Combativity award in the Tour de France

The combativity award is a prize given in the Tour de France for the most combative rider overall during the race. Historically, it favored constant attackers as it was based on the distance spent in a breakaway, included winning checkpoints and outright stage wins. Today, the winner is chosen by a jury.[1] Besides the overall winner, the jury also awards a combativity award to the most aggressive rider at the end of each stage, with this rider allowed to wear a red bib the following race day.

Combativity award
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SportRoad bicycle racing
CompetitionTour de France
Awarded forMost aggressive rider
Local nameLe Prix de la combativité  (French)
First award1952
Editions69 known (as of 2021)
First winner Wout Wagtmans (NED)
Most wins Eddy Merckx (BEL)
4 times
Most recent Franck Bonnamour (FRA)

The 1981 Tour de France marked the last time the winner of the general classification also won the combativity award.


Since 1952,[2] after every stage the most combative cyclist was given an award, and an overall competition was recorded.[3] At the end of the 1956 Tour de France, André Darrigade was named the most attacking cyclist.[4] At this point, the award was given the same importance as the award for the cyclist with the most bad luck, Picot in 1956.

In 1961, the award was not given to an individual cyclist, but to an entire team, the regional team West-South-West.

The system of the award has changed over the years. Historically, riders accumulated points, and the cyclist with the most points at the end of the Tour was declared the winner.[5] The cyclist did not have to finish the race, for example in 1971 Luis Ocaña crashed out while wearing the Yellow Jersey on the Col de Mente in stage 14 and in 1972 Cyrille Guimard was wearing the Green Jersey and in 2nd place overall when he withdrew, but both were still given the combativity award.

In 1979, the combativity award was initially given to Joop Zoetemelk;[6] he was later disqualified and Hennie Kuiper received the award.

In a system that was implemented in 2003, a jury of eight specialists in cycling selected the most combative cyclist of each stage (excluding time trials), with the classification for most distance in breakaway groups only part of the decision.[7]

There is no jersey for the most combative rider of the previous stage, but he can be recognized by the race number worn on his back: it consists of a white number on a red background instead of the usual black on white (since 1998).[7][8]

At the end of the Tour de France, a "super-combativity award" is given to the most combative cyclist of the race. As of 2017, the total prize money for the super-combativity award winner is €20,000.[9]


Overall super-combativity award winners since 1953.[10]

Year Country Rider Team
1953[11]   Netherlands Wout Wagtmans Netherlands
1954[12]   France Lucien Lazaridès (victory shared with François Mahé) France South-East
1954[12]   France François Mahé (victory shared with Lucien Lazaridès) France West
1955[13]   Luxembourg Charly Gaul Luxembourg/Mixed
1956   France André Darrigade France
1957   France Nicolas Barone France Île-de-France
1958   Spain Federico Bahamontes Spain
1959   France Gérard Saint France West South-West
1960   France Jean Graczyk France
1961   France Team award France West South-West
1962   Belgium Eddy Pauwels Wiel's–Groene Leeuw
1963   Belgium Rik Van Looy G.B.C.–Gramaglia
1964   France Henry Anglade Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune
1965   Italy Felice Gimondi Salvarani
1966   West Germany Rudi Altig Molteni
1967   France Désiré Letort France
1968   France Roger Pingeon France A
1969   Belgium Eddy Merckx Faema
1970   Belgium Eddy Merckx Faemino–Faema
1971   Spain Luis Ocaña Bic
1972   France Cyrille Guimard Gan–Mercier–Hutchinson
1973   Spain Luis Ocaña Bic
1974   Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni
1975   Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni–RYC
1976   France Raymond Delisle Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1977   Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1978   Belgium Paul Wellens TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1979   Netherlands Hennie Kuiper TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1980   France Christian Levavasseur Miko–Mercier–Vivagel
1981   France Bernard Hinault Renault–Elf–Gitane
1982   France Régis Clère COOP–Mercier–Mavic
1983    Switzerland Serge Demierre Cilo–Aufina
1984   France Bernard Hinault La Vie Claire
1985   Netherlands Maarten Ducrot Lotto
1986   France Bernard Hinault La Vie Claire
1987   France Régis Clère Teka
1988   France Jérôme Simon Z–Peugeot
1989   France Laurent Fignon Super U–Raleigh–Fiat
1990   Spain Eduardo Chozas ONCE
1991   Italy Claudio Chiappucci Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1992   Italy Claudio Chiappucci Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
1993   Italy Massimo Ghirotto ZG Mobili
1994   Italy Eros Poli Mercatone Uno–Medeghini
1995   Colombia Hernán Buenahora Kelme–Sureña
1996   France Richard Virenque Festina–Lotus
1997   France Richard Virenque Festina–Lotus
1998   France Jacky Durand Casino–Ag2r
1999   France Jacky Durand Lotto–Mobistar
2000   Netherlands Erik Dekker Rabobank
2001   France Laurent Jalabert CSC–Tiscali
2002   France Laurent Jalabert CSC–Tiscali
2003   Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Team Telekom
2004   France Richard Virenque Quick-Step–Davitamon
2005   Spain Óscar Pereiro Phonak
2006   Spain David de la Fuente Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007   Spain Amets Txurruka Euskaltel–Euskadi
2008   France Sylvain Chavanel Cofidis
2009   Italy Franco Pellizotti[n 1] Liquigas
2010[citation needed]   France Sylvain Chavanel Quick-Step
2011[citation needed]   France Jérémy Roy FDJ
2012   Denmark Chris Anker Sørensen Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
2013   France Christophe Riblon Ag2r–La Mondiale
2014[citation needed]   Italy Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale
2015   France Romain Bardet AG2R La Mondiale
2016   Slovakia Peter Sagan Tinkoff
2017   France Warren Barguil Team Sunweb
2018   Ireland Dan Martin UAE Team Emirates
2019   France Julian Alaphilippe Deceuninck–Quick-Step
2020    Switzerland Marc Hirschi Team Sunweb
2021   France Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels p/b KTM


  1. ^ In March 2011, Franco Pellizotti's results were removed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found his biological passport indicated irregular values. The classification standings were not altered.[14]


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