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Combativity award

The Combativity award is a prize given in the Tour de France. It favours constant attackers and since 1981 the winner of the award has not won the whole Tour.

The first award was given in 1959 to Gérard Saint, but it wasn't awarded every year until 1980. Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Richard Virenque have three wins each.

The system of the award has changed during the years. Historically, riders accumulated points, but the current system awards prizes on each stage except for time trials. There is also an award for the most combative rider of whole Tour. The rider has to finish the race in order to win the award.

There isn't a jersey for most combative rider, but instead, it is marked with a white number on a red background instead of the usual black on white. The award is sponsored by Brandt.

Combativity award winners

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