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buckle up for this crazy cycling story! So, back in 1981 during the Vuelta a España, there was this stage 15b individual time trial that turned into a real head-scratcher.

The race was going down in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and the course was a flat 28-kilometer stretch. Now, here's where things get weird. José Luis Navarro, a super talented Spanish cyclist and a favorite for this stage, basically vanished into thin air.

Picture this: Navarro, riding for the Teka team, starts the time trial, and then poof he's gone! No one could find him or his bike anywhere on the course. It's like he vanished into some cycling Bermuda Triangle.

Of course, this whole disappearing act got people's minds spinning. People came up with all sorts of wild theories. Maybe he got injured or had some mechanical issue that made him drop out without anyone noticing. Or perhaps he had some secret reason to ditch the race. Who knows?

The race organizers and authorities launched a full-on investigation, but they never found any concrete answers. Navarro just evaporated from the time trial, and that's that.

Now, here's the funny thing: Navarro didn't just retire from cycling after this incident. Nope, he kept on riding in other races in the following years. But the unsolved mystery of the stage 15b time trial in the 1981 Vuelta a España remains, leaving cycling fans scratching their heads and wondering what the heck happened.
After reading this story I got intrigued and started doing my own research. There is nothing on google about this specific incident in the 1981 Vuelta, his name isn't on the Teka squad that rode said Vuelta. I even asked ChatGPT to no avail.

Couldn't they solve the mystery by asking him?

Maybe it is a myth.
 
Are there other riders than David Millar who have worn all four TdF leader's jerseys at one point.

Yellow: Won opening TT in 2000 and wore it on stages 2, 3 and 4
Green: Wore it in 2003 after finishing second in prologue
Polka-dot: Wore it 2007 on stages 2 and 3.
White: Wore it in three stages (1, 10, 11) in 2002.

Pogacar hasn't worn green so far. With the point system obviously favouring sprinters, the best bet for him would be to get second place on the first stage.

He has won other three jerseys and worn all of them.

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Are there other riders than David Millar who have worn all four TdF leader's jerseys at one point.

Yellow: Won opening TT in 2000 and wore it on stages 2, 3 and 4
Green: Wore it in 2003 after finishing second in prologue
Polka-dot: Wore it 2007 on stages 2 and 3.
White: Wore it in three stages (1, 10, 11) in 2002.

Pogacar hasn't worn green so far. With the point system obviously favouring sprinters, the best bet for him would be to get second place on the first stage.

He has won other three jerseys and worn all of them.

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I would guess there are a few but the one coming to my mind immediately is Alaphilippe.

He of course won the polka dots in 2018
He wore yellow in 2019, 2020 and 2021
He wore white in 2016
He wore green in 2021
 
Are there other riders than David Millar who have worn all four TdF leader's jerseys at one point.

Yellow: Won opening TT in 2000 and wore it on stages 2, 3 and 4
Green: Wore it in 2003 after finishing second in prologue
Polka-dot: Wore it 2007 on stages 2 and 3.
White: Wore it in three stages (1, 10, 11) in 2002.

Pogacar hasn't worn green so far. With the point system obviously favouring sprinters, the best bet for him would be to get second place on the first stage.

He has won other three jerseys and worn all of them.

Laurent Jalabert
Yellow - Wore in 1996 and 2000
Green - Won in 1992 and 1995
Polka Dot - Won in 2001 and 2002
White - Wore in 1991 Edit: he led the young rider competition in 1991 but there was no white jersey
 
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Well, Mercx won yellow, polka dots and green in 1969. The only reason he didn't win white was because the competition didn't exist at the time.
He obviously also won the combination competition. And the compativity competition. He didn't win the sprint competition, though.
 
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Well, Mercx won yellow, polka dots and green in 1969. The only reason he didn't win white was because the competition didn't exist at the time.
He obviously also won the combination competition. And the compativity competition. He didn't win the spring competition, though.

And Bernard Hinault never won the white jersey even though he won the tour at age 23 and 24 and the young-rider competition actually existed at the time.
 
Has one of the Yates brothers ever won the polka dots jersey? They both won white, Adam has worn yellow multiple times, he was leading the green jersey competition this year too, though it was worn by Simon. But I can't find anything about them ever leading in the kom competition.
 
Well, Mercx won yellow, polka dots and green in 1969. The only reason he didn't win white was because the competition didn't exist at the time.
He obviously also won the combination competition. And the compativity competition. He didn't win the spring competition, though.

What is a spring competition? How can there be a such in a race held in summer?
 
Pog and JV have started 49 tour stages together. They have been 1st and 2nd in the standings 20 of those times.
Likely to be over 50% by the end of this tour.

And of those 49 stages, Vingegaard has only beaten Pogacar 11 times, 3 of those in the past five days (I guess Pogi's wrist makes him a little less aggressive in the battle for position on the sprint stages - he was quite shockingly outside top 50 on stage 3 which practically never happens for him). So, in the first 44 stages, it was 36-8.
 
I would guess there are a few but the one coming to my mind immediately is Alaphilippe.

He of course won the polka dots in 2018
He wore yellow in 2019, 2020 and 2021
He wore white in 2016
He wore green in 2021

Alaphilippe and Millar have also both worn the red combativity number. And they have both been on teams that have led the team classification: Garmin-Cervelo 2011 and Quick-Step 2018
 
Tadej Pogačar has finished Top-6 in 22 of the 24 professional (.1 or higher) stage races he has contested in his career. The two times he missed out were the 2018 Tour of Croatia and the 2019 Tour Down Under where he finished 13th. He currently holds streaks of 20 consecutive Top-6 results, 18 consecutive Top-4s and 12 consecutive podium finishes in stage races.
He also has a 54% win rate in pro stage races,