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Tour de l'Avenir (English: Tour of the Future) is a French road bicycle racing stage race, which started in 1961[1] as a race similar to the Tour de France and over much of the same course but for amateurs and for semi-professionals known as independents. Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain and Laurent Fignon won the Tour de l'Avenir and went on to win 12 Tours de France between them.

Tour de l'Avenir
Tour de l'Avenir logo.svg
Date August
Region France
English name Tour of the Future
Local name(s) Tour de l'Avenir (in French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Nations Cup
Type Stage race
Organiser Alpes Vélo
Race director Philippe Colliou
First edition 1961 (1961)
Editions 54 (as of 2017)
First winner  Guido De Rosso (ITA)
Most wins  Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS) (2 wins)
Most recent  Egan Bernal (COL)

The race was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, the editor of L'Équipe,[2] to attract teams from the Soviet Union and other communist nations that had no professional riders to enter the Tour de France. Until 1967, it took place earlier the same day as some of the stages of the Tour de France and shared the latter part of each stage's route, but moved to September and a separate course from 1968 onwards.[3] It became the Grand Prix de l'Avenir in 1970, the Trophée Peugeot de l'Avenir from 1972 to 1979 and the Tour de la Communauté Européenne from 1986 to 1990. It was restricted to amateurs from 1961 to 1980, before opening to professionals in 1981. After 1992, it was open to all riders of less than 25.[2] Since 2007 it is for riders 23 or younger.[4][5]

Since 2007, the tour has been a national team competition.

WinnersEdit

Rider Team
1961   Guido De Rosso (ITA)
1962   Antonio Gomez del Moral (ESP)
1963   André Zimmermann (FRA)
1964   Felice Gimondi (ITA)
1965   Mariano Diaz (ESP)
1966   Mino Denti (ITA)
1967   Christian Robini (FRA)
1968   Jean-Pierre Boulard (FRA)
1969   Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
1970   Marcel Duchemin (FRA)
1971   Régis Ovion (FRA)
1972   Fedor den Hertog (NED)
1973   Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
1974   Enrique Martinez Heredia (ESP)
1975 No race
1976   Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE)
1977   Eddy Schepers (BEL)
1978   Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1979   Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1980   Alfonso Florez (COL)
1981   Pascal Simon (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982   Greg LeMond (USA) Renault-Elf
1983   Olaf Ludwig (DDR) East Germany (national team)
1984   Charly Mottet (FRA) Renault-Elf
1985   Martín Ramírez (COL)
1986   Miguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987   Marc Madiot (FRA) Système U
1988   Laurent Fignon (FRA) Système U
1989   Pascal Lino (FRA) RMO
1990   Johan Bruyneel (BEL) Lotto–Superclub
1991 No race
1992   Hervé Garel (FRA) RMO–Onet
1993   Thomas Davy (FRA) Castorama
1994   Angel Casero (ESP) Banesto
1995   Emmanuel Magnien (FRA) Castorama
1996   David Etxebarría (ESP) ONCE
1997   Laurent Roux (FRA) TVM–Farm Frites
1998   Christophe Rinero (FRA) Cofidis
1999   Unai Osa (ESP) Banesto
2000   Iker Flores (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2001   Denis Menchov (RUS) iBanesto.com
2002   Evgeni Petrov (RUS) Mapei–Quick-Step
2003   Egoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2004   Sylvain Calzati (FRA) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover
2005   Lars Bak (DEN) Team CSC
2006   Moisés Dueñas (ESP) Agritubel
2007   Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2008   Jan Bakelants (BEL) Belgium (national team)
2009   Romain Sicard (FRA) France (national team)
2010   Nairo Quintana (COL) Colombia (national team)
2011   Esteban Chaves (COL) Colombia (national team)
2012   Warren Barguil (FRA) France (national team)
2013   Rubén Fernández (ESP) Spain (national team)
2014   Miguel Ángel López (COL) Colombia (national team)
2015   Marc Soler (ESP) Spain (national team)
2016   David Gaudu (FRA) France (national team)
2017   Egan Bernal (COL) Colombia (national team)
2018   Tadej Pogačar (SLO) Slovenia (national team)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Archived November 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "le RDV des fans de cyclisme, vélo, velo, cycling, cyclo, piste, VTT". Velo-club.net. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir". Éditions Larousse. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Tour de l'Avenir: Un Costaricain premier leader
  5. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir Sortir43.com Haute Loire". Sortir43.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 

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