Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin

The Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin was the longest running UCI event on the women's elite cycle racing calendar.[1] It had been held annually in the Aude region of south-central France since 1985 until its cancellation after the 2010 edition. The race began when Jean Thomas, who organized men's events, turned to a major women's tour. The initial race was four days long around one city. The race grew in length and prestige until it attracted many of the top riders in the world. By 2006, the race was 10 days long.[2] Following Thomas' death, the race was organized by his daughter, Anne-Marie Thomas. However, after the 2010 race, a lack of sponsorship led to the race's cancellation.[3]

Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
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Race details
TypeStage race
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First edition1985 (1985)
Editions26 (as of 2010)
First winner Janelle Parks (USA)
Most wins6 riders with 2 wins
Most recent Emma Pooley (GBR)

Leaders' jerseysEdit

Race leaders in 6 different categories receive colored jerseys to wear while racing. Jerseys are awarded at the completion of each stage and are worn until a new racer is awarded the jersey. The colors for the different competition leaders are as follows:[4]

  General classification leader
  Points classification leader
  Mountains classification leader
  Under-23 rider classification leader
  Sprints classification leader
  Stage-winner's jersey[5]


Year Distance
NoS 1st place team 2nd place team 3rd place team
1985   Janelle Parks (USA)   Denise Burton (GBR)   Imelda Chiappa (ITA)
1986   Phillis Hines (USA)   Virginie Lafargue (FRA)   A. Yakovleva (URS)
1987   Maria Canins (ITA)   T. Poliakova (URS)   Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1988   Jeannie Longo (FRA)   Maria Canins (ITA)   Lisa Brambani (GBR)
1989   Cécile Odin (FRA)   N. Kibardina (URS)   S. Neil (CAN)
1990   Catherine Marsal (FRA)   Leontien van Moorsel (NED)   D. Kelly (CAN)
1991   Leontien van Moorsel (NED)   Catherine Marsal (FRA)   Inga Thompson (USA)
1992   Julie Young (USA)   Paola Turcutto (ITA)   Inga Thompson (USA)
1993   Jeannie Longo (FRA) (2)   Leontien van Moorsel (NED)   Marion Clignet (FRA)
1994   Catherine Marsal (FRA) (2)   Rasa Polikevičiūtė (LIT)   Aleksandra Koliaseva (RUS)
1995   Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)   Rasa Polikevičiūtė (LIT)   Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)
1996   Aleksandra Koliaseva (RUS)   Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)   Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1997   Linda Jackson (CAN)   Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)   Heidi van de Vijver (BEL)
1998   Fabiana Luperini (ITA)   Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)   Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1999   Lyne Bessette (CAN)   Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)   Heidi van de Vijver (BEL)
2000   Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)   Mirjam Melchers (NED)   Geraldine Loewenguth (FRA)
2001   Lyne Bessette (CAN) (2)   Judith Arndt (GER)   Susanne Ljungskog (SWE)
2002   Judith Arndt (GER)   Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)   Edita Pučinskaitė (LIT)
2003   Judith Arndt (GER) (2) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Lyne Bessette (CAN)   Susanne Ljungskog (SWE)
2004   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Judith Arndt (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Kim Bruckner (USA) T-Mobile Women
2005   Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Kristin Armstrong (USA) USA National Team
2006   Amber Neben (USA) (2) Team Flexpoint   Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) Team Flexpoint   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2007   Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) Team Flexpoint   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Judith Arndt (GER) T-Mobile Women
2008   Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) (2) Menikini-Selle Italia   Judith Arndt (GER) Team High Road Women   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2009   Claudia Häusler (GER) Cervélo TestTeam   Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung   Marianne Vos (NED) DSB Bank
2010   Emma Pooley (GBR) Cervélo TestTeam   Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team   Emma Johansson (SWE) Red Sun Cycling Team

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Pooley leads Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin". VeloNews. 21 May 2010.
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  3. ^ "A Need for Expansion". VeloNews. March 2011. p. 56. Archived from the original on 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  4. ^ "Tour de l'Aude: Teutenberg gets number 21 as Pooley takes the race".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2010-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)