 0 0 1929
= 31 Bernard Thévenet  France 16 2 0 0 0 1975, 1977
= 34 Pedro Delgado[n 3]  Spain 15 1 0 0 0 1987, 1988
= 34 Dietrich Thurau  Germany 15 0 0 0 1 1977
= 36 Maurice Archambaud  France 14 0 0 0 0 1933, 1936
= 36 Steve Bauer  Canada 14 0 0 0 0 1988, 1990
= 36 Gastone Nencini  Italy 14 1 0 1 0 1960
= 36 Bjarne Riis  Denmark 14 1 0 0 0 1995, 1996
= 36 Léon Scieur  Belgium 14 1 0 0 0 1921
= 36 Bradley Wiggins  United Kingdom 14 1 0 0 0 2012
= 42 Eugène Christophe  France 13 0 0 0 0 1919, 1922
= 42 Gustave Garrigou  France 13 1 0 0 0 1911
= 42 René Pottier  France 13 1 0 0 0 1905, 1906
= 42 Andy Schleck[n 4]  Luxembourg 13 1 0 0 3 2010, 2011
= 42 Georges Speicher  France 13 1 0 0 0 1933, 1934
= 47 Vincent Barteau  France 12 0 0 0 0 1984
= 47 Joseph Bruyère  Belgium 12 0 0 0 0 1974, 1978
= 47 Lucien Van Impe  Belgium 12 1 0 6 0 1976
= 47 Ferdinand Kübler   Switzerland 12 1 1 0 0 1947, 1950
= 47 Antonin Rolland  France 12 0 0 0 0 1955
= 47 Louis Trousselier  France 12 1 0 0 0 1905, 1907
= 47 Wout Wagtmans  Netherlands 12 0 0 0 0 1954, 1955, 1956
= 54 Alberto Contador  Spain 11 2 0 0 1 2007, 2009
= 54 Gilbert Desmet  Belgium 11 0 0 0 0 1956, 1963
= 54 Hugo Koblet   Switzerland 11 1 0 0 0 1951
= 54 Greg Van Avermaet  Belgium 11 0 0 0 0 2016, 2018
= 54 Georges Vandenberghe  Belgium 11 0 0 0 0 1968
= 58 Kim Andersen  Denmark 10 0 0 0 0 1983, 1985
= 58 Thor Hushovd  Norway 10 0 2 0 0 2004, 2006, 2011
= 58 Pascal Lino  France 10 0 0 0 0 1992
= 61 Phil Anderson  Australia 9 0 0 0 1 1981, 1982
= 61 Georges Groussard  France 9 0 0 0 0 1964
= 61 Freddy Maertens  Belgium 9 0 2 0 0 1976
= 61 Fiorenzo Magni  Italy 9 0 0 0 0 1949, 1950, 1952
= 61 Stuart O'Grady  Australia 9 0 0 0 0 1998, 2001
= 61 Henri Pélissier  France 9 1 0 0 0 1919, 1923
= 61 Michael Rasmussen  Denmark 9 0 0 2 0 2007
= 68 Lucien Buysse  Belgium 8 1 0 0 0 1926
= 68 Claudio Chiappucci  Italy 8 0 0 2 0 1990
= 68 Cadel Evans  Australia 8 1 0 0 0 2008, 2010, 2011
= 68 Emile Georget  France 8 0 0 0 0 1906, 1907
= 68 Gerrie Knetemann  Netherlands 8 0 0 0 0 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
= 68 Rinaldo Nocentini  Italy 8 0 0 0 0 2009
= 68 Rudy Pevenage  Belgium 8 0 1 0 0 1980
= 68 Roger Walkowiak  France 8 1 0 0 0 1956
= 76 Jan Adriaensens  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1956, 1960
= 76 Federico Bahamontes  Spain 7 1 0 6 0 1959, 1963
= 76 Bernard Gauthier  France 7 0 0 0 0 1950
= 76 Igor González de Galdeano  Spain 7 0 0 0 0 2002
= 76 Learco Guerra  Italy 7 0 0 0 0 1930
= 76 Erich Maechler   Switzerland 7 0 0 0 0 1987
= 76 Thierry Marie  France 7 0 0 0 0 1986, 1990, 1991
= 76 Charly Mottet  France 7 0 0 0 0 1987
= 76 Marco Pantani  Italy 7 1 0 0 2 1998
= 76 Óscar Pereiro[n 5]  Spain 7 1 0 0 0 2006
= 76 Jef Planckaert  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1962
= 76 Pascal Simon  France 7 0 0 0 0 1983
= 76 Geraint Thomas  United Kingdom 7 0 0 0 0 2017, 2018
= 76 Gustaaf van Slembrouck  Belgium 7 0 0 0 0 1926
= 89 Lucien Aimar  France 6 1 0 0 0 1966
= 89 Chris Boardman  United Kingdom 6 0 0 0 0 1994, 1997, 1998
= 89 Robert Cazala  France 6 0 0 0 0 1959
= 89 Mario Cipollini  Italy 6 0 0 0 0 1993, 1997
= 89 Vito Favero  Italy 6 0 0 0 0 1958
= 89 Maurice Garin  France 6 1 0 0 0 1903
= 89 Cyrille Guimard  France 6 0 0 0 0 1972
= 89 Kim Kirchen  Luxembourg 6 0 0 0 0 2008
= 89 Jaan Kirsipuu  Estonia 6 0 0 0 0 1999
= 89 Roger Lévêque  France 6 0 0 0 0 1951
= 89 Jean Majerus  Luxembourg 6 0 0 0 0 1937, 1938
= 89 Jacques Marinelli  France 6 0 0 0 0 1949
= 89 Francesco Moser  Italy 6 0 0 0 1 1975
= 89 Fritz Schaer   Switzerland 6 0 1 0 0 1953
= 89 Herman Van Springel  Belgium 6 0 1 0 0 1968, 1973
