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Race details
DateEarly October
RegionCentre, France
English nameParis–Bourges
Local name(s)Paris–Bourges (in French)
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
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First edition1913 (1913)
Editions68 (as of 2023)
First winner René Pichon (FRA)
Most wins2 wins:
 Marcel Dussault (FRA)
 Daniele Nardello (ITA)
 John Degenkolb (GER)
 Sam Bennett (IRL)
Most recent Arnaud Démare (FRA)

Paris–Bourges is a French road bicycle race. The race originally started in Paris and ran to the town of Bourges in the Région Centre.[1] However, in recent year with the length of races shortened it has become impossible to link the two cities and since 1996 the race has started in the town of Gien in the Loiret department which is 130 kilometres (80 mi) south of Paris. The official name of the race is now Paris-Gien-Bourges although it is still referred to as Paris–Bourges on the UCI calendar and throughout much of the media.[2]

The first race was run in 1913, and won by René Pichon and it has been an annual event since 1990. Since 1949, it has been for professionals, after previously being an amateur race. It is held as a 1.1 event in the UCI Europe Tour. It previously featured as the last of the French Road Cycling Cup series of races.[3]

6 August 1922: Paris–Bourges departure in Chartres

The route

The modern version of the race takes place over a distance of approximately 190 km with the middle part climbing the hills of the Sancerrois region including the three classified climbs of the Cote de Jars (324 metres), Cote de Graveron (337 metres) and La Chapelotte (378 metres), these climbs decide the mountains prize. Because of their modest height and distance from the finish (La Chapelotte is 35 km from the finish), these hills very rarely have a decisive effect on the race. The race usually concludes with a bunch sprint on the Boulevard de la République in Bourges. Only two riders have won solo in recent editions and denied the sprinters, these were Thomas Voeckler (2006) and Florian Vachon in 2012.[4][5]

4 October 2012: Paris–Gien–Bourges race


Year Country Rider Team
1913  France René Pichon individual
No race
1917  Belgium Charles Juseret individual
No race
1922  France Marcel Godard individual
1923  France Jean Brunier J.B. Louvet-Soly
1924  France Marcel Bidot La Française–Diamant–Dunlop
1925  France Gaston Deschamps individual
No race
1947  France Albert Bourlon Peugeot–Dunlop
1948  France Marcel Dussault Stella–Dunlop
1949  France Marcel Dussault Stella–Dunlop
1950  France Amand Audaire Gitane–Hutchinson
1951  France Jean-Marie Goasmat Helyett–Hutchinson
1952  France Stanislas Bober Alcyon–Dunlop
1953  France Robert Varnajo Gitane–Hutchinson
1954  France Jean Stablinski Gitane–Hutchinson
1955  France Jean-Marie Cieleska Gitane–Hutchinson
1956  France Joseph Morvan Arrow–Hutchinson
1957  France Raymond Guegan Essor–Leroux
No race
1971  France Walter Ricci Sonolor–Lejeune
1972  France Cyrille Guimard Gan–Mercier–Hutchinson
1973  France Roland Berland Bic
1974  Great Britain Barry Hoban Gan–Mercier–Hutchinson
1975  France Jean-Pierre Danguillaume Peugeot–BP–Michelin
1976  France Jean-Luc Molinéris Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1977  France Régis Delépine Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1978  France Régis Ovion Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1979  France Jean-René Bernaudeau Renault–Gitane
1980  France Yves Hézard Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1981  France Francis Castaing Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1982  France Didier Vanoverschelde La Redoute–Motobécane
1983  Ireland Stephen Roche Peugeot–Shell–Michelin
1984  Ireland Sean Kelly Skil–Reydel
1985   Switzerland Niki Rüttimann La Vie Claire
1986  France Dominique Lecrocq Système U
1987  Denmark Kim Andersen Toshiba–Look
1988  France Patrice Esnault R.M.O.
1989 No race
1990  France Laurent Jalabert Toshiba
1991  Soviet Union Andrei Tchmil S.E.F.B.–Saxon–Gan
1992  Belgium Wilfried Nelissen Panasonic–Sportlife
1993  France Bruno Cornillet Novemail–Histor–Laser Computer
1994  Denmark Lars Michaelsen Catavana–AS Corbeil–Essonnes–Cedico
1995  Italy Daniele Nardello Mapei–GB–Latexco
1996  Netherlands Tristan Hoffman TVM–Farm Frites
1997  France Laurent Roux TVM–Farm Frites
1998  Belgium Ludo Dierckxsens Lotto–Mobistar
1999  Italy Daniele Nardello Mapei–Quick-Step
2000  France Laurent Brochard Jean Delatour
2001  France Florent Brard Festina
2002  Denmark Allan Johansen Team Fakta
2003  Germany Jens Voigt Crédit Agricole
2004  France Jérôme Pineau Brioches La Boulangère
2005  Denmark Lars Bak Team CSC
2006  France Thomas Voeckler Bouygues Télécom
2007  France Romain Feillu Agritubel
2008  Austria Bernhard Eisel Team Columbia
2009  Germany André Greipel Team Columbia–HTC
2010  France Anthony Ravard Ag2r–La Mondiale
2011  Australia Mathew Hayman Team Sky
2012  France Florian Vachon Bretagne–Schuller
2013  Germany John Degenkolb Argos–Shimano
2014  Germany John Degenkolb Giant–Shimano
2015  Ireland Sam Bennett Bora–Argon 18
2016  Ireland Sam Bennett Bora–Argon 18
2017  France Rudy Barbier AG2R La Mondiale
2018  France Valentin Madouas Groupama–FDJ
2019  France Marc Sarreau Groupama–FDJ
2020 No race due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021  Belgium Jordi Meeus Bora–Hansgrohe
2022  Belgium Jasper Philipsen Alpecin–Deceuninck
2023  France Arnaud Démare Arkéa–Samsic


  1. ^ "Paris-Bourges (Fra) - Cat.1.1". (in French).
  2. ^ (Accessed Oct 7 2016) Archived 2018-03-12 at the Wayback Machine Details amended route and name.
  3. ^ "Paris - Bourges". 2023.
  4. ^ Veloclub La presentation de la course (in French)(Accessed Oct 7 2017)
  5. ^ "Official Site Itinerie (Accessed Oct 7 2017)". Archived from the original on 2018-03-12. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
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