It’s 2015, which means that before we know it, we will be at the Giro, and the Grand Tours will be under way. So, as an interesting aside, I thought it would be novel to look at just how many riders actually win a Grand Tour stage.
Since (and including) 1999, there have been 48 Grand Tours, which have had a total, by my probably inaccurate count, of 963 stages that could be won by individuals between them. I have removed Team time trials, and obviously, some stages have been annulled or canceled due to weather or events.
However since the turn of the century, only 336 men have been lucky enough to triumph in a Grand Tour with a stage win. Of those, 175, over 52%, have only won only one stage, meaning just 161 riders have won more then one stage since 1999.
Of those, 240 have only won stages in one Grand Tour. For instance, Lance Armstrong has 20 stage wins in total in this period, but accumulated them all in one Grand Tour, the Tour de France, so he is counted in this group. 77 riders have managed to win in two grand tours, in all the combinations, whether it be Giro-Tour, Giro-Vuelta or Tour-Vuelta. Finally, just 19 riders have managed to win a stage in all three grand tours over the years, and one very special rider, Alessandro Petacchi, has won stages in all three in one year.
These 19 riders deserve special recognition, so here they are, listed according to the number of wins overall they have (in the 1999-2014 period).
1. Alessandro Petacchi
– Won stages in all 3 grand tours in 2003, equaling a feat achieved only by Spain’s Miguel Poblet in 1956 and Italian Pierino Baffi in 1958. Petacchi won 6 stages at the Giro, 4 at the Tour and 5 at the Vuelta.
– Won 9 stages in the 2004 Giro
– Has won the points classification in all three Grand Tours, albeit only once for each: 2004 for the Giro, 2005 for the Vuelta and 2010 for the Tour
2. Mark Cavendish
– Holds the record for sprint stages won (25) in the Tour de France, although not the road stage record.
– Has won all three points classifications in 2012 for the Giro, 2011 for the Tour and 2010 for the Vuelta.
– Has won an average of 3.6 stages in each grand Tour he has finished, and an average of 2.9 including those he has abandoned.
3. Mario Cipollini
– There is too little space here to record Super Mario’s antics, which included boasts of orgies, riding with a picture of a naked lady on his stem (“I know what my wife looks like”) and turning up to races in various fancy dress guises.
– Holds the outright record for Giro stage wins at 42, which he accumulated from 1989-2003.He also won Tour stages in 1993 and 1995-1998.
– His team was once only able to ride the 2003 Vuelta if Cipollini came to the race. He promptly did, then abandoned on stage one after the prologue TT. This may explain why he only took 3 stage wins at the event, although being thrown out in 2000 for punching Francisco Cerezo probably didnt help either.
4. Andre Greipel
– Greipel had to make do with playing second fiddle to Mark Cavendish for a couple of years at HTC/High Road, during which he was limited to the Giro and Vuelta.
– He is however extremely consistent – bar his very first appearances in the Vuelta in 2006 and 2007, he has won at least a stage in every grand tour he has entered from 2008 to 2014.
– Greipel only has one points classification to his name, at the 2009 Vuelta, where he won 4 stages.
5. Daniele Bennati
– “The Panther” is one of only a handful of current riders to have won on the Champs Elysees (Others are Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish, Gert Steegmans and Marcel Kittel)
– Had a remarkable end to his 2007 Tour where he won both from a breakaway and into Paris in the space of 4 days.
– Dueled with Mark Cavendish in the 2008 Giro, ultimately winning 3 stages to the Manxman’s 2, as well as the points classification.
6. Gilberto Simoni
– Simoni is arguably the most successful GC contender in the 99-14 era to have won stages of all three Grand Tours
– He won two editions of the Giro in 2001 and 2003, and finished on the podium of his home race a further five times.
– Simoni attempted the Giro-Tour double in 2003, winning the first part but coming 84th at the Tour, although he did win a stage.
