Open main menu

Points classification in the Vuelta a España

The points classification in the Vuelta a España is a secondary classification in the Vuelta a España, in which the cyclists are ranked in a points classification based on the finish of each rider every stage.

Green Jersey
Jersey green.svg
SportRoad Cycling
CompetitionVuelta a España
Given forWinner of the points classification
Local nameMaillot verde
History
First award1945
Editions65 (as of 2018)
First winner Delio Rodríguez (ESP)
Most wins Seán Kelly (IRL)
 Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
 Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
(4 wins)
Most recent Alejandro Valverde (ESP)

Contents

HistoryEdit

For the first time, a points classification was calculated in 1945, sponsored by Pirelli. It was calculated as follows:[1]

  • The winner of a stage received 100 points, the second 99, and so on. If cyclists arrived in a group that was given the same time, they all received the same number of points.
  • The first five cyclists in a stage received 12 points for every minute that they arrived ahead of the number six of the stage.
  • For every point scored for the mountains classification, two points were given for this points classification.
  • On intermediate sprints, points could be won: 8 for the winner, 6 for the second, 4 and 2 for the next.

Although the sponsor said that the classification was a great success,[2] it did not return the next edition.

The next time that a points classification was calculated, was in 1955. Then it used the method of adding the stage ranks, in the same way as the points classification in the Tour de France did then; just like in the Tour de France, the leader of the points classification (with the fewest points) wore a green jersey. In 1963, the points system changed such that from now on points were given to the first cyclists to reach the finish, and the cyclist with the most points was the leader.

Seán Kelly, Laurent Jalabert and Alejandro Valverde, with 4 titles each, share the record of victories.

Current systemEdit

Points are awarded according to placement at the finish line and at intermediate points of every stage and the rider with the most points wears the jersey.[3]

Type 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
Stage finish 25 20 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Intermediate sprint 4 3 2

This system unlike the Tour de France & the Giro d'Italia, gives an equal number of points in the mountains compared to the flats, this paired with the high number of summit finishes at the Vuelta means there is a correlation between the overall classification and the points jersey. A good example from 2012 when sprinter John Degenkolb won five stages but only finished fourth in the points competition with Alejandro Valverde well ahead.

