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
Awarded forWinner of the points classification
Local nameMaillot verde
History
First award1945
Editions68 (as of 2021)
First winner Delio Rodríguez (ESP)
Most wins Seán Kelly (IRL)
 Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
 Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
(4 wins each)
Most recent Mads Pedersen (DEN)

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.

System in use up to 2020Edit

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

The Vuelta used to award an equal number of points on all stages for stage finishes.[3] Except for time trials, stages also had one or more intermediate sprints offering points. This system 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.

Current systemEdit

In 2021, the Vuelta switched to a system that awarded more points for finishes of flat stages.[4] This is more in keeping with how the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia point classifications work.

All stages, other than time trial stages, have just one intermediate sprint.

Type 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
Stage finish (Flat stage) 50 30 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Stage finish (Medium Mountain stage) 30 25 22 19 17 15 13 11 9 7 6 5 4 3 2
Stage finish (Hard Mountain stage and Time Trials) 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Intermediate sprint 20 17 15 13 10

Rules[5]

Winners of the points classification by yearEdit

 
Joaquim Rodríguez (right) wearing the classification leader's jersey at the 2011 Vuelta a España
 
Eventual classification winner Alejandro Valverde in the green jersey at the 2013 Vuelta a España
 
Matteo Trentin in the green jersey at the 2017 Vuelta a España
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 [6]
1956   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) 98   Gilbert Bauvin (FRA) 187   Angelo Conterno (ITA) 231 [7]
1957   Vicente Iturat (ESP) 160   Gastone Nencini (ITA) 173   Federico Bahamontes (ESP) 217 [8]
1958   Salvador Botella (ESP) 202   Rik Luyten (BEL) 264   Hilaire Couvreur (BEL) 265 [9]
1959   Rik Van Looy (BEL) 148   Antonio Suárez (ESP) 179   Frans Van Looveren (BEL) 253 [10]
1960   Arthur Decabooter (BEL) 189   Juan Campillo (ESP) 214   Frans De Mulder (BEL) 239 [11]
1961   Antonio Suárez (ESP) 194   Vicente Iturat (ESP) 199   José Pérez Francés (ESP) 201 [12]
1962   Rudi Altig (FRG) 143.5   Seamus Elliott (IRE) 256   José Pérez Francés (ESP) 281 [13]
1963   Bas Maliepaard (NED) 130   Edgard Sorgeloos (BEL) 105   Frans Aerenhouts (BEL) 102 [14]
1964   José Pérez Francés (ESP) 167   Arthur Decabooter (BEL) 107   Raymond Poulidor (FRA) 76 [15]
1965   Rik Van Looy (BEL) 243   Frans Verbeeck (BEL) 195   Michel Grain (FRA) 191 [16]
1966   Jos van der Vleuten (NED) 147   Gerben Karstens (NED) 142   Pasquale Fabbri (ITA) 105 [17]
1967   Jan Janssen (NED) 209   Gerben Karstens (NED) 171   Ramón Sáez Marzo (ESP) 159 [18]
1968   Jan Janssen (NED) 142   Rudi Altig (FRG) 125   Michael Wright (GBR) 122 [19]
1969   Raymond Steegmans (BEL) 188   Michael Wright (GBR) 171   Ramón Sáez Marzo (ESP) 118 [20]
1970   Guido Reybrouck (BEL) 199.5   Jean Ronsmans (BEL) 197   Ramón Sáez Marzo (ESP) 172 [21]
1971   Cyrille Guimard (FRA) 233   Miguel María Lasa (ESP)   Walter Godefroot (BEL) [22]
1972   Domingo Perurena (ESP) 224   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 126   Ger Harings (NED) 114 [23]
1973   Eddy Merckx (BEL) 215.5   Roger Swerts (BEL) 162   Pieter Nassen (BEL) 154 [24]
1974   Domingo Perurena (ESP) 210   Eric Leman (BEL) 186   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 159 [25]
1975   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 249.5   Agustín Tamames (ESP) 188   Domingo Perurena (ESP) 160 [26]
1976   Dietrich Thurau (FRG) 174.5   Francisco Elorriaga (ESP) 174   Cees Priem (NED) 171 [27]
1977   Freddy Maertens (BEL) 369   Klaus-Peter Thaler (FRG) 173   José Viejo (ESP) 131 [28]
1978   Ferdi Van Den Haute (BEL) 218   Willy Teirlinck (BEL) 157   Bernard Hinault (FRA) 130 [29]
1979   Fons De Wolf (BEL) 219   Noël Dejonckheere (BEL) 173   Joop Zoetemelk (NED) 139 [30]
1980   Seán Kelly (IRL) 313   Guido Van Calster (BEL) 144   Jos Lammertink (NED) 116 [31]