7. Joaquim Rodriguez
– Rodriguez is unfortunately known for coming second rather often, although not for the lack of trying. He has been second, and not won, at: the World Championships (2013), Giro d’Italia (2012), Liege-Bastonge-Liege (2013), Amstel Gold Race (2011) and the Clasica San Sebastian (2005).
– He has won the Tour of Lombardy twice, stages in all three grand tours, Fleche Wallone, the World Tour three times and the Tour of Catalunya twice.
– Rodriguez has an impressive 10 year gap between his first and last Grand Tour stage wins (2003 and 2013)
8. Marcel Kittel
– Supposedly, Kittel is the only man Cavendish hasn’t beaten in a head to head sprint, although the two have beaten each other thanks to crosswinds etc.
– Kittel was signed to Skil Shimano as a time trialist after winning bronze in the U23 Worlds TT, but kept dropping the man he was meant to be leading out (Kenny Van Hummel), so became the squad’s sprinter instead.
– Kittel is probably the purest sprinter of the 1999-2014 age – his weight of 86 kilos makes it unlikely he could replicate the Classics and Worlds success of riders like Cavendish, Cipollini and Petacchi unless courses are significantly flattened.
9. David Millar
– Millar is best known for his stance as a reformed anti doping campaigner after being caught with EPO, although his story has been somewhat mythologised to suggest that he came clean rather than got caught and denied the allegations.
– Millar has worn all three Grand Tour leaders jerseys, albeit the Golden Vuelta jersey rather than the new red one.
– He would have won another Tour prologue in 2003 if he had fitted a front mech – it was removed and his chain bounced off on the cobbled finish,losing by 0.14 seconds.
10. Denis Menchov
– Menchov has now got a rather ominous cloud hanging over his career thanks to the revelations about Dr Leinders and Rabobank’s doping program, as well as his own ban and quiet disqualification from the 2010 Tour.
– Even the number of Grand Tours he has won is uncertain: whilst the 2007 Vuelta and 2009 Giro are his, the 2005 Vuelta is in the process of being reawarded to Roberto Heras.
– Menchov was a former white jersey at the Tour de France in 2003.
11. Paolo Bettini
– Despite being with Mapei/QuickStep since 1999, Bettini took 5 years from his first GT stage win, at the Tour in 2000, to win another.
– He did though fill the gap with various Monument titles, such as Liege Bastonge Liege and Milan San Remo, before adding the Tour of Lombardy as well.
– Won the rainbow jersey twice in two years after trying all his career – sadly, shortly after his first triumph, his brother Sauro died in a car accident, leading a rainbow clad Bettini to an emotional triumph days later at the Tour of Lombardy.
12. Aitor Gonzalez
– Overturned a 1;08 gap to Roberto Heras on the final day of the 2002 Vuelta to win his only Grand Tour.
– Finished 6th and won two stages of the Giro in the same year.
– Ultimately ended his career after being implicated in Operacion Puerto.
13. Tyler Farrar
– Despite holding wins in all three Grand Tours, Two Vatenfall Cyclassics and Schedelprijs, Farrar is perhaps better known as someone who comes second rather alot. In fact, since 2008 he has won 30 times, come second 41 times and third 37 times.
– Farrar was heavily affected by the death of his friend Wouter Weylandt in the 2011 Giro, which led to his “W” celebration when he won a stage of the Tour de France the same year.
– Farrar is an honourary citizen of Ghent, and speaks fluent Flemish.
14. Pablo Lastras
– 39 year old Lastras is a domestique in principle, but has still rattled off stage wins in all three Grand Tours.
– Caisse d’Epargne actually announced they had were not to renew his contract in 2007, before a stage win at the Eneco Tour made them reconsider.
– Has ridden for the same team since turning professional in 1998.
15. Philippe Gilbert
– Gilbert has podiumed at 4 of the 5 monuments, winning 2 (Liege Bastonge Liege and the Tour of Lombardy)
– He had a annus mirrabilis in 2011, where he won all 4 events in the Ardennes Week.
– Signed by BMC off the back of this, Gilbert has “only” given them Vuelta stage wins and a Worlds title (the first one actually on a BMC) for their investment.
