• Tadej Pogacar claimed three jerseys and Sam Bennett one on the final Tour de France podium (Getty)Source: Getty
The 2020 Tour de France has been one to remember, and here's who wore each jersey after a gruelling 21 stages to the podium on the Champs-Élysées.
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SBS Cycling Central

21 Sep 2020 - 6:48 AM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2020 - 6:53 AM

General Classification (Yellow jersey) 

1. Tadej Pogačar (Team UAE-Emirates)

Everything you could possibly hope for in your first Tour de France. The 21-year-old Slovenian nabbed three stage wins in Stages 9, 15 and 20. He fought tooth and nail in second place behind Primož Roglič for six straight days, finally seizing his chance in the time trial.

Without a great team performance in the mountains supporting him, unlike Roglič's Jumbo-Visma cast, Pogačar's campaign exemplified stellar individual skill, tactics and determination while on the bike to claim the ultimate prize in Paris.

2. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma)

He was ever so close to the number one spot on the podium and no wonder. Roglič appeared to be unstoppable in yellow, wrestling the jersey from Adam Yates in Stage 9 and not letting go for another ten days. The 30-year-old was calm and consistent under pressure in first as team Jumbo-Visma had great ride after great ride to keep him there.

It all came crashing down in stage 20, but only due to an amazing ride by his younger countryman. A heartbreaking result, but still a tremendous effort from Roglič in Tour 2020.

3. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

What else is there to say about Richie Porte. After countless setbacks and bad luck the Australian went into this Tour at 35-years-old but with the same undiminished will to compete for that seemingly elusive podium spot. But this time it wasn't going to slip away from him, as the Tasmanian rode his heart out despite a crosswind time-killer in stage 7 and a potentially disastrous puncture in stage 18 to go into the time trial with 99 seconds between him and a place in Paris.

He delivered big time, rising to the occasion and riding into third place to realise a long-held dream and send Australia into raptures.

Points classification (Green jersey)

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck–Quick-Step)

For so long this jersey had been dominated by seven-time winner Peter Sagan, but this year a new rider would break the Slovakian's reign, as Bennett came with a plan and executed it to perfection. The Irishman had not been in the hunt before, missing out on riding the Tour de France whilst a member of Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe, but the move to Deceuninck brought a new challenge and new possibilities.

Bennett wasted no time, fighting to claim his maiden Tour de France stage win in stage 10 to achieve his dream and also claim the maximum 50 points and the lead in green over Sagan and Matteo Trentin (CCC). From there he didn't let up, maintaining his lead while the rest faltered to be rewarded for his years of hard work by wearing the green jersey on the podium in Paris and winning the final stage along with it.

King of the Mountains (polkadot jersey)

1. Tadej Pogačar 

After Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) ceded the jersey on Stage 17, it seemed like the life in the competition sparke dup a little. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) made the jersey a target and went in the breakaway a few times to try and secure the podium spot in Paris. 

Pogačar is always hungry to compete however, and saw some opportunities to take easy points, along with points taken at mountain-top finishes. It all came down to the time trial, with Carapaz in the lead and saving all his effort for the final dash up the Planche des Belles Filles. Hoewever, the world found out exactly how strong Pogačar was with his performance there, he flew up the steep climb and secured both yellow and the polkadot jersey in one superb showing.

Young Rider's classification (white jersey)

1. Tadej Pogačar 

As went the yellow jersey so did the white for the second year in a row. Pogačar is the youngest rider to win the race since 1904. While the likes of the young Slovenian, Remco Evenepoel, Egan Bernal and Pavel Sivakov are all under 25, it would seem to be a jersey that will be fought out at the top of the overall standings.

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Super-combative prize

Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)

Not a classification like the other jerseys, this is a judge-awarded prize based off a subjective assessment of the most attacking rider at the Tour. Marc Hirschi completed a haul of the podium positions, taking second on Stage 2, third on Stage 9 and his maiden win on Stage 12. Long-range attacks and dare-devil descents characterised those stages, with a few crashes thrown in for good measure. 

He was part of a Sunweb team that lit up the race and was a good choice as the race's most combative rider, going up to the podium covered in bandages from his numerous falls during the race.