Tour de France Young Rider Classification Winners, 1975 to Present

By : Mr Mamil
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The Tour de France Young Rider classification is a secondary competition after the General Classification, similar to the Points Classification and Climber’s Classification. It’s often referred to as the white jersey (maillot blanc) or youth classification.

It was first introduced in 1975 and its criteria changed over the years. From 1975 to 1983, it was for riders who had been a professional for three years or lesser. From 1983 to 1986, it was for riders who were competing in their first Tour de France.

From 1987 onwards, the Young Rider classification is for riders aged below 26 on 1 January for the year’s Tour. The rider (aged 26 and below) who has the least cumulative time will wear the white jersey from Stage 2 to 21.

Multiple Young Rider Classification winners

Five riders won more than one Young Rider Classification. Their wins happened in successive years except for Nairo Quintana.

  • Andy Schleck (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Jan Ulrich (1996, 1997, 1998) 
  • Tadej Pogačar (2020, 2021)
  • Nairo Quintana (2013, 2015)
  • Marco Pantani (1994, 1995)

There are seven years where the same rider won both the Young Rider and General Classification. The riders who won both classifications were all very talented, as the average age of the General Classification winner is 28.

  • Tadej Pogačar (2020, 2021)
  • Egan Bernal (2019)
  • Andy Schleck (2010)
  • Alberto Contador (2007)
  • Jan Ulrich (1997)
  • Laurent Fignon (1983)

Most Young Rider Classification wins by nationality

French riders are the most successful in the Young Rider Classification with 8 wins. The last win was by Pierre Latour in 2018.

Only 14 nationalities have won the Climber’s Classification in 47 editions since 1975.

WinsCountryLast winnerYear
8FrancePierre Latour2018
5ColombiaEgan Bernal2019
5ItalyDamiano Cunego2006
5NetherlandsEddy Bouwmans1992
5SpainAlberto Contador2007
4GermanyJan Ullrich1998
3LuxembourgAndy Schleck2010
3United StatesTejay van Garderen2012
2RussiaVladimir Karpets2004
2SloveniaTadej Pogačar2021
2United KingdomSimon Yates2017
1AustraliaPhil Anderson1982
1MexicoRaúl Alcalá1987
1UkraineYaroslav Popovych2006

List of Young Rider Classification winners, 1975 to present

YearWinnerNationality
1975Francesco MoserItaly
1976Enrique Martínez HerediaSpain
1977Dietrich ThurauGermany
1978Henk LubberdingNetherlands
1979Jean-René BernaudeauFrance
1980Johan van der VeldeNetherlands
1981Peter WinnenNetherlands
1982Phil AndersonAustralia
1983Laurent FignonFrance
1984Greg LeMondUnited States
1985Fabio ParraColombia
1986Andrew HampstenUnited States
1987Raúl AlcaláMexico
1988Erik BreukinkNetherlands
1989Fabrice PhilipotFrance
1990Gilles DelionFrance
1991Álvaro Mejía CastrillónColombia
1992Eddy BouwmansNetherlands
1993Antonio MartínSpain
1994Marco PantaniItaly
1995Marco PantaniItaly
1996Jan UllrichGermany
1997Jan UllrichGermany
1998Jan UllrichGermany
1999Benoît SalmonFrance
2000Francisco ManceboSpain
2001Óscar SevillaSpain
2002Ivan BassoItaly
2003Denis MenchovRussia
2004Vladimir KarpetsRussia
2005Yaroslav PopovychUkraine
2006Damiano CunegoItaly
2007Alberto ContadorSpain
2008Andy SchleckLuxembourg
2009Andy SchleckLuxembourg
2010Andy SchleckLuxembourg
2011Pierre RollandFrance
2012Tejay van GarderenUnited States
2013Nairo QuintanaColombia
2014Thibaut PinotFrance
2015Nairo QuintanaColombia
2016Adam YatesUnited Kingdom
2017Simon YatesUnited Kingdom
2018Pierre LatourFrance
2019Egan BernalColombia
2020Tadej PogačarSlovenia
2021Tadej PogačarSlovenia