Tour de Suisse

cycling road race held in Switzerland
Tour de Suisse
Tour de Suisse logo.svg
Date June
Region Switzerland
English name Tour of Switzerland
Local name(s) Tour de Suisse (French)
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Stage race
Organiser IMG
Race director Olivier Senn
First edition 1933 (1933)
Editions 80 (as of 2016)
First winner  Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent  Miguel Ángel López (COL)

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.

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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 Slovenian Simon Špilak, who gained the lead with a second place ride in the final time trial.

WinnersEdit

Rider Team
1933   Bulla, MaxMax Bulla (AUT)
1934   Geyer, LudwigLudwig Geyer (GER)
1935   Rinaldi, GaspardGaspard Rinaldi (FRA)
1936   Garnier, HenriHenri Garnier (BEL)
1937   Litschi, KarlKarl Litschi (SUI)
1938   Valetti, GiovanniGiovanni Valetti (ITA)
1939   Zimmermann, RobertRobert Zimmermann (SUI)
1940 No race
1941   Wagner, JosefJosef Wagner (SUI)
1942   Kubler, FerdinandFerdinand Kübler (SUI)
1943 No race
1944 No race
1945 No race
1946   Bartali, GinoGino Bartali (ITA)
1947   Bartali, GinoGino Bartali (ITA)
1948   Kubler, FerdinandFerdinand Kübler (SUI)
1949   Weilenmann, Jr., GottfriedGottfried Weilenmann, Jr. (SUI)
1950   Koblet, HugoHugo Koblet (SUI)
1951   Kubler, FerdinandFerdinand Kübler (SUI)
1952   Fornara, PasqualePasquale Fornara (ITA)
1953   Koblet, HugoHugo Koblet (SUI)
1954   Fornara, PasqualePasquale Fornara (ITA)
1955   Koblet, HugoHugo Koblet (SUI)
1956   Graf, RolfRolf Graf (SUI)
1957   Fornara, PasqualePasquale Fornara (ITA)
1958   Fornara, PasqualePasquale Fornara (ITA)
1959   Junkermann, HansHans Junkermann (GER)
1960   Ruegg, AlfredAlfred Ruegg (SUI)
1961   Moresi, AttilioAttilio Moresi (SUI)
1962   Junkermann, HansHans Junkermann (GER)
1963   Fezzardi, GiuseppeGiuseppe Fezzardi (ITA)
1964   Maurer, RolfRolf Maurer (SUI)
1965   Bitossi, FrancoFranco Bitossi (ITA)
1966   Portalupi, AmbrogioAmbrogio Portalupi (ITA)
1967   Motta, GianniGianni Motta (ITA) Molteni
1968   Pfenninger, LouisLouis Pfenninger (SUI)
1969   Adorni, VittorioVittorio Adorni (ITA)
1970   Poggiali, RobertoRoberto Poggiali (ITA)
1971   Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL)
1972   Pfenninger, LouisLouis Pfenninger (SUI)
1973   Fuente, Jose ManuelJosé-Manuel Fuente (ESP) Kas-Kaskol
1974   Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1975   De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Perfetti Van Melle
1976   Kuiper, HennieHennie Kuiper (NED) TI–Raleigh
1977   Pollentier, MichelMichel Pollentier (BEL) Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978   Wellens, PaulPaul Wellens (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1979   Wesemael, WilfriedWilfried Wesemael (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1980   Beccia, MarioMario Beccia (ITA) Hoonved
1981   Breu, BeatBeat Breu (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1982   Saronni, GiuseppeGiuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo
1983   Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) Sem-France Loire
1984   Zimmermann, UrsUrs Zimmermann (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1985   Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic
1986   Hampsten, AndrewAndrew Hampsten (USA) La Vie Claire
1987   Hampsten, AndrewAndrew Hampsten (USA) 7 Eleven Progetto Sunrise
1988   Wechselberger, HelmutHelmut Wechselberger (AUT) Malvor-Bottecchia-Sidi
1989   Breu, BeatBeat Breu (SUI) Domex-Weinmann
1990   Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) PDM-Concorde
1991   Roosen, LucLuc Roosen (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992   Furlan, GiorgioGiorgio Furlan (ITA) Ceramiche Ariostea
1993   Saligari, MarcoMarco Saligari (ITA) Ceramiche Ariostea
1994   Richard, PascalPascal Richard (SUI) GB-MG Maglificio
1995   Tonkov, PavelPavel Tonkov (RUS) Lampre-Ceramiche Panaria
1996   Luttenberger, PeterPeter Luttenberger (AUT) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997   Agnolutto, ChristopheChristophe Agnolutto (FRA) Casino
1998   Garzelli, StefanoStefano Garzelli (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
1999   Casagrande, FrancescoFrancesco Casagrande (ITA) Vini Caldirola
2000   Camenzind, OscarOscar Camenzind (SUI) Lampre–Daikin
2001   Armstrong, LanceLance Armstrong[1][2] (USA) US Postal-Berryfloor
2002   Zulle, AlexAlex Zülle (SUI) Team Coast
2003   Vinokourov, AlexandreAlexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom
2004   Ullrich, JanJan Ullrich (GER) T-Mobile Team
2005   Gonzalez, AitorAitor González (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006   Gil, KoldoKoldo Gil (ESP) Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007   Karpets, VladimirVladimir Karpets (RUS) Caisse d'Epargne
2008   Kreuziger, RomanRoman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas
2009   Cancellara, FabianFabian Cancellara (SUI) Team Saxo Bank
2010   Schleck, FränkFränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank
2011   Leipheimer, LeviLevi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
2012   Costa, RuiRui Costa (POR) Movistar Team
2013   Costa, RuiRui Costa (POR) Movistar Team
2014   Costa, RuiRui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida
2015   Špilak, SimonSimon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha
2016   López, Miguel ÁngelMiguel Ángel López (COL) Astana

By ridersEdit

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

Victories per countryEdit

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

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