You’ll recognize the overall leader by his red jersey. The green jersey is around the shoulders of the first man in the points classification – because of all the top finishes this is usually a climber. Just like in the Tour de France, the winner of the KOM classification is awarded a polka dot jersey, only difference being the dots are blue instead of red.
La Vuelta first introduced the best young rider classification in 2019. Before that a combination classification was in order, which was a complicated mix of the other three classifications.
|2022||Remco Evenepoel||Mads Pedersen||Richard Carapaz||Remco Evenepoel|
|2021||Primoz Roglic||Fabio Jakobsen||Michael Storer||Gino Mäder|
|2020||Primoz Roglic||Primoz Roglic||Guillaume Martin||Enric Mas|
|2019||Primoz Roglic||Primoz Roglic||Geoffrey Bouchard||Tadej Pogacar|
|2018||Simon Yates||Alejandro Valverde||Thomas De Gendt||–|
|2017||Chris Froome||Chris Froome||Davide Villella||–|
|2016||Nairo Quintana||Fabio Felline||Omar Fraille||–|
|2015||Fabio Aru||Alejandro Valverde||Omar Fraille||–|
|2014||Alberto Contador||John Degenkolb||Luis León Sanchez||–|
|2013||Chris Horner||Alejandro Valverde||Nicolas Edet||–|
|2012||Alberto Contador||Alejandro Valverde||Simon Clarke||–|
|2011||Chris Froome||Bauke Mollema||David Moncoutié||–|
|2010||Vincenzo Nibali||Mark Cavendish||David Moncoutié||–|
|2009||Alejandro Valverde||André Greipel||David Moncoutié||–|
|2008||Alberto Contador||Greg Van Avermaet||David Moncoutié||–|
Records in the Vuelta a España
With 5 overall victories Roberto Heras is record holder. Of the still active drivers Primoz Roglic comes closest with two GC wins.
If you talk stage wins, only one rider is the king. In the 1940’s Spaniard Delio Rodríguez won 33 stages and in edition 1941, 12 out of 22 stages were his. Alessandro Petacchi comes closest with 20 stages.
The 1984 Vuelta saw the smallest GC gap ever recorded in a Grand Tour. Eric Caritoux (France) won the race with a 6 seconds lead over Alberto Fernandez Blanco (Spain).