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Cholet-Pays de la Loire
Race details
RegionPays de la Loire, France
English nameGrand Prix Cholet-Pays de la Loire
Local name(s)Grand Prix Cholet-Pays de la Loire (in French)
Nickname(s)Primavera of the Mauges
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
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First edition1978 (1978)
Editions45 (as of 2024)
First winner Jacques Bossis (FRA)
Most wins Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) (3 wins)
Most recent Paul Lapeira (FRA)

Grand Prix Cholet-Pays de la Loire is a single-day road bicycle race held annually in March in Cholet, France. Since 2005, the race is organized as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour. It is often called Primavera of the Mauges due to its similarities with Belgian semi-classics because of the wind, short hills and some rain on the way to Cholet.

Name of the race

1978–1987: Grand Prix de Mauléon-Moulins
1988–1989: Grand Prix de Cholet-Mauléon-Moulins
1990–2007: Grand Prix de Cholet – Pays de Loire


Year Country Rider Team
1978  France Jacques Bossis Renault–Gitane
1979  France Pierre Bazzo La Redoute–Motobécane
1980  France Roger Legeay Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1981  France Roger Legeay Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1982  France Pierre Bazzo La Redoute–Mavic
1983  France Eric Dall'Armelina Sem–France Loire
1984  France Pascal Poisson Renault–Elf
1985  France Marc Madiot Renault–Elf
1986  France Dominique Lecrocq Système U
1987  France Frédéric Garnier Toshiba–Look
1988  Belgium Patrick Onnockx ADR–Enerday
1989  France Franck Boucanville Fagor–MBK
1990  Denmark Kim Andersen Z–Tomasso
1991  Belgium Sammie Moreels Lotto
1992  France Laurent Desbiens Collstrop–Garden Wood–Histor
1993  France Marc Bouillon Collstrop–Assur Carpets
1994  France Laurent Madouas Castorama
1995  Belgium Frank Vandenbroucke Mapei–GB
1996  France Stéphane Heulot GAN
1997  Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu Casino
1998  Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu Casino–Ag2r
1999  Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu Casino–Ag2r Prévoyance
2000  Germany Jens Voigt Crédit Agricole
2001  France Florent Brard Festina
2002  France Jimmy Casper Française des Jeux
2003  France Christophe Mengin
2004  Belgium Bert De Waele Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2005  France Pierrick Fédrigo Bouygues Télécom
2006  Australia Chris Sutton Cofidis
2007  France Stéphane Augé Cofidis
2008  Estonia Janek Tombak Mitsubishi–Jartazi
2009  Argentina Juan José Haedo Team Saxo Bank
2010  Colombia Leonardo Duque Cofidis
2011  France Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar
2012  France Arnaud Démare FDJ–BigMat
2013  France Damien Gaudin Team Europcar
2014  Belgium Tom Van Asbroeck Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2015  France Pierrick Fédrigo Bretagne–Séché Environnement
2016  France Rudy Barbier Roubaix–Métropole Européenne de Lille
2017 No race due to dispute between organisers and mayor of Cholet.[1][2]
2018  France Thomas Boudat Direct Énergie
2019  France Marc Sarreau Groupama–FDJ
2020 No race due to The COVID-19 pandemic
2021  Italy Elia Viviani Cofidis
2022  France Marc Sarreau AG2R Citroën Team
2023[3]  New Zealand Laurence Pithie Groupama–FDJ
2024  France Paul Lapeira Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale


  1. ^ "Cholet-Pays de Loire n'aura pas lieu – Actualité".
  2. ^ "Cholet-Pays de Loire de retour en 2018 - Actualité".
  3. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (19 March 2023). "Cholet - Pays de la Loire: New Zealander Pithie wins first race of career". Retrieved 20 March 2023.
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