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List of Grand Tour general classification winners

Eddy Merckx, who has won the most Grand Tours with 11 victories.

The Grand Tours are the three most prestigious multi-week stage races in professional road bicycle racing.[1] The competitions are the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, contested annually in that order. They are the only stage races permitted to last longer than 14 days.[2] No cyclist has won all three Grand Tours in the same calendar year, but Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Chris Froome have won all three in succession (thus holding all titles at the same time); the only other cyclists to win all three Grand Tours at some point in their career are Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali.[3] Contador is the youngest, at 25 years, to win every Tour.[4] It is rare for cyclists to ride all Grand Tours in the same year; in 2004, for example, 474 cyclists started in one of the Grand Tours, 68 rode two and only two cyclists started all three.[5]

Cyclists are ranked on the basis of their total wins in the three Grand Tours. When there is a tie between cyclists they are listed alphabetically by the Grand Tour they won. The majority of winners have come from Europe, however, there have been a few notable victories for cyclists from other continents. Andrew Hampsten, became the first North American to win the Giro, when he won in 1988.[6] Luis Herrera became the first person from South America and the Southern Hemisphere to win a Grand Tour when he won the 1987 Vuelta a España.[7]

Eddy Merckx, with 11 victories, has won the most Grand Tours. Bernard Hinault is second with 10 and Jacques Anquetil is third with eight.[3] Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Alfredo Binda have won the most Giros, each winning five during their career. Merckx, Hinault, Anquetil and Miguel Indurain hold the record for the most victories in the Tour, with five each. Roberto Heras holds the record for the most victories in the Vuelta, which he has won four times.[8]

Winners

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By cyclist

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Bernard Hinault won 10 Grand Tours during his career.
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Miguel Indurain, winner of seven Grand Tours
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Fausto Coppi won five Giros and the Tour de France twice.
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Alberto Contador, the fifth cyclist to have won all three Grand Tours during his career
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Alfredo Binda won the Giro d'Italia five times.
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Tony Rominger, winner of four Grand Tours
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Ivan Basso, he has won two Giros
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Stephen Roche, winner of two Grand Tours
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Jan Ullrich won two Grand Tours.
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Luis Herrera was the first South American to win a Grand Tour.
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Alexander Vinokourov was winner of the 2006 Vuelta a España.

Riders in bold are still active. Number of wins in gold indicates the current record holder(s).

