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Tour de France 2022: “the friendliest rider”, these wacky rankings that have disappeared


While the Tour de France 2022 is in full swing, let’s take a look back at the most bizarre rankings that have ever existed in the context of the race.

The riders of the Tour de France can count on the numerous classifications to decide between themselves. In the lead, we obviously think of the general classification, which not only puts the coveted yellow jersey into play, but which also determines the winner of the Tour. Other classifications, a little less highlighted, are also taken into account, like the classification by points (green jersey), the mountain classification (polka dot jersey), the classification of the best young person under 25 years old (white jersey), or the team classification. What some people do not know, however, is that there was a time when other classifications, a little less technical, had been established by the federation, before being abandoned at the end of the 1960s or 1970s. , you may be surprised to learn that the Unluckiest Runner Award once existed. And it was Fernand Picot who had the honors of the first edition, in 1956. The same goes for the Prize for the most amiable runner, whose first winner was, unsurprisingly, Raymond Poulidor in 1963.

Tour de France 2022: who would be the winners of these astonishing rankings?

For a short time, the Tour de France also had fun rewarding the most loyal rider. According to the ranking, it was Edouard Delberghe who won the first edition, in 1958. Finally, because after all why not, it was also customary to award a prize to the most elegant runner. A distinction offered for the first time in 1956 to runner Henry Anglade. If these wacky classifications have now been removed from the race, nothing prevents fans from having fun determining who would have been the winners of this 109th edition. Answer on arrival, July 24?

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Prince Frederik of Denmark attends the first stage of the Tour de France at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 1, 2022.

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1st stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France 2022 in Copenhagen on July 1, 2022 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – JULY 01: Illustration picture during stage 1 of the 109th edition of the 2022 Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial of 13 kms with start and finish in Copenhagen on July 01, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1/07/2022 ( Motordriver Kenny Verfaillie –

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1st stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France 2022 in Copenhagen on July 1, 2022 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – JULY 01: Pasqualon Andrea (ITA) of Intermarche – Wanty – Gobert Materiaux during stage 1 of the 109th edition of the 2022 Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial of 13 kms with start and finish in Copenhagen on July 01, 2022 in Copenhagen, Danmark, 1/07/2022 ( Motordriver Kenny Verfaillie –

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1st stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France 2022 in Copenhagen on July 1, 2022 – COPENHAGEN, DANMARK – JULY 01: Van Aert Wout (BEL) of Team Jumbo-Visma during a recognition training before stage 1 of the 109th edition of the 2022 Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial of 13 kms with start and finish in Copenhagen on July 01, 2022 in Copenhagen, Danmark, 1/07/2022 ( Motordriver Kenny Verfaillie –

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Fabio Jakobsen wins the second stage of the Tour de France and Wout van Aert wins the yellow jersey in Nyborg (Denmark). July 2, 2022.
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Fabio Jakobsen wins the second stage of the Tour de France and Wout van Aert wins the yellow jersey in Nyborg (Denmark). July 2, 2022.
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Fabio Jakobsen wins the second stage of the Tour de France and Wout van Aert wins the yellow jersey in Nyborg (Denmark). July 2, 2022.
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2nd stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France between Roskilde and Nyborg in Denmark on July 2, 2022 – Spectators in Nyborg during the second stage of Tour de France between Roskilde and Nyborg, Denmark on July 2, 2022.

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Van Aert Wout (BEL) – Dutchman D.Groenewegen (Bikeexchange-Jayco) wins the 3rd stage of the Tour de France and Belgian W.van Aert retains the yellow jersey in Sonderborg, after a 182 kilometer race, the last in Denmark before returning to France. July 3, 2022.
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Benoot Tiesj (BEL) – Dutchman D.Groenewegen (Bikeexchange-Jayco) wins the 3rd stage of the Tour de France and Belgian W.van Aert retains the yellow jersey in Sonderborg, after a 182 kilometer race, the last in Denmark before returning to France. July 3, 2022.
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Groenewegen Dylan (NED) – Dutchman D.Groenewegen (Bikeexchange-Jayco) wins the 3rd stage of the Tour de France and Belgian W.van Aert retains the yellow jersey in Sonderborg, after a 182 kilometer race, the last in Denmark before returning to France. July 3, 2022.
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