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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
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
First edition1933 (1933)
Editions82 (as of 2018)
First winner Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent Richie Porte (AUS)

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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 won for the second time in 2017.

WinnersEdit

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

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
2
  Netherlands
  Kazakhstan
  Czech Republic
  Luxembourg
  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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