– Ullrich actually has 7 Tour stage wins to his name (from 1996, 1997 & 1998) but only managed one when Lance Armstrong turned up.
– More decorated then many realise, with the 1997 Tour de France, 1999 Vuelta, 2 World Time trial Championships and a 2000 Olympic Road Race Gold to his credit.
– Der Kaiser does not hold the record for second places at the Tour (Zoetemelk does), but he still managed 5 second places (and a voided 3rd in 2005)
17. Simon Gerrans
– Gerrans has become a Classics winning machine in recent years, adding Milan San Remo, Liege Bastogne Liege, GP Montreal and GP Quebec and GP Ouest France.
– Of his last 4 teams (Credit Agricole, Cervelo, Sky and Orica Greenedge) he has won stages of Grand Tours with all but one – Sky
– Gerrans is the first Australian to win either of the two Monuments he has triumphed in.
18. David Zabriske
– Zabriske became the 3rd American to wear the yellow jersey in 2005 when he won the opening TT (not a prologue due to its length) it a time so fast it would have been the fastest TT in Tour history, although its length of 19km made it an awkward proposition, so it has an asterisk instead.
– Technically, Zabriske has been stripped of all of these wins due to his involvement with US Postal. As they have not be reassigned, they are awarded to him here.
– His Vuelta stage win required a 161km solo breakaway to triumph.
19. Juan Manuel Garate
– Garate won three grand tour stages in his career, but managed one in each grand tour.
– He will forever be remembered for his triumph on the Ventoux stage of the 2009 Tour de France
– He won each stage for a separate team – Lampre, Quickstep and Rabobank.
And a special case…
20. Alberto Contador
Contador has physically won stages in all three grand Tours (although not very many given his attacking style), but his 2011 Giro stages have been reassigned, meaning he doesnt technically make the list, which is a shame, as he would also have been the only man to have won stages whilst in the leaders jersey of every event. He didn’t win any stages in his 2008 Giro triumph, so he is a half in, half out man on this list.
The below graph shows how many different individuals won stages in each year for each event, and shows that it’s roughly constant, although the last couple of years have seen a decline, meaning less people are winning more stages. Still, it’s fairly unpronounced – i just thought it would be interesting.
Here’s the chart of riders and their wins. Remember that it’s from 1999-2014 only, so riders like Mario Cipollini don’t have all the wins they accumulated in their careers. Similarly, there are issues with certain wins – some wins where doping was later proven/admitted have been reassigned, and some have simply been left with a line through them. Where a win has been reassigned, I’ve given it to the new winner (so Alejandro Valverde gets one of Riccardo Ricco’s 2008 stage wins a tthe Tour for instance) whilst if the winner has been crossed out, I’ve given it to that person, hence why Lance Armstrong has 20 wins to his name.
|Alessandro Petacchi||2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011||2003, 2010||2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010||27||6||21||54|
|Mark Cavendish||2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013||2010||15||25||3||43|
