Young rider classification in the Tour de France

The young rider classification is a secondary competition in the Tour de France, that started in 1975. Excluding the years 1989 to 1999, the leader of the young rider classification wears a white jersey (French: maillot blanc). The requirements to be eligible for the young rider classification have changed over the years but have always been such that experienced cyclists were not eligible, sometimes by excluding cyclists over a certain age, cyclists who had entered the Tour de France before, or cyclists who had been professional for more than two years. In the most recent years, only cyclists who will remain below 26 in the year the race is held are eligible.

White jersey
Wout van Aert Reims 95554.jpg
Wout van Aert wearing the white jersey at the 2019 Tour de France
SportRoad bicycle racing
CompetitionTour de France
Awarded forBest young rider
Local nameMaillot blanc (French)
First award1975
Editions48 (as of 2022)
First winner Francesco Moser (ITA)
Most wins Jan Ullrich (GER)
 Andy Schleck (LUX)
 Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
3 wins each
Most recent Tadej Pogačar (SLO)

In the Tour de France Femmes, the white jersey is awarded to the highest placed rider in the general classification under the age of 23.[1]


From 1968 to 1975, there was a white jersey awarded in the Tour de France to the lead rider in the combination classification (best rider in the overall, points and climbing competitions). In 1975, this classification was removed, and replaced by the young rider classification. Any neo-professional (less than three years professional) competed in this classification, which was calculated using the rankings for the general classification.[2] The leader in the young rider classification wore a white jersey.

The rules for the young rider classification changed in 1983, when the competition was only open for first-time competitors, but in 1987 it became open for all cyclists less than 26 years of age at 1 January of the year following that tour.[3] From 1989-1999, the white jersey was no longer awarded, although the competition was still calculated. Since 2000, the white jersey has again been awarded, open for all cyclists less than 26 years of age at 1 January of the year following that Tour. In 1997, the name of the competition officially changed to 'Souvenir Fabio Casartelli'.[4]


The optical retail chain Krys has sponsored the white jersey since 2015.[5] The jersey was previously sponsored by Czech car manufacturer Škoda from 2004-2014.


Since the young rider classification was introduced in 1975, it has been won by 40 different cyclists. On seven occasions a cyclist has won the young rider classification and the general classification — Laurent Fignon in 1983, Jan Ullrich in 1997, Alberto Contador in 2007, Andy Schleck in 2010, Egan Bernal in 2019 and Tadej Pogačar in 2020 and 2021. The only cyclists to win the young rider classification and the mountains classification in the same year are Nairo Quintana in 2013 and Pogačar in 2020 and 2021. The only cyclists to win the young rider classification in multiple Tours are Marco Pantani (two wins), Ullrich (three wins — also finishing first or second in the general classification on all three of these occasions), Schleck (three wins),[6] Quintana (two wins — also finishing second in the general classification both years), and Pogačar (three wins). Quintana is the only rider to win the classification in non-consecutive years.

Year Rider Team GC
1975   Francesco Moser (ITA) Filotex 7
1976   Enrique Martínez Heredia (ESP) Kas–Campagnolo 23
1977   Dietrich Thurau (FRG) TI–Raleigh 5
1978   Henk Lubberding (NED) TI–Raleigh–McGregor 8
1979   Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA) Renault–Gitane 5
1980   Johan van der Velde (NED) TI–Raleigh–Creda 12
1981   Peter Winnen (NED) Capri Sonne–Koga Miyata 5
1982   Phil Anderson (AUS) Peugeot–Shell–Michelin 5
1983   Laurent Fignon (FRA) Renault–Elf 1
1984   Greg LeMond (USA) Renault–Elf 3
1985   Fabio Parra (COL) Varta–Café de Colombia–Mavic 8
1986   Andrew Hampsten (USA) La Vie Claire 4
1987   Raúl Alcalá (MEX) 7-Eleven 9
1988   Erik Breukink (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu 12
1989   Fabrice Philipot (FRA)[7] Toshiba 24
1990   Gilles Delion (FRA) Helvetia–La Suisse 15
1991   Álvaro Mejía (COL) Postobón–Manzana–Ryalcao 19
1992   Eddy Bouwmans (NED) Panasonic–Sportlife 14
1993   Antonio Martín (ESP) Amaya Seguros 12
1994   Marco Pantani (ITA) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni 3
1995   Marco Pantani (ITA) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni 13
1996   Jan Ullrich (GER) Team Telekom 2
1997   Jan Ullrich (GER) Team Telekom 1
1998   Jan Ullrich (GER) Team Telekom 2
1999   Benoît Salmon (FRA) Casino–Ag2r Prévoyance 16
2000   Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Banesto 9
2001   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 7
2002   Ivan Basso (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 11
2003   Denis Menchov (RUS) 11
2004   Vladimir Karpets (RUS) Illes Balears–Banesto 13
2005   Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) Discovery Channel 12
2006   Damiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre–Fondital 12
2007   Alberto Contador (ESP) Discovery Channel 1
2008   Andy Schleck (LUX) CSC–Saxo Bank 12
2009   Andy Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank 2
2010   Andy Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank 1
2011   Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar 10
2012   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 5
2013   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 2
2014   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) 3
2015   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 2
2016   Adam Yates (GBR) Orica–BikeExchange 4
2017   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–Scott 7
2018   Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 13
2019   Egan Bernal (COL) Team Ineos 1
2020   Tadej Pogačar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 1
2021   Tadej Pogačar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 1
2022   Tadej Pogačar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 2

By nationalityEdit

Tour de France young rider classification winners by nationality
Country No. of winning cyclists No. of wins
  France 8 8
  Netherlands 5 5
  Spain 5 5
  Italy 4 5
  Colombia 4 5
  Germany 2 4
  United States 3 3
  Luxembourg 1 3
  Slovenia 1 3
  Russia 2 2
  United Kingdom 2 2
  Australia 1 1
  Mexico 1 1
  Ukraine 1 1


  1. ^ "Tour de France Femmes 2022 Course and Jerseys Announced!". Liv Bicycles. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2022. WHITE JERSEY for the best young rider classification sponsored by LIV Riders under 23 years of age
  2. ^ "Cycling Revealed".
  3. ^ "La Vuelta 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  4. ^ "Tour Xtra: White Jersey".
  5. ^ Long, M. (9 April 2015). "Krys eyes Tour de France's white jersey". SportsPro. Retrieved 21 June 2016. In addition to continuing as the official optician of the prestigious cycling race – a role it began last year – Krys will also sponsor the tour's white jersey, awarded to the best young rider under the age of 25.
  6. ^ " presents the 96th Tour de France".
  7. ^ Philipot finished 24th in this Tour, four places behind 24-year-old Luis Alberto Camargo, who would have won the young rider competition, if his directeur sportif had registered him for the competition

External linksEdit

  Media related to Young rider classification in the Tour de France at Wikimedia Commons