= 89 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 1 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 Peter Sagan  Slovakia 4 0 5 0 0 2016, 2018
= 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
= 139 Henri Cornet  France 3 1 0 0 0 1904
= 139 Bim Diederich  Luxembourg 3 0 0 0 0 1951
= 139 Aimé Dossche  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1929
= 139 Seamus Elliott  Ireland 3 0 0 0 0 1963
= 139 Jean Goldschmit  Luxembourg 3 0 0 0 0 1950
= 139 Stéphane Heulot  France 3 0 0 0 0 1996
= 139 Serhiy Honchar  Ukraine 3 0 0 0 0 2006
= 139 Roger Lambrecht  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1948, 1949
= 139 Floyd Landis  United States 3 0 0 0 0 2006
= 139 Octave Lapize  France 3 1 0 0 0 1910
= 139 Bradley McGee  Australia 3 0 0 0 0 2003
= 139 David Millar  United Kingdom 3 0 0 0 0 2000
= 139 Wilfried Nelissen  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1993
= 139 Jelle Nijdam  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1987, 1988
= 139 Charles Pélissier[n 6]  France 3 0 0 0 0 1930, 1931
= 139 Víctor Hugo Peña  Colombia 3 0 0 0 0 2003
= 139 René Privat  France 3 0 0 0 0 1957
= 139 Jan Raas[n 7]  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1978
= 139 Stephen Roche  Ireland 3 1 0 0 0 1987
= 139 Willy Schroeders  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1962
= 139 François Simon  France 3 0 0 0 0 2001
= 139 Julien Stevens  Belgium 3 0 0 0 0 1969
= 139 Michel Vermeulin  France 3 0 0 0 0 1959
= 139 Teun van Vliet  Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1988
= 139 David Zabriskie  United States 3 0 0 0 0 2005
= 163 Henry Anglade  France 2 0 0 0 0 1960
= 166 Fabio Aru  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 2017
= 166 Jan Bakelants  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 166 Romain Bellenger  France 2 0 0 0 0 1923
= 166 Rubens Bertogliati   Switzerland 2 0 0 0 0 2002
= 166 Eugeni Berzin  Russia 2 0 0 0 0 1996
= 166 Pierre Brambilla  Italy 2 0 0 1 0 1947
= 166 Jules Buysse  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1926
= 166 Marcel Buysse  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1913
= 166 Sylvain Chavanel  France 2 0 0 0 0 2010
= 166 Charles Crupelandt  France 2 0 0 0 0 1910, 1912
= 166 Raymond Delisle  France 2 0 0 0 0 1976
= 166 Laurent Desbiens  France 2 0 0 0 0 1998
= 166 Jacky Durand  France 2 0 0 0 0 1995
= 166 Victor Fontan[n 1]  France 2 0 0 0 0 1929
= 166 Jean Fontenay  France 2 0 0 0 0 1939
= 166 Jean Forestier  France 2 0 1 0 0 1957
= 166 Charly Gaul  Luxembourg 2 1 0 2 0 1958
= 166 Martial Gayant  France 2 0 0 0 0 1987
= 166 Albertus Geldermans  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1962
= 166 Simon Gerrans  Australia 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 166 Ivan Gotti  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1995
= 166 Charly Grosskost  France 2 0 0 0 0 1968
= 166 Jacques Hanegraaf  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1984
= 166 Daryl Impey  South Africa 2 0 0 0 0 2013
= 166 Jan Janssen  Netherlands 2 1 3 0 0 1966, 1968
= 166 Gerben Karstens  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 0 1974
= 166 Marcel Kittel  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2013, 2014
= 166 Georges Lemaire  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1933
= 166 Tony Martin  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2015
= 166 Jules Masselis  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1911, 1913
= 166 Christophe Moreau  France 2 0 0 0 0 2001
= 166 Louis Mottiat  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1920, 1921
= 166 Georges Passerieu  France 2 0 0 0 0 1908
= 166 Ludo Peeters  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1982, 1984
