Tour Xtra

General Team Classification

1 Peugeot (Fra)

2 Alcyon (Fra)

3 AutoMoto (Fra)

— Kas (Fra)

— T-Mobile (Ger) *

6 La Sportive(Fra)

 

8

7

4

4

4

3

1905-1906-1907-1908-1913-1914-1922-1981

1909-1910-1911-1912-1927-1928-1929

1923-1924-1925-1926

1965-1966-1974-1976

1997-2004-2005-2006

1919-1920-1921

 

* Team Telekom (1997) later changed name to T-Mobile

Through 1990, the riders of the leading team wore yellow caps. From 2006 on, they can be regognised by black-on-yellow back numbers.

 

Winners 1903-2011

For a full list of all Best Teams, click here.

 

Calculation 2012

In every stage, the times of the three best riders of each team are accumulated (time bonuses and penalties have no influence). The team with the fastest time is the best team of the day. These daily classifications together make up the General Team Classification. In case a team has less than three riders in the race, the team is out of this competition.

 

A general misunderstanding is that one could also calculate the team classification by accumulating the times of the three highest ranked riders in the General Individual Classification, but this is a false way of calculating (which has been used in the past, though). By having three riders in front every day, all the team members can be low in the General Classification, but the team can still be ranked high in the General Team Classification.

Most General Team Classification wins (sponsored teams)

1 Belgium

— France

3 Italy

4 the Netherlands

— Spain

— Switzerland

10

10

4

1

1

1

1931-1935-1936-1938-1939*-1948-1950-1956-1958-1959

1930-1933-1934-1937-1951-1955-1957-1960-1961-1967

1932-1947-1949-1952

1953

1968

1954

Most General Team Classification wins (national teams)

* = On several occasions, Belgium, Spain and Italy competed with two teams (A and B), while French regional teams were also allowed in. The Belgian team that won the Team Classification in 1939 happened to be the secondary team (Belgium B).

History

The team classification is as old as the Tour de France itself. From the beginning in 1903, riders have participated in teams, which were sometimes national, but mostly sponsored:

Up to and including 1937, riders could also participate individually under the denominators:

Most stage wins per team in one Tour de France

1 France

 

— France

 

3 Raleigh (Ned)

 

— Faema (Bel)

12/21

(1930)

12/22

(1957)

11/25

(1980)

11/29

(1974)

Charles Pelissier 8 – Andrι Leducq 2 –  Jules Merviel 1 –

Antonin Magne 1

Jacques Anquetil 4 – Andrι Darrigade 3 – Renι Privat 3 –

Gilbert Bauvin 1 – Jean Stablinski 1

Jan Raas 3 – Joop Zoetemelk 2 – Raleigh 2* – Cees Priem 1 – Henk Lubberding 1 – Bert Oosterbosch 1 – Gerrie Knetemann 1

Eddy Merckx 9 – Italo Zilioli (Ita) 1 – Jos Spruyt 1 – Faema 1*

Isolιs

Categorie B

2° Classe

Touristes-Routiers

Individuels

1909-1914

1919

1920-1922

1923-1926

1937

1903-1929

1930-1961

1962-1966

1967-1968

1969-(now)

sponsored

national

sponsored

national

sponsored

In several years, national team members could be taken by individuals, in case of abandons of team members.