Tour de Suisse

The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual road cycling stage race. Raced over eight days, the event covers two weekends in June, and along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, it is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is on the calendar approximately 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
Tour de Suisse logo.svg
Race details
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
History
First edition1933 (1933)
Editions85 (as of 2022)
First winner Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent Geraint Thomas (GBR)

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 Geraint Thomas, who won for the first time in 2022.

WinnersEdit

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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–
1945
No race
1946   Italy Gino Bartali
1947   Italy Gino Bartali
1948   Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1949   Switzerland Gottfried Weilenmann
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   West Germany Hans Junkermann
1960   Switzerland Alfred Rüegg
1961   Switzerland Attilio Moresi
1962   West 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 Brooklyn
1976   Netherlands Hennie Kuiper TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1977   Belgium Michel Pollentier Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978   Belgium Paul Wellens TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1979   Belgium Wilfried Wesemael TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1980   Italy Mario Beccia Hoonved–Bottecchia
1981   Switzerland Beat Breu Cilo–Aufina
1982   Italy Giuseppe Saronni Del Tongo
1983   Ireland Sean Kelly Sem–France Loire–Reydel–Mavic
1984   Switzerland Urs Zimmermann Cilo–Aufina–Crans–Montana
1985   Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic–Raleigh
1986   United States Andrew Hampsten La Vie Claire
1987   United States Andrew Hampsten 7-Eleven
1988   Austria Helmut Wechselberger Malvor–Bottecchia–Sidi
1989   Switzerland Beat Breu Domex–Weinmann
1990   Ireland Sean Kelly PDM–Concorde–Ultima
1991   Belgium Luc Roosen Tulip Computers
1992   Italy Giorgio Furlan Ariostea
1993   Italy Marco Saligari Ariostea
1994   Switzerland Pascal Richard GB–MG Maglificio
1995   Russia Pavel Tonkov Lampre–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   Italy Gilberto Simoni[a] Lampre–Daikin
2002   Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003   Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Team Telekom
2004   Germany Jan Ullrich T-Mobile Team
2005   Spain Aitor González Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006   Spain Koldo Gil[b] 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
2020 No race due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland
2021[5]   Ecuador Richard Carapaz Ineos Grenadiers
2022[6]   Great Britain Geraint Thomas Ineos Grenadiers

Multiple winnersEdit

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Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara   Italy 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler   Switzerland 3 1942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet   Switzerland 3 1950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa   Portugal 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali   Italy 2 1946, 1947
Hans Junkermann   West Germany 2 1959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger   Switzerland 2 1968, 1972
Beat Breu   Switzerland 2 1981, 1989
Sean Kelly   Ireland 2 1983, 1990
Andrew Hampsten   United States 2 1986, 1987
Simon Špilak   Slovenia 2 2015, 2017

By countryEdit

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Country Times won
  Switzerland 23
  Italy 20
  Belgium 8
  Germany/  West Germany 4
  Portugal
  Austria
  Spain
  United States
3
  Ireland
  France
  Russia
  Slovenia
  Australia
  Colombia
2
  Netherlands
  Kazakhstan
  Czech Republic
  Luxembourg
  Ecuador
  Great Britain
1

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The race was initially won by Lance Armstrong,[2] but he was stripped of this victory in October 2012.[3]
  2. ^ The race was initially won by Jan Ullrich, but he was stripped of this victory in February 2012.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TdS 2020, pp. 8–9.
  2. ^ TdS 2020, p. 8.
  3. ^ "Lance Armstrong: Governing body strips American of Tour wins". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ TdS 2020, p. 9.
  5. ^ Goddard, Ben (13 June 2021). "Richard Carapaz wins Tour de Suisse". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Geraint Thomas storms home as first British winner of Tour de Suisse". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. PA Media. 19 June 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  7. ^ TdS 2020, p. 12.
  8. ^ TdS 2020, p. 10.

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