Combination classification in the Vuelta a España

The combination classification was one of the primary awards in the Vuelta a España cycling stage race. This classification was calculated by adding the numeral ranks of each cyclist in the general, points, and mountains classifications (a rider must have had a score in all classifications possible to qualify for the combination classification), with the lowest cumulative total signifying the leader of this competition.[1][2]

White jersey
Jersey white.svg
SportRoad Cycling
CompetitionVuelta a España
Awarded forWinner combination classification
Local nameJersey Blanco Spain
First award1970
Editions31 (as of 2018)
Final award2018
First winner Guido Reybrouck (BEL)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (3 wins)
Most recent Simon Yates (GBR)

From 2006 to 2018, the leader of the classification wore a white jersey; in 2005 it was a golden-green jersey.

The award strongly favoured top riders in the competition. Since its re-introduction in 2002, it was only won by someone other than the race's overall winner four times: in 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2015. On all four of those occasions, the winning cyclist was placed either second or third in the overall classification.

The combination classification was discontinued in 2019. Now, the white jersey is worn by the best young rider.[3]

The Vuelta was the last major race to feature a combination classification.[4]


Most winsEdit

Rank Cyclist Total Years
1   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 3 2003, 2009, 2012
2   Alberto Contador (ESP) 2 2008, 2014
  Federico Echave (ESP) 2 1990, 1991
  Chris Froome (GBR) 2 2011, 2017
  Roberto Heras (ESP) 2 2002, 2004
  Sean Kelly (IRL) 2 1986, 1988
  Denis Menchov (RUS) 2 2005, 2007


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  2. ^ "A beginner's guide to the Vuelta a España". Yellow Jersey. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Vuelta a Espana introduces young rider jersey in 2019". Cycling News. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Javier Guillén: "Unipublic se opone a la". Ciclismo a Fondo (in Spanish). 16 January 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Vuelta a España Results". UCI. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  6. ^ Windsor, Richard (11 September 2016). "Nairo Quintana wins 2016 Vuelta a España; Nielsen takes final stage sprint". Retrieved 26 June 2022.