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List of Grand Tour general classification winners

Eddy Merckx, who has won the most Grand Tours with 11 victories.

The Grand Tours are the three most prestigious multi-week stage races in professional road bicycle racing.[1] The competitions are the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, contested annually in that order. They are the only stage races permitted to last longer than 14 days.[2] No cyclist has won all three Grand Tours in the same calendar year, but Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Chris Froome have won all three in succession (thus holding all titles at the same time). The only other cyclists to win all three Grand Tours at some point in their career are Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali. [3] Contador is the youngest, at 25 years, to win every Tour.[4] It is rare for cyclists to ride all Grand Tours in the same year; in 2004, for example, 474 cyclists started in one of the Grand Tours, 68 rode two and only two cyclists started all three.[5]

Cyclists are ranked on the basis of their total wins in the three Grand Tours. When there is a tie between cyclists they are listed alphabetically by the Grand Tour they won. The majority of winners have come from Europe, however there have been a few notable victories for cyclists from other continents. Andrew Hampsten, became the first North American to win the Giro, when he won in 1988.[6] Of the three South Americans to win a Grand Tour, two are Colombians Luis Herrera who won the 1987 Vuelta a España and Nairo Quintana, who won the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2016 Vuelta a España.[7][8] Luis Herrera became the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a Grand Tour by winning the 1987 Vuelta a España. In June 2019, Richard Carapaz became Ecuador's first GT victor at the Giro d'Italia.

Eddy Merckx, with 11 victories, has won the most Grand Tours. Bernard Hinault is second with 10 and Jacques Anquetil is third with eight.[3] Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Alfredo Binda have won the most Giros, each winning five during their career. Merckx, Hinault, Anquetil and Miguel Indurain hold the record for the most victories in the Tour, with five each. Roberto Heras holds the record for the most victories in the Vuelta, which he has won four times.[9]

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WinnersEdit

By cyclistEdit

 
Bernard Hinault won 10 Grand Tours during his career.
 
Miguel Indurain, winner of seven Grand Tours
 
Fausto Coppi won five Giros and the Tour de France twice.
 
Alberto Contador, the fifth cyclist to have won all three Grand Tours during his career
 
Alfredo Binda won the Giro d'Italia five times.
 
Tony Rominger, winner of four Grand Tours
 
Ivan Basso, he has won two Giros
 
Stephen Roche, winner of two Grand Tours
 
Jan Ullrich won two Grand Tours.
 
Luis Herrera was the first South American to win a Grand Tour.

Riders in bold are still active. Number of wins in gold indicates the current record holder(s).

