does anyone know who won the most stages in a single Tour de France without winning the overall race in the same year?

The most common question I see is, who won the Tour de France without winning a single stage but my question is the opposite.


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A bit of searching turns up a tie. In the 1930 Tour Charles Pélissier won 8 stages but the overall winner was André Leducq who only won 2 individual stages. In the 1976 Tour Freddy Maertens won 8 stages but the overall winner was Lucien Van Impe.

The only other cyclist to have won 8 stages in a single tour was, naturally, Eddie Merckx in the 1970 Tour but in that case he, also naturally, won the overall.

  • It's not a tie if either Pelissier or Maertens had the most days in the yellow jersey.
    – Christine
    Jul 16, 2022 at 17:22
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    @Christine The question isn't about days in yellow, it's simply about stage wins.
    – DavidW
    Jul 16, 2022 at 17:57
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    @Christine To actually answer your question instead of dismissing it as out of scope: Charles Pélissier only was in the yellow jersey for 1 stage. Freddy Maertens was in the yellow jersey for 10 stages, though a number of those were half-stages. He also wore the green jersey for the entire Tour, so depending on how you interpret "winning the tour", he may not count.
    – Nzall
    Jul 16, 2022 at 18:57

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