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The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual cycling stage race in Switzerland. Raced over nine days, the event covers two weekends in the latter half of June. Along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, it is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is on the calendar two weeks after the end of the Tour de Suisse. Since 2011 the event is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest level of professional races.

Tour de Suisse
2019 Tour de Suisse
Tour de Suisse logo.svg
DateJune
RegionSwitzerland
English nameTour of Switzerland
Local name(s)Tour de Suisse (in French)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserIMG
Race directorOlivier Senn
Web sitewww.tourdesuisse.ch Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1933 (1933)
Editions82 (as of 2018)
First winner Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent Egan Bernal (COL)

HistoryEdit

The race was first held in 1933 and has evolved in timing, duration and sponsorship. Like the Tour de France and the Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse has several stages with significant mountain climbs in the Swiss Alps and at least one individual time trial. Several winners of the Tour de Suisse have also won the Tour de France, including Eddy Merckx and Jan Ullrich. In 2005 the Tour de Suisse was included in the inaugural UCI Pro Tour and organizers moved the race to earlier in June.

The first winner of the race was Austrian Max Bulla in the 1933 edition. The rider with most wins is Italian Pasquale Fornara with 4 wins in the 1950s. The most recent winner is Colombian egan Bernal, who won for the first time in 2019.

WinnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1933   Austria Max Bulla
1934   Germany Ludwig Geyer
1935   France Gaspard Rinaldi
1936   Belgium Henri Garnier
1937    Switzerland Karl Litschi
1938   Italy Giovanni Valetti
1939    Switzerland Robert Zimmermann
1940 No race
1941    Switzerland Josef Wagner
1942    Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1943 No race
1944 No race
1945 No race
1946   Italy Gino Bartali
1947   Italy Gino Bartali
1948    Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1949    Switzerland Gottfried Weilenmann, Jr.
1950    Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1951    Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1952   Italy Pasquale Fornara
1953    Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1954   Italy Pasquale Fornara
1955    Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1956    Switzerland Rolf Graf
1957   Italy Pasquale Fornara
1958   Italy Pasquale Fornara
1959   Germany Hans Junkermann
1960    Switzerland Alfred Ruegg
1961    Switzerland Attilio Moresi
1962   Germany Hans Junkermann
1963   Italy Giuseppe Fezzardi
1964    Switzerland Rolf Maurer
1965   Italy Franco Bitossi
1966   Italy Ambrogio Portalupi
1967   Italy Gianni Motta Molteni
1968    Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1969   Italy Vittorio Adorni
1970   Italy Roberto Poggiali
1971   Belgium Georges Pintens
1972    Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1973   Spain José-Manuel Fuente Kas-Kaskol
1974   Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni
1975   Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Perfetti Van Melle
1976   Netherlands Hennie Kuiper TI–Raleigh
1977   Belgium Michel Pollentier Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978   Belgium Paul Wellens TI–Raleigh
1979   Belgium Wilfried Wesemael TI–Raleigh
1980   Italy Mario Beccia Hoonved
1981    Switzerland Beat Breu Cilo-Aufina
1982   Italy Giuseppe Saronni Del Tongo
1983   Ireland Sean Kelly Sem-France Loire
1984    Switzerland Urs Zimmermann Cilo-Aufina
1985   Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic
1986   United States Andrew Hampsten La Vie Claire
1987   United States Andrew Hampsten 7 Eleven Progetto Sunrise
1988   Austria Helmut Wechselberger Malvor-Bottecchia-Sidi
1989    Switzerland Beat Breu Domex-Weinmann
1990   Ireland Sean Kelly PDM-Concorde
1991   Belgium Luc Roosen Tulip Computers
1992   Italy Giorgio Furlan Ceramiche Ariostea
1993   Italy Marco Saligari Ceramiche Ariostea
1994    Switzerland Pascal Richard GB-MG Maglificio
1995   Russia Pavel Tonkov Lampre-Ceramiche Panaria
1996   Austria Peter Luttenberger Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997   France Christophe Agnolutto Casino
1998   Italy Stefano Garzelli Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
1999   Italy Francesco Casagrande Vini Caldirola
2000    Switzerland Oscar Camenzind Lampre–Daikin
2001   United States Lance Armstrong[1][2] US Postal-Berryfloor
2002    Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003   Kazakhstan Alexandre Vinokourov Team Telekom
2004   Germany Jan Ullrich T-Mobile Team
2005   Spain Aitor González Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006   Spain Koldo Gil Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007   Russia Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne
2008   Czech Republic Roman Kreuziger Liquigas
2009    Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank
2010   Luxembourg Fränk Schleck Team Saxo Bank
2011   United States Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack
2012   Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2013   Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2014   Portugal Rui Costa Lampre–Merida
2015   Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha
2016   Colombia Miguel Ángel López Astana
2017   Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018   Australia Richie Porte BMC Racing Team
2019   Colombia Egan Bernal Team Ineos

By rider (two or more wins)Edit

Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara   ITA 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler    SUI 3 1942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet    SUI 3 1950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa   POR 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali   ITA 2 1946, 1947
Hans Junkermann   GER 2 1959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger    SUI 2 1968, 1972
Andrew Hampsten   USA 2 1986, 1987
Sean Kelly   IRL 2 1983, 1990
Simon Špilak   SLO 2 2015, 2017

Victories per countryEdit

Country Times won
   Switzerland 23
  Italy 19
  Belgium 8
  Germany 4
  Portugal
  Austria
  Spain
  United States
3
  Ireland
  France
  Russia
  Slovenia
  Australia
  Colombia
2
  Netherlands
  Kazakhstan
  Czech Republic
  Luxembourg
1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lance Armstrong: Governing body strips American of Tour wins". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Union Cycliste Internationale".

External linksEdit