Grand Tour general classification winners
Rank Cyclist Country Winning span Giro Tour Vuelta Total
1 Eddy Merckx   Belgium 1968–1974 5 5 1 11
2 Bernard Hinault   France 1978–1985 3 5 2 10
3 Jacques Anquetil   France 1957–1964 2 5 1 8
4 Fausto Coppi   Italy 1940–1953 5 2 0 7
4 Miguel Indurain   Spain 1991–1995 2 5 0 7
4 Alberto Contador   Spain 2007–2015 2 2 3 7
4 Chris Froome   Great Britain 2011–2018 1 4 2 7
8 Gino Bartali   Italy 1936–1948 3 2 0 5
8 Alfredo Binda   Italy 1925–1933 5 0 0 5
8 Felice Gimondi   Italy 1965–1976 3 1 1 5
11 Vincenzo Nibali   Italy 2010–2016 2 1 1 4
11 Tony Rominger   Switzerland 1992–1995 1 0 3 4
11 Roberto Heras   Spain 2000–2005 0 0 4 4
14 Giovanni Brunero   Italy 1921–1926 3 0 0 3
14 Carlo Galetti   Italy 1910–1912 3 0 0 3
14 Fiorenzo Magni   Italy 1948–1951 3 0 0 3
14 Louison Bobet   France 1953–1955 0 3 0 3
14 Greg LeMond   United States 1986–1990 0 3 0 3
14 Philippe Thys   Belgium 1913–1920 0 3 0 3
14 Charly Gaul   Luxembourg 1956–1959 2 1 0 3
14 Laurent Fignon   France 1983–1989 1 2 0 3
14 Pedro Delgado   Spain 1985–1989 0 1 2 3
23 Costante Girardengo   Italy 1919–1923 2 0 0 2
23 Franco Balmamion   Italy 1962–1963 2 0 0 2
23 Ivan Basso   Italy 2006–2010 2 0 0 2
23 Ivan Gotti   Italy 1997–1999 2 0 0 2
23 Paolo Savoldelli   Italy 2002–2005 2 0 0 2
23 Giuseppe Saronni   Italy 1979–1983 2 0 0 2
23 Gilberto Simoni   Italy 2001–2003 2 0 0 2
23 Giovanni Valetti   Italy 1938–1939 2 0 0 2
23 Ottavio Bottecchia   Italy 1924–1925 0 2 0 2
23 Nicolas Frantz   Luxembourg 1927–1928 0 2 0 2
23 Firmin Lambot   Belgium 1919–1922 0 2 0 2
23 André Leducq   France 1930–1932 0 2 0 2
23 Sylvère Maes   Belgium 1936–1939 0 2 0 2
23 Antonin Magne   France 1931–1934 0 2 0 2
23 Lucien Petit-Breton   France 1907–1908 0 2 0 2
23 Bernard Thévenet   France 1975–1977 0 2 0 2
23 Julián Berrendero   Spain 1941–1942 0 0 2 2
23 Gustaaf Deloor   Belgium 1935–1936 0 0 2 2
23 José Manuel Fuente   Spain 1972–1974 0 0 2 2
23 Alex Zülle   Switzerland 1996–1997 0 0 2 2
23 Hugo Koblet   Switzerland 1950–1951 1 1 0 2
23 Gastone Nencini   Italy 1957–1960 1 1 0 2
23 Marco Pantani   Italy 1998 1 1 0 2
23 Stephen Roche   Ireland 1987 1 1 0 2
23 Giovanni Battaglin   Italy 1981 1 0 1 2
23 Denis Menchov   Russia 2007–2009 1 0 1 2
23 Nairo Quintana   Colombia 2014-2016 1 0 1 2
23 Jan Janssen   Netherlands 1967–1968 0 1 1 2
23 Luis Ocaña   Spain 1970–1973 0 1 1 2
23 Roger Pingeon   France 1967–1969 0 1 1 2
23 Jan Ullrich   Germany 1997–1999 0 1 1 2
23 Joop Zoetemelk   Netherlands 1979–1980 0 1 1 2
53 Vittorio Adorni   Italy 1965 1 0 0 1
53 Ercole Baldini   Italy 1958 1 0 0 1
53 Gaetano Belloni   Italy 1920 1 0 0 1
53 Vasco Bergamaschi   Italy 1935 1 0 0 1
53 Fausto Bertoglio   Italy 1975 1 0 0 1
53 Evgeni Berzin   Russia 1994 1 0 0 1
53 Gianni Bugno   Italy 1990 1 0 0 1
53 Alfonso Calzolari   Italy 1914 1 0 0 1
53 Francesco Camusso   Italy 1931 1 0 0 1
53 Richard Carapaz   Ecuador 2019 1 0 0 1
53 Franco Chioccioli   Italy 1991 1 0 0 1
53 Carlo Clerici   Italy 1954 1 0 0 1
53 Damiano Cunego   Italy 2004 1 0 0 1
53 Johan De Muynck   Belgium 1978 1 0 0 1
53 Danilo Di Luca   Italy 2007 1 0 0 1
53 Tom Dumoulin   Netherlands 2017 1 0 0 1
53 Giuseppe Enrici   Italy 1924 1 0 0 1
53 Luigi Ganna   Italy 1909 1 0 0 1
53 Stefano Garzelli   Italy 2000 1 0 0 1
53 Learco Guerra   Italy 1934 1 0 0 1
53 Andrew Hampsten   United States 1988 1 0 0 1
53 Ryder Hesjedal   Canada 2012 1 0 0 1
53 Luigi Marchisio   Italy 1930 1 0 0 1
53 Giovanni Micheletto   Italy 1912 1 0 0 1
53 Francesco Moser   Italy 1984 1 0 0 1
53 Gianni Motta   Italy 1966 1 0 0 1
53 Carlo Oriani   Italy 1913 1 0 0 1
53 Arnaldo Pambianco   Italy 1961 1 0 0 1
53 Eberardo Pavesi   Italy 1912 1 0 0 1
53 Antonio Pesenti   Italy 1932 1 0 0 1
53 Gösta Pettersson   Sweden 1971 1 0 0 1
53 Michel Pollentier   Belgium 1977 1 0 0 1
53 Michele Scarponi   Italy 2011 1 0 0 1
53 Pavel Tonkov   Russia 1996 1 0 0 1
53 Roberto Visentini   Italy 1986 1 0 0 1
53 Lucien Aimar   France 1966 0 1 0 1