1981   Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP) 211   Jesús Suárez Cueva (ESP) 137   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) 134 [32]
1982   Stefan Mutter (SUI) 172   José Luis Laguía (ESP) 133   Eddy Vanhaerens (BEL) 128 [33]
1983   Marino Lejarreta (ESP) 188   Bernard Hinault (FRA) 162   Laurent Fignon (FRA) 149 [34]
1984   Guido Van Calster (BEL) 204   Noël Dejonckheere (BEL) 168   Jozef Lieckens (BEL) 138 [35]
1985   Seán Kelly (IRL) 223   Pello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP) 132   Francisco Rodríguez Maldonado (COL) 100 [36]
1986   Seán Kelly (IRL) 253   Pello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP) 197   Álvaro Pino (ESP) 129 [37]
1987   Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP) 149   Luis Herrera (COL) 104   Jesús Blanco Villar (ESP) 104 [38]
1988   Seán Kelly (IRL) 248   Mathieu Hermans (NED) 166   Benny Van Brabant (BEL) 138 [39]
1989   Malcolm Elliott (GBR) 161   Mathieu Hermans (NED) 139   Eddy Planckaert (BEL) 139 [40]
1990   Uwe Raab (GDR) 173   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 96   Malcolm Elliott (GBR) 91 [41]
1991   Uwe Raab (GER) 169   Melcior Mauri (ESP) 134   Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) 116 [42]
1992   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) 157   Tony Rominger (SUI) 137   Jelle Nijdam (NED) 129 [43]
1993   Tony Rominger (SUI) 247   Alex Zülle (SUI) 188   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 170 [44]
1994   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 243   Tony Rominger (SUI) 227   Alex Zülle (SUI) 121 [45]
1995   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 312   Abraham Olano (ESP) 195   Marcel Wüst (GER) 178 [46]
1996   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 237   Nicola Minali (ITA) 163   Tom Steels (BEL) 142 [47]
1997   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 206   Ján Svorada (CZE) 161   Marcel Wüst (GER) 139 [48]
1998   Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 206   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 158   José María Jiménez (ESP) 127 [49]
1999   Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) 129   Robert Hunter (RSA) 123   Igor González de Galdeano (ESP) 122 [50]
2000   Roberto Heras (ESP) 136   Giovanni Lombardi (ITA) 123   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 116 [51]
2001   José María Jiménez (ESP) 130   Erik Zabel (GER) 125   Levi Leipheimer (USA) 115 [52]
2002   Erik Zabel (GER) 188   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 163   Aitor González (ESP) 151 [53]
2003   Erik Zabel (GER) 181   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 161   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 160 [54]
2004   Erik Zabel (GER) 152   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 144   Roberto Heras (ESP) 142 [55]
2005   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) 169   Denis Menchov (RUS) 142   Carlos Sastre (ESP) 124 [56]
2006   Thor Hushovd (NOR) 199   Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) 163   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 147 [57]
2007   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 147   Denis Menchov (RUS) 135   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) 127 [58]
2008   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) 158   Alberto Contador (ESP) 137   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 129 [59]
2009   André Greipel (GER) 150   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 111   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [60]
2010   Mark Cavendish (GBR) 156   Tyler Farrar (USA) 149   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 119 [61]
2011   Bauke Mollema (NED) 122   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) 115   Daniele Bennati (ITA) 101 [62]
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
2019   Primož Roglič (SLO) 155   Tadej Pogačar (SLO) 136   Sam Bennett (IRL) 134
2020   Primož Roglič (SLO) 204   Richard Carapaz (ECU) 133   Dan Martin (IRL) 111
2021   Fabio Jakobsen (NED) 250   Primož Roglič (SLO) 199   Magnus Cort (DEN) 161
2022   Mads Pedersen (DEN) 409   Fred Wright (GBR) 186   Enric Mas (ESP) 138

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
  Primož Roglič (SLO) 2019, 2020

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