One of the most prestigious awards that any rider can win in a multi-day stage race events is the young rider award, i.e. jersey.
Taken very seriously in races such as the Tour De France, riders below the age of twenty-five compete to be the leader of the youth and also to have the best overall time in a race.
In all stage races, the rider with the fastest overall time who qualifies by age will be presented with the Young Rider jersey, on top of being awarded the Best Young Rider award of the race.
We have to say, this award is one of the more prominent ones; even the colour of the jersey is the same as the jersey that is awarded to the rider with the fastest time regardless of classifications. For those wondering, the Young Rider jersey is white in colour.
Double Award Wins
In the event that the best young rider award recipient is also a leader of other general, points or mountain classification awards, the winning rider will wear the most prestigious jersey of them all.
The young rider jersey will then be worn by the next young rider in the classification, who does not hold a ‘better’ jersey.
Young Rider Winners
The Young Rider classification was only part of both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia Grand Tours until the year 2016. Before that, the non-participating Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour did not have such an award.
In 2017, they created the Young Rider classification, albeit a little unconventionally. Instead of receiving a white jersey, winners of this classification received a red number bib instead.
Riders With Career Doubles
Winning multiple jerseys in a single race is known to be the most admired feat in the cycling world. Think the Grand Slam equivalent from the world of tennis, the double-double of basketball or a hat-trick in football.
That said, only three riders have achieved this thus far. The list of riders are as follows:
- Andy Schleck (LUX): Won 1 Giro white jersey in 2007 and 3 Tour white jerseys in 2008, 2009 and 2010
- Nairo Quintana (COL): Won 1 Giro white jersey in 2014 and 2 Tour white jerseys in 2013 and 2015
- Miguel Angel Lopex (COL): Won 1 Giro white jersey in 2018 and 1 Vuelta red number bib in 2017
Riders With The Most Award Wins
The star riders throughout the years with the most white jerseys and/or number bibs are as listed below:
- Andy Schleck (LUX) – Giro d’Italia in 2007 and Tour de France in 2008, 2009 and 2010
- Nairo Quintana (COL) – Giro d’Italia in 2014 and Tour de France in 2013 and 2015
- Jan Ullrich (GER) – Tour de France in 1996, 1997 and 1998
- Marco Pantani (ITA) – Tour de France in 1994 and 1995
- Vladimir Poulnikov (SU) – Giro d’Italia in 1989 and 1990
- Pavel Tonkov (RUS) – Giro d’Italia in 1992 and 1993
- Bob jungles (LUX) – Giro d’Italia in 2016 and 2017
- Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) – Giro d’Italia in 2018 and Vuelta a Espana in 2017