53 Federico Bahamontes   Spain 1959 0 1 0 1
53 Lucien Buysse   Belgium 1966 0 1 0 1
53 Henri Cornet   France 1904 0 1 0 1
53 Maurice De Waele   Belgium 1929 0 1 0 1
53 Odile Defraye   Belgium 1912 0 1 0 1
53 Cadel Evans   Australia 2011 0 1 0 1
53 François Faber   Luxembourg 1909 0 1 0 1
53 Maurice Garin   France 1903 0 1 0 1
53 Gustave Garrigou   France 1911 0 1 0 1
53 Ferdinand Kübler   Switzerland 1950 0 1 0 1
53 Octave Lapize   France 1910 0 1 0 1
53 Roger Lapébie   France 1937 0 1 0 1
53 Romain Maes   Belgium 1935 0 1 0 1
53 Óscar Pereiro   Spain 2006 0 1 0 1
53 René Pottier   France 1906 0 1 0 1
53 Henri Pélissier   France 1966 0 1 0 1
53 Bjarne Riis   Denmark 1996 0 1 0 1
53 Jean Robic   France 1947 0 1 0 1
53 Carlos Sastre   Spain 2008 0 1 0 1
53 Andy Schleck   Luxembourg 2010 0 1 0 1
53 Léon Scieur   Belgium 1921 0 1 0 1
53 Georges Speicher   France 1933 0 1 0 1
53 Geraint Thomas   Great Britain 2018 0 1 0 1
53 Louis Trousselier   France 1905 0 1 0 1
53 Lucien Van Impe   Belgium 1976 0 1 0 1
53 Roger Walkowiak   France 1956 0 1 0 1
53 Bradley Wiggins   Great Britain 2012 0 1 0 1
53 Rudi Altig   Germany 1962 0 0 1 1
53 Fabio Aru   Italy 2015 0 0 1 1
53 Ferdinand Bracke   Belgium 1971 0 0 1 1
53 Éric Caritoux   France 1984 0 0 1 1
53 Ángel Casero   Spain 2001 0 0 1 1
53 Juan José Cobo   Spain 2011 0 0 1 1
53 Angelo Conterno   Italy 1956 0 0 1 1
53 Frans De Mulder   Belgium 1960 0 0 1 1
53 Jean Dotto   France 1955 0 0 1 1
53 Francisco Gabica   Spain 1966 0 0 1 1
53 Marco Giovannetti   Italy 1990 0 0 1 1
53 Aitor González   Spain 2002 0 0 1 1
53 Luis Herrera   Colombia 1987 0 0 1 1
53 Chris Horner   United States 2013 0 0 1 1
53 Laurent Jalabert   France 1995 0 0 1 1
53 Sean Kelly   Ireland 1988 0 0 1 1
53 Dalmacio Langarica   Spain 1946 0 0 1 1
53 Marino Lejarreta   Spain 1982 0 0 1 1
53 Jesús Loroño   Spain 1957 0 0 1 1
53 Freddy Maertens   Belgium 1977 0 0 1 1
53 Melcior Mauri   Spain 1991 0 0 1 1
53 Abraham Olano   Spain 1998 0 0 1 1
53 José Pesarrodona   Spain 1976 0 0 1 1
53 Álvaro Pino   Spain 1986 0 0 1 1
53 Raymond Poulidor   France 1964 0 0 1 1
53 Delio Rodríguez   Spain 1945 0 0 1 1
53 Emilio Rodríguez   Spain 1950 0 0 1 1
53 Bernardo Ruiz   Spain 1948 0 0 1 1
53 Faustino Rupérez   Spain 1980 0 0 1 1
53 Angelino Soler   Spain 1961 0 0 1 1
53 Jean Stablinski   France 1958 0 0 1 1
53 Antonio Suárez   Spain 1959 0 0 1 1
53 Agustín Tamames   Spain 1975 0 0 1 1
53 Alejandro Valverde   Spain 2009 0 0 1 1
53 Edward Van Dijck   Belgium 1947 0 0 1 1
53 Alexander Vinokourov   Kazakhstan 2006 0 0 1 1
53 Rolf Wolfshohl   Germany 1965 0 0 1 1
53 Simon Yates   Great Britain 2018 0 0 1 1

By countryEdit

Grand Tour general classification winners by country
Country Giro Tour Vuelta Total
  Italy 69 10 6 85
  France 6 36 9 51
  Spain 4 12 33 49
  Belgium 7 18 7 32
   Switzerland 3 2 5 10
  Great Britain 1 6 3 10
  Luxembourg 2 5 0 7
  United States 1 3 1 5
  Netherlands 1 2 2 5
  Germany 0 1 3 4
  Russia 3 0 1 4
  Colombia 1 0 2 3
  Ireland 1 1 1 3
  Sweden 1 0 0 1
  Canada 1 0 0 1
  Ecuador 1 0 0 1
  Australia 0 1 0 1
  Denmark 0 1 0 1
  Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1

ReferencesEdit

General

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  • Jacques Augendre (2014). Tour de France Guide Historique (PDF). Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  • "Palmares" (in Spanish). Vuelta a España. Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

Specific

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  5. ^ Riche, Antoine (19 March 2005). "Doubler deux Grands Tours revient à la mode". CyclisMag (in French). Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
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  8. ^ "Giro d'Italia 2014: How Nairo Quintana won his first Grand Tour". BBC Sport. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Vuelta a España 2010: overview of the 65th race". The Daily Telegraph. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2011.