= 166 Ronan Pensec  France 2 0 0 0 0 1990
= 166 Lech Piasecki  Poland 2 0 0 0 0 1987
= 166 Jean Robic  France 2 1 0 0 0 1947, 1953
= 166 Aldo Ronconi  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1947
= 166 Fränk Schleck  Luxembourg 2 0 0 0 0 2008
= 166 Edward Sels  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1964
= 166 Rik Van Steenbergen  Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 1952
= 166 Klaus-Peter Thaler  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 1978
= 166 Alejandro Valverde  Spain 2 0 0 0 0 2008
= 166 Flavio Vanzella  Italy 2 0 0 0 0 1994
= 166 Johan van der Velde  Netherlands 2 0 0 0 1 1986
= 166 Richard Virenque  France 2 0 0 7 0 1992, 2003
= 166 Jens Voigt  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2001, 2005
= 166 Rolf Wolfshohl  Germany 2 0 0 0 0 1968
= 166 Erik Zabel  Germany 2 0 6 0 0 1998, 2002
= 217 Jean Aerts  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1932
= 217 Nicolas Barone  France 1 0 0 0 0 1957
= 217 François Beaugendre  France 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 217 Jean-François Bernard  France 1 0 0 0 0 1987
= 217 Jean-René Bernaudeau  France 1 0 0 0 1 1979
= 217 Yvon Bertin  France 1 0 0 0 0 1980
= 217 Serafino Biagioni  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1951
= 217 Guido Bontempi  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1988[n 8]
= 217 Vicenzo Borgarello  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1912
= 217 Jacques Bossis  France 1 0 0 0 0 1978
= 217 Erik Breukink  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 1 1989
= 217 Johan Bruyneel  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1995
= 217 Max Bulla  Austria 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 217 Norbert Callens  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1949
= 217 Léon Le Calvez  France 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 217 Andrea Carrea  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1952
= 217 Mark Cavendish  United Kingdom 1 0 1 0 0 2016
= 217 Rohan Dennis  Australia 1 0 0 0 0 2015
= 217 Cyril Dessel  France 1 0 0 0 0 2006
= 217 Ferdinand Le Drogo  France 1 0 0 0 0 1927
= 217 Marcel Dussault  France 1 0 0 0 0 1949
= 217 Paul Egli   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1936
= 217 Jan Engels  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1948
= 217 José María Errandonea  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 217 Romain Feillu  France 1 0 0 0 0 2008
= 217 Amédée Fournier  France 1 0 0 0 0 1939
= 217 Michel Frédérick   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 217 Dominique Gaigne  France 1 0 0 0 0 1986
= 217 Tony Gallopin  France 1 0 0 0 0 2014
= 217 Jean-Louis Gauthier  France 1 0 0 0 0 1983
= 217 Fernando Gaviria  Colombia 1 0 0 0 0 2018
= 217 Jean-Pierre Genet  France 1 0 0 0 0 1968
= 217 Linus Gerdemann  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 2007
= 217 Philippe Gilbert  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 2011
= 217 Joseph Groussard  France 1 0 0 0 0 1960
= 217 Bo Hamburger  Denmark 1 0 0 0 0 1998
= 217 Cyrille van Hauwaert  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1909
= 217 Alfred Haemerlinck  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1931
= 217 Hector Heusghem  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1922
= 217 George Hincapie  United States 1 0 0 0 0 2006
= 217 Sean Kelly  Ireland 1 0 4 0 0 1983
= 217 Marcel Kint  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1937
= 217 Jean-Claude Lebaube  France 1 0 0 0 0 1966
= 217 Luc Leblanc  France 1 0 0 0 0 1991
= 217 Désiré Letort  France 1 0 0 0 0 1969
= 217 Rik Van Looy  Belgium 1 0 1 0 0 1965