|Mario Cipollini||1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003||1999||2002||17||4||3||24|
|Robbie McEwen||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007||1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007||12||12||24|
|Lance Armstrong||1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005||20||20|
|Thor Hushovd||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011||2005, 2006, 2010||10||3||13|
|Alejandro Valverde||2005, 2008, 2012||2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014||4||8||12|
|Erik Zabel||2000, 2001, 2002||2001, 2003, 2006, 2007||4||8||12|
|Andre Greipel||2008, 2010||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014||2009||2||5||4||11|
|Daniele Bennati||2008||2007||2007, 2008, 2011, 2012||3||2||6||11|
|Fabian Cancellara||2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012||2009, 2013||8||3||11|
|Gilberto Simoni||2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007||2003||2000, 2001||8||1||2||11|
|Joaquim Rodriguez||2012||2010||2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013||2||1||8||11|
|Marcel Kittel||2014||2013, 2014||2011||2||8||1||11|
|Oscar Freire||2002, 2006, 2008||2000, 2004, 2007, 2008||4||7||11|
|Danilo Di Luca||2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009||2002, 2007||7||3||10|
|David Millar||2011||2000, 2002, 2003, 2012||2001, 2003, 2006, 2009||1||4||5||10|
|John Degenkolb||2013||2012, 2014||1||9||10|
|Stefano Garzelli||2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010||10||10|
|Roberto Heras||1999||2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005||1||8||9|
|Alberto Contador||2007, 2009||2008, 2012, 2014||3||5||8|
|Alexander Vinokourov||2003, 2005, 2010||2000, 2007||4||4||8|
|Denis Menchov||2009||2006||2004, 2005,2007, 2012||2||1||5||8|
|Paolo Bettini||2005, 2006||2000||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008||2||1||5||8|
|Tom Boonen||2004, 2005, 2007||2008||6||2||8|
|Vincenzo Nibali||2010, 2011, 2013||2014||4||4||8|
|Ivan Basso||2005, 2006, 2010||2004||6||1||7|
|Peter Sagan||2012, 2013||2011||4||3||7|
|Aitor Gonzalez||2002, 2003||2004||2002||3||1||2||6|
|Ivan Quaranta||1999, 2000, 2001||6||6|
|Samuel Sanchez||2011||2005, 2006, 2007||1||5||6|
|Tyler Farrar||2010||2011||2009, 2010||2||1||3||6|
|Carlos Sastre||2009||2003, 2007, 2008||2||3||5|
|Chris Froome||2012, 2013||2011||4||1||5|
|David Moncoutie||2004, 2005||2008, 2009, 2011||2||3||5|
|Juan Miguel Mercado||2004, 2006||2001||2||3||5|
|Leonardo Piepoli||2006, 2007||2004, 2007||3||2||5|
|Michael Rasmussen||2005, 2006, 2007||2003||4||1||5|
|Pablo Lastras||2001||2003||2002, 2011||1||1||3||5|
|Paolo Savoldelli||1999, 2005, 2006, 2007||2005||4||1||5|
|Philippe Gilbert||2009||2011||2010, 2012, 2013||1||1||3||5|
|Richard Virenque||1999||2000, 2002, 2003, 2004||1||4||5|
|Santiago Botero||2002||2001, 2002||2||3||5|
|Serhiy Honchar||1999, 2003, 2004||2006||3||2||5|
|Tom Steels||1999, 2000||5||5|
|Tony Martin||2011, 2013, 2014||2011, 2014||3||2||5|
|Emaneule Sella||2004, 2008||4||4|
|Erik Dekker||2000, 2001||4||4|
|Felix Cardenas||2001||2000, 2003, 2004||1||3||4|
|Igor Anton||2011||2006, 2010, 2011||1||3||4|
|Luis Leon Sanchez||2008, 2009, 2011, 2012||4||4|
|Pierrick Fedrigo||2007, 2009, 2010, 2012||4||4|
|Rik Verbrugghe||2001, 2002, 2006||2001||3||1||4|
