Vuelta Espana Points Classification Winners

By : Mr Mamil
Updated :

The Points Classification is a secondary competition in the Vuelta Espana after the General Classification. It started in 1945. It wasn’t contested between 1946 to 1954.

The Points Classification leader wears the green jersey (Maillot verde) from Stage 2 onwards. The rider who amassed the highest point at the end of the last stage will be crowned the Points Classification winner.

At each stage, points are awarded for the top 15 finishers, ranging from 25 (first placing) to 1 (15 placing). Points are also awarded for the first three riders of intermediate sprints.

Stage finish positionPoints
125
220
316
414
512
610
79
88
97
106
115
124
133
142
151
Points for top 15 stage finishers
Intermediate sprint positionPoints
14
23
32
Points for intermediate sprints

King of Mountains Classification winners

The Points Classification favors riders who show the most consistency daily throughout the race. 

Three riders have won the Points Classification four times. 

  • Sean Kelly – 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988
  • Laurent Jalabert – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Alejandro Valverde – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018

As of 2022, Alejandro Valverde is still an active rider with Movistar Team, aged 42.

WinsRiderCountryYears
4Sean KellyIreland1980, 1985, 1986, 1988
4Laurent JalabertFrance1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
4Alejandro ValverdeSpain2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
3Erik ZabelGermany2002, 2003, 2004
2Rik Van LooyBelgium1959, 1965
2Jan JanssenNetherlands1967, 1968
2Uwe RaabGermany1990, 1991
2Primož RogličSlovenia2019, 2020

Points Classification winners

53 different riders have won the Points Classification in 75 editions between 1945 and 2022.

YearRiderCountryPoints
1945Delio RodríguezSpain2347
1946No points classification
1947No points classification
1948No points classification
1949Race not held
1950No points classification
1951Race not held
1952Race not held
1953Race not held
1954Race not held
1955Fiorenzo MagniItaly128
1956Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium98
1957Vicente IturatSpain160
1958Salvador BotellaSpain202
1959Rik Van LooyBelgium148
1960Arthur DecabooterBelgium189
1961Antonio SuárezSpain194
1962Rudi AltigGermany143.5
1963Bas MaliepaardNetherlands130
1964José Pérez-FrancésSpain167
1965Rik Van LooyBelgium243
1966Jos van der VleutenNetherlands147
1967Jan JanssenNetherlands209
1968Jan JanssenNetherlands142
1969Raymond SteegmansBelgium188
1970Guido ReybrouckBelgium199.5
1971Cyrille GuimardFrance233
1972Domingo PerurenaSpain224
1973Eddy MerckxBelgium215.5
1974Domingo PerurenaSpain210
1975Miguel María LasaSpain249.5
1976Dietrich ThurauGermany174.5
1977Freddy MaertensBelgium369
1978Ferdi Van Den HauteBelgium218
1979Fons De WolfBelgium219
1980Seán KellyIreland313
1981Francisco Javier CedenaSpain211
1982Stefan MutterSwitzerland172
1983Marino LejarretaSpain188
1984Guido Van CalsterBelgium204
1985Seán KellyIreland223
1986Seán KellyIreland253
1987Alfonso GutierrezSpain149
1988Seán KellyIreland248
1989Malcolm ElliottGreat Britain161
1990Uwe RaabGermany173
1991Uwe RaabGermany169
1992Djamolidine AbdoujaparovUzbekistan157
1993Tony RomingerSwitzerland247
1994Laurent JalabertFrance243
1995Laurent JalabertFrance312
1996Laurent JalabertFrance237
1997Laurent JalabertFrance206
1998Fabrizio GuidiItaly206
1999Frank VandenbrouckeBelgium129
2000Roberto HerasSpain136
2001José Maria JiménezSpain130
2002Erik ZabelBelgium188
2003Erik ZabelBelgium181
2004Erik ZabelBelgium152
2005Alessandro PetacchiItaly169
2006Thor HushovdNorway199
2007Daniele BennatiItaly147
2008Greg Van AvermaetBelgium158
2009André GreipelGermany150
2010Mark CavendishGreat Britain156
2011Bauke MollemaNetherlands122
2012Alejandro ValverdeSpain199
2013Alejandro ValverdeSpain152
2014John DegenkolbGermany169
2015Alejandro ValverdeSpain118
2016Fabio FellineItaly100
2017Chris FroomeGreat Britain158
2018Alejandro ValverdeSpain131
2019Primož RogličSlovenia155
2020Primož RogličSlovenia204
2021Fabio JakobsenNetherlands250

King of Mountains Classification winners by country

CountryWins
Spain50
France9
Colombia7
Italy3
Australia2
Switzerland2
Belgium1
Netherlands1
Russia1