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. 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.[1]

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)
Editions67 (as of 2022)
First winner René Pichon (FRA)
Most wins2 wins:
 Marcel Dussault (FRA)
 Daniele Nardello (ITA)
 John Degenkolb (GER)
 Sam Bennett (IRL)
Most recent Jasper Philipsen (BEL)

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.

The RouteEdit

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.[2][3]


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
1992   Belgium Wilfried Nelissen Panasonic–Sportlife
1993   France Bruno Cornillet Novemail–Histor–Laser Computer
1994   Denmark Lars Michaelsen Catavana–A.S. Corbeil
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


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

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