Grand Tour general classification winners
Rank Cyclist Country Winning span Giro Tour Vuelta Total
1 Eddy Merckx Belgium Belgium 1968–1974 5 5 1 11
2 Bernard Hinault France France 1978–1985 3 5 2 10
3 Jacques Anquetil France France 1957–1964 2 5 1 8
4 Fausto Coppi Italy Italy 1940–1953 5 2 0 7
Miguel Indurain Spain Spain 1991–1995 2 5 0 7
Alberto Contador Spain Spain 2007–2015 2 2 3 7
Chris Froome United Kingdom Great Britain 2011–2018 1 4 2 7
8 Gino Bartali Italy Italy 1936–1948 3 2 0 5
Alfredo Binda Italy Italy 1925–1933 5 0 0 5
Felice Gimondi Italy Italy 1965–1976 3 1 1 5
11 Tony Rominger Switzerland Switzerland 1992–1995 1 0 3 4
Roberto Heras Spain Spain 2000–2005 0 0 4 4
Vincenzo Nibali Italy Italy 2010–2016 2 1 1 4
Primož Roglič Slovenia Slovenia 2019–2023 1 0 3 4
Tadej Pogačar Slovenia Slovenia 2020–2024 1 3 0 4
16 Giovanni Brunero Italy Italy 1921–1926 3 0 0 3
Carlo Galetti Italy Italy 1910–1912 3 0 0 3
Fiorenzo Magni Italy Italy 1948–1955 3 0 0 3
Louison Bobet France France 1953–1955 0 3 0 3
Greg LeMond United States United States 1986–1990 0 3 0 3
Philippe Thys Belgium Belgium 1913–1920 0 3 0 3
Charly Gaul Luxembourg Luxembourg 1956–1959 2 1 0 3
Laurent Fignon France France 1983–1989 1 2 0 3
Pedro Delgado Spain Spain 1985–1989 0 1 2 3
25 Franco Balmamion Italy Italy 1962–1963 2 0 0 2
Ivan Basso Italy Italy 2006–2010 2 0 0 2
Costante Girardengo Italy Italy 1919–1923 2 0 0 2
Ivan Gotti Italy Italy 1997–1999 2 0 0 2
Giuseppe Saronni Italy Italy 1979–1983 2 0 0 2
Paolo Savoldelli Italy Italy 2002–2005 2 0 0 2
Gilberto Simoni Italy Italy 2001–2003 2 0 0 2
Giovanni Valetti Italy Italy 1938–1939 2 0 0 2
Ottavio Bottecchia Italy Italy 1924–1925 0 2 0 2
Nicolas Frantz Luxembourg Luxembourg 1927–1928 0 2 0 2
Firmin Lambot Belgium Belgium 1919–1922 0 2 0 2
André Leducq France France 1930–1932 0 2 0 2
Sylvère Maes Belgium Belgium 1936–1939 0 2 0 2
Antonin Magne France France 1931–1934 0 2 0 2
Lucien Petit-Breton France France 1907–1908 0 2 0 2
Bernard Thévenet France France 1975–1977 0 2 0 2
Jonas Vingegaard Denmark Denmark 2022–2023 0 2 0 2
Julián Berrendero Spain Spain 1941–1942 0 0 2 2
Gustaaf Deloor Belgium Belgium 1935–1936 0 0 2 2
José Manuel Fuente Spain Spain 1972–1974 0 0 2 2
Alex Zülle Switzerland Switzerland 1996–1997 0 0 2 2
Egan Bernal Colombia Colombia 2019–2021 1 1 0 2
Hugo Koblet Switzerland Switzerland 1950–1951 1 1 0 2
Gastone Nencini Italy Italy 1957–1960 1 1 0 2
Marco Pantani Italy Italy 1998 1 1 0 2
Stephen Roche Republic of Ireland Ireland 1987 1 1 0 2
Giovanni Battaglin Italy Italy 1981 1 0 1 2
Denis Menchov Russia Russia 2007–2009 1 0 1 2
Nairo Quintana Colombia Colombia 2014–2016 1 0 1 2
Jan Janssen Netherlands Netherlands 1967–1968 0 1 1 2
Luis Ocaña Spain Spain 1970–1973 0 1 1 2
Roger Pingeon France France 1967–1969 0 1 1 2
Jan Ullrich Germany Germany 1997–1999 0 1 1 2
Joop Zoetemelk Netherlands Netherlands 1979–1980 0 1 1 2
59 Vittorio Adorni Italy Italy 1965 1 0 0 1
Ercole Baldini Italy Italy 1958 1 0 0 1
Gaetano Belloni Italy Italy 1920 1 0 0 1
Vasco Bergamaschi Italy Italy 1935 1 0 0 1
Fausto Bertoglio Italy Italy 1975 1 0 0 1
Evgeni Berzin Russia Russia 1994 1 0 0 1
Gianni Bugno Italy Italy 1990 1 0 0 1
Alfonso Calzolari Italy Italy 1914 1 0 0 1
Francesco Camusso Italy Italy 1931 1 0 0 1
Richard Carapaz Ecuador Ecuador 2019 1 0 0 1
Franco Chioccioli Italy Italy 1991 1 0 0 1
Carlo Clerici Switzerland Switzerland 1954 1 0 0 1
Damiano Cunego Italy Italy 2004 1 0 0 1
Johan De Muynck Belgium Belgium 1978 1 0 0 1
Danilo Di Luca Italy Italy 2007 1 0 0 1
Tom Dumoulin Netherlands Netherlands 2017 1 0 0 1
Giuseppe Enrici Italy Italy 1924 1 0 0 1
Luigi Ganna Italy Italy 1909 1 0 0 1
Stefano Garzelli Italy Italy 2000 1 0 0 1
Tao Geoghegan Hart United Kingdom Great Britain 2020 1 0 0 1
Jai Hindley Australia Australia 2022 1 0 0 1
Learco Guerra Italy Italy 1934 1 0 0 1
Andrew Hampsten United States United States 1988 1 0 0 1
Ryder Hesjedal Canada Canada 2012 1 0 0 1
Luigi Marchisio Italy Italy 1930 1 0 0 1
Giovanni Micheletto Italy Italy 1912 1 0 0 1
Francesco Moser Italy Italy 1984 1 0 0 1
Gianni Motta Italy Italy 1966 1 0 0 1
Carlo Oriani Italy Italy 1913 1 0 0 1
Arnaldo Pambianco Italy Italy 1961 1 0 0 1
Eberardo Pavesi Italy Italy 1912 1 0 0 1
Antonio Pesenti Italy Italy 1932 1 0 0 1
Gösta Pettersson Sweden Sweden 1971 1 0 0 1
Michel Pollentier Belgium Belgium 1977 1 0 0 1
Michele Scarponi Italy Italy 2011 1 0 0 1
Pavel Tonkov Russia Russia 1996 1 0 0 1
Roberto Visentini Italy Italy 1986 1 0 0 1
Lucien Aimar France France 1966 0 1 0 1
Federico Bahamontes Spain Spain 1959 0 1 0 1
Lucien Buysse Belgium Belgium 1926 0 1 0 1
Henri Cornet France France 1904 0 1 0 1
Maurice De Waele Belgium Belgium 1929 0 1 0 1
Odile Defraye Belgium Belgium 1912 0 1 0 1
Cadel Evans Australia Australia 2011 0 1 0 1
François Faber Luxembourg Luxembourg 1909 0 1 0 1
Maurice Garin France France 1903 0 1 0 1
Gustave Garrigou France France 1911 0 1 0 1
Ferdinand Kübler Switzerland Switzerland 1950 0 1 0 1
Roger Lapébie France France 1937 0 1 0 1
Octave Lapize France France 1910 0 1 0 1
Romain Maes Belgium Belgium 1935 0 1 0 1
Henri Pélissier France France 1966 0 1 0 1
Óscar Pereiro Spain Spain 2006 0 1 0 1
René Pottier France France 1906 0 1 0 1
Bjarne Riis Denmark Denmark 1996 0 1 0 1
Jean Robic France France 1947 0 1 0 1
Carlos Sastre Spain Spain 2008 0 1 0 1
Andy Schleck Luxembourg Luxembourg 2010 0 1 0 1
Léon Scieur Belgium Belgium 1921 0 1 0 1
Georges Speicher France France 1933 0 1 0 1
Geraint Thomas United Kingdom Great Britain 2018 0 1 0 1
Louis Trousselier France France 1905 0 1 0 1
Lucien Van Impe Belgium Belgium 1976 0 1 0 1
Roger Walkowiak France France 1956 0 1 0 1
Bradley Wiggins United Kingdom Great Britain 2012 0 1 0 1
Rudi Altig Germany Germany 1962 0 0 1 1
Fabio Aru Italy Italy 2015 0 0 1 1
Ferdinand Bracke Belgium Belgium 1971 0 0 1 1
Éric Caritoux France France 1984 0 0 1 1
Ángel Casero Spain Spain 2001 0 0 1 1
Angelo Conterno Italy Italy 1956 0 0 1 1
Frans De Mulder Belgium Belgium 1960 0 0 1 1
Jean Dotto France France 1955 0 0 1 1
Remco Evenepoel Belgium Belgium 2022 0 0 1 1
Francisco Gabica Spain Spain 1966 0 0 1 1
Marco Giovannetti Italy Italy 1990 0 0 1 1
Aitor González Spain Spain 2002 0 0 1 1
Luis Herrera Colombia Colombia 1987 0 0 1 1
Chris Horner  United States 2013 0 0 1 1
Laurent Jalabert France France 1995 0 0 1 1
Sean Kelly Republic of Ireland Ireland 1988 0 0 1 1
Sepp Kuss United States United States 2023 0 0 1 1
Dalmacio Langarica Spain Spain 1946 0 0 1 1
Marino Lejarreta Spain Spain 1982 0 0 1 1
Jesús Loroño Spain Spain 1957 0 0 1 1
Freddy Maertens Belgium Belgium 1977 0 0 1 1
Melcior Mauri Spain Spain 1991 0 0 1 1
Abraham Olano Spain Spain 1998 0 0 1 1
José Pesarrodona Spain Spain 1976 0 0 1 1
Álvaro Pino Spain Spain 1986 0 0 1 1
Raymond Poulidor France France 1964 0 0 1 1
Delio Rodríguez Spain Spain 1945 0 0 1 1
Emilio Rodríguez Spain Spain 1950 0 0 1 1
Bernardo Ruiz Spain Spain 1948 0 0 1 1
Faustino Rupérez Spain Spain 1980 0 0 1 1
Angelino Soler Spain Spain 1961 0 0 1 1
Jean Stablinski France France 1958 0 0 1 1
Antonio Suárez Spain Spain 1959 0 0 1 1
Agustín Tamames Spain Spain 1975 0 0 1 1
Alejandro Valverde Spain Spain 2009 0 0 1 1
Edward Van Dijck Belgium Belgium 1947 0 0 1 1
Alexander Vinokourov  Kazakhstan 2006 0 0 1 1
Rolf Wolfshohl Germany Germany 1965 0 0 1 1
Simon Yates United Kingdom Great Britain 2018 0 0 1 1

