Tour Xtra

The White Jersey

(Best Young Rider / Souvenir Fabio Casartelli)

History

The classification for the Best Young Rider was instituted in 1975. First winner was Italian star Francesco Moser, who thus won the White Jersey. This jersey was meant for the leader in the Combination Classification before 1975.

 

In the first years of its existence, this classification was meant for neo professionals in the peloton (riders in their first or second year as a pro). In the years 1983 through 1986, the classification was only open for riders who first appeared in the Tour de France, but since 1987 the same formula for the Best Young Rider (riders younger than 25 on Junuary 1 of the concerning year) has been left intact.

 

In 1989, the White Jersey was abolished due to the simplification policy of the Tour direction. Only the three major jerseys were still awarded; the White, Red and Combination Jerseys had to disappear. However, the Société du Tour de France re-introduced  the White Jersey in 2000.

 

Since 1997 the official name of the competition has been changed to Souvenir Fabio Casartelli, named after the Italian rider who made a fatal crash in 1995 (see also Victims in the Tour de France peloton).

 

 

 

Best Young Riders 1975-2011

(General Classification positions between brackets)

1 Jan Ullrich (Ger)

— Andy Schleck (Lux)

 

2 Marco Pantani (Ita)

 

3

3

 

2

1996-1997-1998

2008-2009-2010

 

1994-1995

Most White Jersey wins per rider

(includes period 1989-1999, when no actual jerseys were awarded)

1975 – Francesco Moser (Ita) (7) *

1976 – Enrique Martínez Heredia (Esp) (23)*

1977 – Dietrich Thurau (FRG) (5) *

1978 – Henk Lubberding (Ned) (8) *

1979 – Jean-René Bernaudeau (Fra) (5) *

1980 – Johan van der Velde (Ned) (12) *

1981 – Peter Winnen (Ned) (5) *

1982 – Phil Anderson (Aus) (5) *

1983 – Laurent Fignon (Fra) (1) **

1984 – Greg LeMond (USA) (3) **

1985 – Fabio Parra (Col) (8) **

1986 – Andrew Hampsten (USA) (4) **

1987 – Raúl Alcala (Mex) (9)

1988 – Erik Breukink (Ned) (12)

1989 – Fabrice Philipot (Fra) (24)

1990 – Gilles Delion (Fra) (15)

1991 – Alvaro Mejía (Col) (19)

1992 – Eddy Bouwmans (Ned) (14)

1993 – Antonio Martín Velasco (Esp) (12)

1994 – Marco Pantani (Ita) (3)

1995 – Marco Pantani (Ita) (13)

1996 – Jan Ullrich (Ger) (2)

1997 – Jan Ullrich (Ger) (1)

1998 – Jan Ullrich (Ger) (2)

1999 – Benoît Salmon (Fra) (16)

2000 – Francisco Mancebo (Esp) (9)

2001 – Oscar Sevilla (Esp) (7)

2002 – Ivan Basso (Ita) (11)

2003 – Denis Menchov (Rus) (11)

2004 – Vladimir Karpets (Rus) (13)

2005 – Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) (11)

2006 – Damiano Cunego (Ita) (11)

2007Alberto Contador (Esp) (1)

2008Andy Schleck (Lux) (11)

2009 Andy Schleck (Lux) (2)

2010 Andy Schleck (Lux) (1)

2011 Pierre Rolland (Fra) (10)

2012

 

 

 * = Best Neo Professional

** = First Appearance Award

Calculation 2012

The calculation works exactly the same as the method for the Yellow Jersey. Only restriction is, that the riders in this classification have to be born after January 1, 1987.