Winners of the points classification by yearEdit

Year Winner Points Second place Points Third place Points Ref(s)
1945   Delio Rodríguez (ESP) 2347   João Rebelo (POR) 2021   Julián Berrendero  (ESP) 1967 [2]
1946–1948: No points classification
1949: Race not held
1950: No points classification
1951–1954: Race not held
1955   Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) 128   Gabriel Company Bauza (ESP) 161   Jesús Loroño (ESP) 177 [4]
1956   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) 98   Gilbert Bauvin (FRA) 187   Angelo Conterno (ITA) 231 [5]
1957   Vicente Iturat (ESP) 160   Gastone Nencini (ITA) 173   Federico Bahamontes (ESP) 217 [6]
1958   Salvador Botella (ESP) 202   Rik Luyten (BEL) 264   Hilaire Couvreur (BEL) 265 [7]
1959   Rik Van Looy (BEL) 148   Antonio Suárez (ESP) 179   Frans Van Looveren (BEL) 253 [8]
1960   Arthur Decabooter (BEL) 189   Juan Campillo (ESP) 214   Franz De Mulder (BEL) 239 [9]
1961   Antonio Suárez (ESP) 194   Vicente Iturat (ESP) 199   José Perez Frances (ESP) 201 [10]
1962   Rudi Altig (GER) 143.5   Seamus Elliott (IRE) 256   José Perez Frances (ESP) 281 [11]
1963   Bas Maliepaard (NED) 130   Edgard Sorgeloos (BEL) 105   Frans Aerenhouts (BEL) 102 [12]
1964   José Pérez-Francés (ESP) 167   Arthur De Cabooter (BEL) 107   Raymond Poulidor (FRA) 76 [13]
1965   Rik Van Looy (BEL) 243   Frans Verbeeck (BEL) 195   Michel Grain (FRA) 191 [14]
1966   Jos van der Vleuten (NED) 147
1967   Jan Janssen (NED) 209
1968   Jan Janssen (NED) 142
1969   Raymond Steegmans (BEL) 188   Michael Wright (GBR) 171   Ramón Sáez Marzo (ESP) 118 [15]
1970   Guido Reybrouck (BEL) 199.5
1971   Cyrille Guimard (FRA) 233
1972   Domingo Perurena (ESP) 224
1973   Eddy Merckx (BEL) 215.5
1974   Domingo Perurena (ESP) 210
1975   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 249.5
1976   Dietrich Thurau (GER) 174.5
1977   Freddy Maertens (BEL) 369   Klaus-Peter Thaler (FRG) 173   José Viejo (ESP) 131 [16]
1978   Ferdi Van Den Haute (BEL) 218
1979   Fons De Wolf (BEL) 219
1980   Seán Kelly (IRL) 313
1981   Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP) 211
1982   Stefan Mutter (SUI) 172
1983   Marino Lejarreta (ESP) 188
1984   Guido Van Calster (BEL) 204
1985   Seán Kelly (IRL) 223
1986   Seán Kelly (IRL) 253
1987   Alfonso Gutierrez (ESP) 149
1988   Seán Kelly (IRL) 248
1989   Malcolm Elliott (GBR) 161
1990   Uwe Raab (GDR) 173
1991   Uwe Raab (GER) 169
1992   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) 157
1993   Tony Rominger (SUI) 247
1994   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 243
1995   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 312
1996   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 237   Nicola Minali (ITA) 163   Tom Steels (BEL) 142
1997   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 206   Ján Svorada (CZE) 161   Marcel Wüst (GER) 139
1998   Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 206   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 158   José María Jiménez (ESP) 127
1999   Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) 129   Robert Hunter (RSA) 123   Igor González de Galdeano (ESP) 122
2000   Roberto Heras (ESP) 136   Giovanni Lombardi (ITA) 123   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 116 [17]
2001   José Maria Jiménez (ESP) 130   Erik Zabel (GER) 125   Levi Leipheimer (USA) 115 [18]
2002   Erik Zabel (GER) 188   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 163   Aitor González (ESP) 151 [19]
2003   Erik Zabel (GER) 181   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 161   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 160 [20]
2004   Erik Zabel (GER) 152   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 144   Roberto Heras (ESP) 142 [21]
2005   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 169   Denis Menchov (RUS) 142   Carlos Sastre (ESP) 124 [22]
2006   Thor Hushovd (NOR) 199   Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) 163   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 147 [23]
2007   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 147   Denis Menchov (RUS) 135   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) 127 [24]
2008   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) 158   Alberto Contador (ESP) 137   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 129 [25]
2009   André Greipel (GER) 150   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 111   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [26]
2010   Mark Cavendish (GBR) 156   Tyler Farrar (USA) 149   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 119 [27]
2011   Bauke Mollema (NED) 122   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 115   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [28]
2012   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 199   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 193   Alberto Contador (ESP) 161
2013   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 152   Chris Horner (USA) 126   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 125
2014   John Degenkolb (GER) 169   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 146   Alberto Contador (ESP) 145
2015   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 118   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 116   Esteban Chaves (COL) 108
2016   Fabio Felline (ITA) 100   Nairo Quintana (COL) 97   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 93
2017   Chris Froome (GBR) 158   Matteo Trentin (ITA) 156   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 128
2018   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 131   Peter Sagan (SVK) 119   Elia Viviani (ITA) 105

Multiple winnersEdit

Wins Rider Editions
4
  Sean Kelly (IRL) 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988
  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
3
  Erik Zabel (GER) 2002, 2003, 2004
2
  Rik Van Looy (BEL) 1959, 1965
  Jan Janssen (NED) 1967, 1968
  Uwe Raab (GER) 1990, 1991

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "25000 pesetas de la Case Pirelli para la Vuelta Ciclista a España". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 March 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "V Vuelta Ciclista a España Pirelli". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 March 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The Jerseys of the Vuelta a España". inrng.com. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  4. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1955/05/09/pagina-8/638524/pdf.html
  5. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1956/05/14/pagina-8/642412/pdf.html
  6. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1957/05/13/pagina-8/638886/pdf.html
  7. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1958/05/16/pagina-4/650184/pdf.html
  8. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1959/05/11/pagina-9/650648/pdf.html
  9. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1960/05/16/pagina-9/643236/pdf.html
  10. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1961/05/12/pagina-9/645757/pdf.html
  11. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1962/05/14/pagina-9/649750/pdf.html
  12. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1963/05/16/pagina-8/1405582/pdf.html
  13. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1964/05/17/pagina-8/1404766/pdf.html
  14. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1965/05/17/pagina-12/926425/pdf.html
  15. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1969/05/12/pagina-27/952719/pdf.html
  16. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1977/05/16/pagina-37/1419608/pdf.html
  17. ^ "Vuelta a España 2000 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  18. ^ "Vuelta a España 2001 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  19. ^ "Vuelta a España 2002 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  20. ^ "Vuelta a España 2003 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  21. ^ "Vuelta a España 2004 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  22. ^ "Vuelta a España 2005 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  23. ^ "Vuelta a España 2006 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  24. ^ "Vuelta a España 2007 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  25. ^ "Official Web Site Vuelta a España 2009 – History / 2008". LaVuelta.com. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  26. ^ "Vuelta a España 2009 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  27. ^ "Vuelta a España 2010 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  28. ^ "Vuelta a España 2011 – Points classification". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2011.