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Tour de l'Avenir

Tour de l'Avenir
Race details
DateAugust (men)
September (women)
RegionFrance
English nameTour of the Future
Local name(s)Tour de l'Avenir (in French)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Nations Cup
TypeStage race
OrganiserAlpes Vélo
Race directorPhilippe Colliou
Web sitetourdelavenir.com Edit this at Wikidata
History (men)
First edition1961 (1961)
Editions59 (as of 2023)
First winner Guido De Rosso (ITA)
Most wins Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS) (2 wins)
Most recent Isaac del Toro (MEX)
History (women)
First edition2023 (2023)
First winner Shirin van Anrooij (NED)

Tour de l'Avenir (English: Tour of the Future) is a French road bicycle racing stage race, which started in 1961[1] as a race similar to the Tour de France and over much of the same course but for amateurs and for semi-professionals known as independents. Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg LeMond, Miguel Induráin, Laurent Fignon, Egan Bernal, and Tadej Pogačar won the Tour de l'Avenir and went on to win 15 Tours de France, with an additional 10 podium placings between them.

The race was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, the editor of L'Équipe,[2] to attract teams from the Soviet Union and other communist nations that had no professional riders to enter the Tour de France.

Until 1967, it took place earlier the same day as some of the stages of the Tour de France and shared the latter part of each stage's route, but moved to September and a separate course from 1968 onwards.[3] It became the Grand Prix de l'Avenir in 1970, the Trophée Peugeot de l'Avenir from 1972 to 1979 and the Tour de la Communauté Européenne from 1986 to 1990. It was restricted to amateurs from 1961 to 1980, before opening to professionals in 1981. After 1992, it was open to all riders who were less than 25 years old.[2]

Since 2007 it is for riders aged 18 to 22 inclusive, and is held part of the UCI Nations Cup.[4][5] National teams take part in the race rather than trade teams.

Women

From 2023, a women's edition of the race (Tour de l'Avenir Femmes) was held following the men, taking place over 5 days.[6] As with the men's race, national teams take part in the race.[7]

Winners

Men

Year Country Rider Team
1961  Italy Guido De Rosso
1962  Spain Antonio Gómez del Moral
1963  France André Zimmermann
1964  Italy Felice Gimondi
1965  Spain Mariano Díaz
1966  Italy Mino Denti
1967  France Christian Robini
1968  France Jean-Pierre Boulard
1969  Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk
1970  France Marcel Duchemin
1971  France Régis Ovion
1972  Netherlands Fedor den Hertog
1973  Italy Gianbattista Baronchelli
1974  Spain Enrique Martinez Heredia
1975 No race
1976  Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson
1977  Belgium Eddy Schepers
1978  Soviet Union Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov
1979  Soviet Union Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov
1980  Colombia Alfonso Florez
1981  France Pascal Simon Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1982  United States Greg LeMond Renault–Elf
1983  East Germany Olaf Ludwig East Germany (national team)
1984  France Charly Mottet Renault–Elf
1985  Colombia Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia–Varta–Mavic
1986  Spain Miguel Induráin Reynolds
1987  France Marc Madiot Système U
1988  France Laurent Fignon Système U
1989  France Pascal Lino RMO
1990  Belgium Johan Bruyneel Lotto–Superclub
1991 No race
1992  France Hervé Garel RMO–Onet
1993  France Thomas Davy Castorama
1994  Spain Ángel Casero Banesto
1995  France Emmanuel Magnien Castorama
1996  Spain David Etxebarría ONCE
1997  France Laurent Roux TVM–Farm Frites
1998  France Christophe Rinero Cofidis
1999  Spain Unai Osa Banesto
2000  Spain Iker Flores Euskaltel–Euskadi
2001  Russia Denis Menchov iBanesto.com
2002  Russia Evgeni Petrov Mapei–Quick-Step
2003  Spain Egoi Martínez Euskaltel–Euskadi
2004  France Sylvain Calzati R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover
2005  Denmark Lars Bak Team CSC
2006  Spain Moisés Dueñas Agritubel
2007  Netherlands Bauke Mollema Rabobank Continental Team
2008  Belgium Jan Bakelants Belgium (national team)
2009  France Romain Sicard France (national team)
2010  Colombia Nairo Quintana Colombia (national team)
2011  Colombia Esteban Chaves Colombia (national team)
2012  France Warren Barguil France (national team)
2013  Spain Rubén Fernández Spain (national team)
2014  Colombia Miguel Ángel López Colombia (national team)
2015  Spain Marc Soler Spain (national team)
2016  France David Gaudu France (national team)
2017  Colombia Egan Bernal Colombia (national team)
2018  Slovenia Tadej Pogačar Slovenia (national team)
2019  Norway Tobias Foss Norway (national team)
2020 No race due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021  Norway Tobias Halland Johannessen Norway (national team)
2022  Belgium Cian Uijtdebroeks Belgium (national team)
2023  Mexico Isaac del Toro Mexico (national team)

Women

Year Country Rider Team
2023  Netherlands Shirin van Anrooij The Netherlands (national team)

References

  1. ^ [1] Archived November 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "le RDV des fans de cyclisme, vélo, velo, cycling, cyclo, piste, VTT". Velo-club.net. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  3. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir". Éditions Larousse. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  4. ^ Tour de l'Avenir: Un Costaricain premier leader
  5. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir Sortir43.com Haute Loire". Sortir43.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  6. ^ "Accueil". Tour de l'Avenir Femmes (in French). Retrieved 2024-04-07.
  7. ^ Costa, Andrea (2023-07-17). "Le Tour de l'Avenir aussi au féminin". Tour de l'Avenir 2023 (in French). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
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