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It is clear that the Tour de France is won in the mountains. (On a flat stage there usually are mass finishes, with the winner not able to make up much time.) Hence the overall winner should also be a reasonably good climber.

What was the lowest placing in the climber competition of any winner of the Tour de France Yellow Jersey?

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For your information, in 2016, Chris Froome ended 18th with 22 points in the Best Climber Classification. Rafal Majka won the Red Dot Jersey with 209 points. So a good climber doesn't necessarily chase the points.

The official Best Climber Competition started in 1933. There was an unofficial ranking from 1905 to 1932 by the magazine Auto, but I couln't find these data.

In 1966, Lucien Aimar (France) didn't even make it to the Best Climber Classification, scoring 0 points.

In 1987, Stephen Roche (Ireland) also scored 0 points.

Sources: Wikipedia, bikeraceinfo.com, the-sports.org

  • Yes, that sounds like an excellent answer :-) I'd recommend removing the information about the 2016 Tour as that's not particularly relevant here. – Philip Kendall Jul 25 '17 at 7:55
  • Not that I doubt you, but do you have a specific link that says Roche scored 0 points in the KOTM in 1987? It doesn't tally with my memory of that race (I watched almost every second), but I willingly concede that I might be wrong. – TrueDub Jul 25 '17 at 8:52
  • @TrueDub french, english Wikipedias, and bikeraceinfo agreed he wasn't in the Top 5. Then the-sports gives the full list. Reports said Roche won time on time trials, then even he had decent places in climbing stages, he didn't score points (points are only for the few first on the top, not at the end of the stage) and Roche only won one stage that year. – Bebs Jul 25 '17 at 9:11
  • Thank you for your full list link. I'm well aware of how the points were awarded. I just thought he'd scored at least one point somewhere - incorrectly. – TrueDub Jul 25 '17 at 9:41
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    I did find a raft of information on the tour de france site, in their history section, and I gathered data back to 1975. Unfortunately, up to 1997 only the top three point getters are listed on the site. (And of course definitions, methods and available points have been constantly adapted.) – user3697176 Jul 25 '17 at 17:20

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