|Roberto Laiseka||2001||1999, 2000, 2005||1||3||4|
|Simon Gerrans||2009||2008, 2013||2009||1||2||1||4|
|Thomas Voeckler||2009, 2010, 2012||4||4|
|Andy Schleck||2010, 2011||3||3|
|Bradley McGee||2004||2002, 2003||1||2||3|
|Cadel Evans||2010||2007, 2011||1||2||3|
|Daniel Moreno||2011, 2013||3||3|
|Dario Frigo||2001, 2003||2002||2||1||3|
|Diego Ulissi||2011, 2014||3||3|
|Edvald Boasson Hagen||2009||2011||1||2||3|
|Eladio Jimenez||2000, 2004, 2005||3||3|
|Filippo Pozzato||2010||2004, 2007||1||2||3|
|Francisco Ventoso||2011, 2012||2006||2||1||3|
|Franco Pellizotti||2006, 2008, 2009||3||3|
|Giovanni Lombardi||2002, 2003||2002||2||1||3|
|Igor Gonzalez de Galdenao||1999, 2001||3||3|
|Jaan Kirsipuu||1999, 2002, 2004||3||3|
|Jose Rujano||2005, 2011||3||3|
|Juan Jose Cobo||2008||2009, 2011||1||2||3|
|Juan Manuel Garate||2006||2009||2001||1||1||1||3|
|Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio||2001, 2002||3||3|
|Kurt Asle Arvesen||2003, 2007||2008||2||1||3|
|Michael Matthews||2014||2013, 2014||1||3||4|
|Michele Scarponi||2009, 2010||3||3|
|Pieter Weening||2011, 2014||2005||2||1||3|
|Riccardo Ricco||2007, 2008||3||3|
|Robert Forster||2006, 2007||2006||2||1||3|
|Robert Hunter||2007||1999, 2001||1||2||3|
|Rui Costa||2011, 2013||3||3|
|Sandy Casar||2007, 2008, 2010||3||3|
|Sylvain Chavanel||2008, 2010||3||3|
|Vasil Kiryienka||2008, 2011||2013||2||1||3|
|Abraham Olano Manzano||1999, 2000||2||2|
|Alex Zulle||1999, 2000||2||2|
|Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano||2000||2000||1||1||2|
|Christophe Riblon||2010, 2013||2||2|
|Enrico Battaglin||2013, 2014||2||2|
|Fabrizio Guidi||1999, 2000||2||2|
|Filippo Simeoni||2001, 2003||2||2|
|Frank Schleck||2007, 2009||2||2|
|Gert Steegmans||2007, 2008||2||2|
|Giuseppe Guerini||1999, 2005||2||2|
|Guido Trentin||2001, 2002||2||2|
|Imanol Erviti||2008, 2010||2||2|
|Jean-Patrick Nazon||2003, 2004||2||2|
|Jens Voigt||2008||2001, 2006||1||1||2|
|Jose Maria Jimenez||1999, 2001||2||2|
|Kim Kirchen||2007, 2008||2||2|
|Luis Felipe Laverde||2006, 2007||2||2|
|Luis Perez Rodriguez||2003, 2007||2||2|
|Marco Pinotti||2008, 2012||2||2|
|Marzio Bruseghin||2007, 2008||2||2|
|Matteo Trentin||2013, 2014||2||2|
|Matthew Goss||2010, 2012||2||2|
|Paolo Tiralongo||2011, 2012||2||2|
|Pierre Rolland||2011, 2012||2||2|
|Rigoberto Uran||2013, 2014||2||2|
|Ryder Hesjedal||2009, 2014||2||2|
|Salvatore Commesso||1999, 2000||2||2|
|Santiago Blanco||2001, 2002||2||2|
|Sergei Ivanov||2001, 2009||2||2|
|Alessandro de Marchi||2014||1||1|
|Bart de Clerq||2011||1||1|
|Carlos Garcia Quesada||2005||1||1|
|Chris Anker Sprensen||2010||1||1|
|Christophe le Mevel||2005||1||1|
|Claus Michael Moller||2001||1||1|
|Greg Van Avermaet||2008||1||1|
|Gustav Cesar Veloso||2009||1||1|
|Javier Pasal Rodriguez||2004||1||1|
|Javier Vicente Garcia||2000||1||1|
|Jose Enrique Gutierrez||2004||1||1|
|Jose Jaime Gonzalez||1999||1||1|
|Jose Luis Arrieta||2006||1||1|
|Jose Luis Rubiera||2000||1||1|
|Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta||2002||1||1|
|Juan Antonio Flecha||2003||1||1|
|Juan Carlos Dominguez||2002||1||1|
|Juan Jose Haedo||2011||1||1|
|Leon Van Bon||2000||1||1|
|Max Van Heeswijk||2005||1||1|
|Miguel Angel Rubiano||2012||1||1|
|Pavel Tonkov||2002, 2004||1||1|
|Pedro Diaz Lobato||2003||1||1|
|Thomas de Gendt||2012||1||1|
|Victor Hugo Pena||2000||1||1|