= 217 Emile Lombard  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1904
= 217 Henk Lubberding  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 1 1988
= 217 François Mahé  France 1 0 0 0 0 1953
= 217 Robbie McEwen  Australia 1 0 3 0 0 2004
= 217 Arsène Mersch  Luxembourg 1 0 0 0 0 1936
= 217 Giovanni Micheletto  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1913
= 217 Frederic Moncassin  France 1 0 0 0 0 1996
= 217 Jean-Patrick Nazon  France 1 0 0 0 0 2003
= 217 Willy van Neste  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 217 Willi Oberbeck  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 1938
= 217 Miguel Poblet  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1955
= 217 Adri van der Poel  Netherlands 1 0 0 0 0 1984
= 217 Giancarlo Polidori  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 217 Tommaso de Pra  Italy 1 0 0 0 0 1966
= 217 Gaston Rebry  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1929
= 217 Raymond Riotte  France 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 217 Giovanni Rossi   Switzerland 1 0 0 0 0 1951
= 217 Gregorio San Miguel  Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1968
= 217 Tom Simpson  United Kingdom 1 0 0 0 0 1962
= 217 Jozef Spruyt  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1967
= 217 Alex Stieda  Canada 1 0 0 0 0 1986
= 217 Kurt Stöpel  Germany 1 0 0 0 0 1932
= 217 Marc Wauters  Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 2001
= 217 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, 2017
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 Tour de 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
Mountains
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider
Jersey white.svg
Most recent cyclist Most recent Different holders
1  France 709 36 9 21 7 Tony Gallopin 2014, stage 9 94
2  Belgium 434 18 19 11 0 Greg Van Avermaet 2018, stage 10 60
3  Italy 210 10 2 12 5 Fabio Aru 2017, stage 13 29
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  Great Britain 93 5 1 2 2 Geraint Thomas 2018, stage 13 8
7  Germany 75 1 8 0 4 Tony Martin 2015, stage 6 15
8   Switzerland 74 2 2 1 0 Fabian Cancellara 2015, stage 2 9
9  Netherlands 72 2 4 2 5 Erik Breukink 1989, prologue 17
10  Denmark 43 1 0 2 0 Michael Rasmussen 2007, stage 16 6
11  Australia 33 1 5 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  Colombia 4 0 0 5 4 Fernando Gaviria 2018, stage 1 2
= 17  Portugal 4 0 0 0 0 Acácio da Silva 1989, stage 4 1
= 17  Slovakia 4 0 5 0 0 Peter Sagan 2018, stage 2 1
20  Ukraine 3 0 0 0 1 Serhiy Honchar 2006, stage 9 1
= 21  Poland 2 0 0 2 0 Lech Piasecki 1987, stage 2 1
= 21  Russia 2 0 0 0 2 Eugeni Berzin 1996, stage 8 1
= 21  South Africa 2 0 0 0 0 Daryl Impey 2013, stage 7 1
24  Austria 1 0 0 0 0 Max Bulla 1931, stage 2 1
= 25  Uzbekistan 0 0 3 0 0 0
= 25  Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 0

Yellow jersey retirees[edit]

Sixteen 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 4 Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Broken vertebrae in stage 3 crash
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 seven 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
  7.  Christopher Froome (GBR) 2017

Of these seven 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] and Froome won stages in the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Tours. 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 general 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:

Fausto Coppi is the only cyclist who won the Tour de France in both the first and the last Tour he entered.

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. 

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