Points classification

The points classification is a secondary award category in road bicycle racing. Points are given for high finishes and, in some cases, for winning sprints at certain places along the route, most often called intermediate sprints. The points classification is the top prize for many cycling sprinters and is often known as the sprint classification; however, in some stage races these classifications are based on different criteria.

The points classification is arguably the second most important title and cycling jersey to win at a cycling stage race behind the general classification, which is the winner of the event by overall time.

Points classification winners of the Grand Tours

Career triples

Winning the points classification in each of the three Grand Tours during a cyclist's career is a significant accomplishment. The Tour/Giro/Vuelta triple has been achieved by five riders:[1]

Natural doubles

Winning the points classification in two Grand Tours in a single year is a rare feat.

The Tour/Giro double has been achieved by one rider:

The Giro/Vuelta double has been achieved by one rider:

The Tour/Vuelta double has been achieved by four riders:

Most points jerseys (Grand Tours)

Winners by year

Year  Tour de France (FRA)  Giro d'Italia (ITA)  Vuelta a España (ESP)
2016  Peter Sagan (SVK) (5/5)  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) (2/2)  Fabio Felline (ITA)
2015  Peter Sagan (SVK) (4/5)  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) (1/2)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (3/3)
2014  Peter Sagan (SVK) (3/5)  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)  John Degenkolb (GER)
2013  Peter Sagan (SVK) (2/5)  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (3/3)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (2/3)
2012  Peter Sagan (SVK) (1/5)  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (1/3)
2011  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (2/3)  Michele Scarponi (ITA)  Bauke Mollema (NED)
2010  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) (3/3)  Cadel Evans (AUS)  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (1/3)
2009  Thor Hushovd (NOR) (3/3)  Denis Menchov (RUS)  André Greipel (GER)
2008  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Daniele Bennati (ITA) (2/2)  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
2007  Tom Boonen (BEL) None  Daniele Bennati (ITA) (1/2)
2006  Robbie McEwen (AUS) (3/3)  Paolo Bettini (ITA) (2/2)  Thor Hushovd (NOR) (2/3)
2005  Thor Hushovd (NOR) (1/3)  Paolo Bettini (ITA) (1/2)  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) (2/3)
2004  Robbie McEwen (AUS) (2/3)  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) (1/3)  Erik Zabel (GER) (9/9)
2003  Baden Cooke (AUS)  Gilberto Simoni (ITA)  Erik Zabel (GER) (8/9)
2002  Robbie McEwen (AUS) (1/3)  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (3/3)  Erik Zabel (GER) (7/9)
2001  Erik Zabel (GER) (6/9)  Massimo Strazzer (ITA)  José Maria Jiménez (ESP)
2000  Erik Zabel (GER) (5/9)  Dmitri Konyshev (RUS)  Roberto Heras (ESP)
1999  Erik Zabel (GER) (4/9)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (7/7)  Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL)
1998  Erik Zabel (GER) (3/9)  Mariano Piccoli (ITA)  Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) (2/2)
1997  Erik Zabel (GER) (2/9)  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (2/3)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (6/7)
1996  Erik Zabel (GER) (1/9)  Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) (1/2)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (5/7)
1995  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (3/7)  Tony Rominger (SUI) (2/2)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (4/7)
1994  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (5/5)  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (4/5)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (2/7)
1993  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (3/5)  Adriano Baffi (ITA)  Tony Rominger (SUI) (1/2)
1992  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (1/7)  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (1/3)  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (2/5)
1991  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (1/5)  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)  Uwe Raab (GER) (2/2)
1990  Olaf Ludwig (GER)  Gianni Bugno (ITA)  Uwe Raab (GER) (1/2)
1989  Sean Kelly (IRL) (8/8)  Giovanni Fidanza (ITA)  Malcolm Elliott (GBR)
1988  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)  Johan van der Velde (NED) (3/3)  Sean Kelly (IRL) (7/8)
1987  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)  Johan van der Velde (NED) (2/3)  Alfonso Gutierrez (ESP)
1986  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL)  Guido Bontempi (ITA)  Sean Kelly (IRL) (6/8)
1985  Sean Kelly (IRL) (4/8)  Johan van der Velde (NED) (1/3)  Sean Kelly (IRL) (5/8)
1984  Frank Hoste (BEL)  Urs Freuler (SUI)  Guido Van Calster (BEL)
1983  Sean Kelly (IRL) (3/8)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (4/4)  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
1982  Sean Kelly (IRL) (2/8)  Francesco Moser (ITA) (4/4)  Steffan Mutter (SUI)
1981  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (4/4)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (3/4)  Javier Cedena (ESP)
1980  Rudy Pevenage (BEL)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (2/4)  Sean Kelly (IRL) (1/8)
1979  Bernard Hinault (FRA)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (1/4)  Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
1978  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (3/4)  Francesco Moser (ITA) (3/4)  Ferdi Van Den Haute (BEL)
1977  Jacques Esclassan (FRA)  Francesco Moser (ITA) (2/4)  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (2/4)
1976  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (1/4)  Francesco Moser (ITA) (1/4)  Dietrich Thurau (GER)
1975  Rik Van Linden (BEL)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (3/3)  Miguel Maria Lasa (ESP)
1974  Patrick Sercu (BEL)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (2/3)  Domingo Perurena (ESP) (2/2)
1973  Herman Van Springel (BEL)  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (6/6)  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (5/6)
1972  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (4/6)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (1/3)  Domingo Perurena (ESP) (1/2)
1971  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (3/6)  Marino Basso (ITA)  Cyrille Guimard (FRA)
1970  Walter Godefroot (BEL)  Franco Bitossi (ITA) (3/3)  Guido Reybrouck (BEL)
1969  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (2/6)  Franco Bitossi (ITA) (2/3)  Raymond Steegmans (BEL)
1968  Franco Bitossi (ITA) (1/3)  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (1/6)  Jan Janssen (NED) (5/5)
1967  Jan Janssen (NED) (4/5)  Dino Zandegù (ITA)  Jan Janssen (NED) (3/5)
1966  Willy Planckaert (BEL)  Gianni Motta (ITA)  Jos van der Vleuten (NED)
1965  Jan Janssen (NED) (2/5) Introduced in 1966  Rik Van Looy (BEL) (3/3)
1964  Jan Janssen (NED) (1/5)  José Pérez-Francés (ESP)
1963  Rik Van Looy (BEL) (2/3)  Bas Maliepaard (NED)
1962  Rudi Altig (FRG) (1/2)  Rudi Altig (GER) (2/2)
1961  André Darrigade (FRA) (2/2)  Antonio Suarez (ESP)
1960  Jean Graczyk (FRA) (2/2)  Arthur De Cabooer (BEL)
1959  André Darrigade (FRA) (1/2)  Rik Van Looy (BEL) (1/3)
1958  Jean Graczyk (FRA) (1/2)  Salvador Botella (ITA)
1957  Jean Forestier (FRA)  Vicente Iturat (ESP)
1956  Stan Ockers (BEL) (2/2)  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
1955  Stan Ockers (BEL) (1/2)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
1954  Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) Introduced in 1955
1953  Fritz Schär (SUI)
1952 Introduced in 1953

See also


  1. "Results Grand Tours". Cycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. "Erik Zabel admits to 'doping for many years' and resigns from PCC". Press Association. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
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