Although the white jersey first appeared in 1968 to reward the leader of the combined classification, which was based on the overall, points and mountains standings, it wasn’t until 1975 that it began to symbolise the future and youth of the Tour de France peloton. A leader in waiting, the wearer of the white jersey, which is sponsored by Krys, is the best placed in the overall standings who is under the age of 26. The Italian Francesco Moser was the first winner of young rider classification and illustrated perfectly its philosophy since he went on to become world champion and the victor of the 1984 Giro, and claimed 10 Classics, including three victories in Paris-Roubaix. Only Laurent Fignon (1983), Jan Ulrich (1997), Alberto Contador (2007), Andy Schleck (2010), Egan Bernal (2019) and Tadej Pogacar (2020) combined the yellow and white jerseys at the final.

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