By country

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Grand Tour general classification winners by country
Rank Country Giro Tour Vuelta Total
1  Italy 69 10 6 85
2  France 6 36 9 51
3  Spain 4 12 32 48
4  Belgium 7 18 8 33
5  Great Britain 2 6 3 11
6  Switzerland 3 2 5 10
7  Slovenia 2 3 3 8
8  Luxembourg 2 5 0 7
9  United States 1 3 2 6
10  Netherlands 1 2 2 5
 Colombia 2 1 2 5
12  Germany 0 1 3 4
 Russia 3 0 1 4
14  Ireland 1 1 1 3
 Denmark 0 3 0 3
16  Australia 1 1 0 2
17  Sweden 1 0 0 1
 Canada 1 0 0 1
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1
 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1


References

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General

  • "Albo d'Oro". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  • Jacques Augendre (2014). Tour de France Guide Historique (PDF). Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  • "Palmares" (in Spanish). Vuelta a España. Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

Specific

  1. ^ "Million dollar, baby!". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 January 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ "UCI Cycling Regulations". Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Archived from the original (ASP) on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Historical Results – The Grand Tours". Cycling Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 11 August 2002. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  4. ^ Birnie, Lionel (21 September 2008). "Contador becomes quickest to complete Grand Tour set". Cycling Weekly. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ Riche, Antoine (19 March 2005). "Doubler deux Grands Tours revient à la mode". CyclisMag (in French). Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. ^ Johnson, Greg (15 May 2009). "50 Giro facts you need to know". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Vuelta a España O–Z". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 8 September 2008. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  8. ^ Arribas, Carlos (23 December 2012). "Heras wins back Vuelta victory". El País. Archived from the original on 3 February 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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