Tour du Haut Var

The Tour du Haut Var (English: Tour of the Haut Var) is an early-season two-day road bicycle race in the Var department region in the south of France. Until 2008 it was run as a one-day race, part of the UCI Europe Tour. In 2009, the race transformed to a 2.1 event, raced over two days. Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk and France's Arthur Vichot hold the record with three wins.

Tour du Haut Var
Race details
RegionVar department
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
English nameTour of the Haut-Var
Local name(s)Tour du Haut-Var (in French)
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAssociation Sportive Seillanaise
Race directorMoïse Puginier
First edition1969 (1969)
Editions53 (as of 2021)
First winner Raymond Poulidor (FRA)
Most wins Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
 Arthur Vichot (FRA)
(3 wins)
Most recent Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)

The Tour du Haut Var is one of several stage races held in the hilly Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in February, alongside the Étoile de Bessèges, La Méditerranéenne and the Tour La Provence.[1] These early-season races are competed mainly by French teams and are considered preparations for Paris–Nice, the first European World Tour event in March.[1]


Year Country Rider Team
1969   France Raymond Poulidor Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1970   France René Grelin Frimatic-De Gribaldy
1971   France Désiré Letort Bic
1972   Belgium Frans Verbeeck Watneys-Avia
1973   Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk Gitane-Frigécrème
1974   Netherlands Gerben Karstens Bic
1975   France Raymond Delisle Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1976   Belgium Frans Verbeeck IJsboerke-Colnago
1977   France Bernard Thevenet Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1978   Belgium Freddy Maertens Flandria–Velda–Lano
1979   Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk Miko-Mercier
1980   France Pascal Simon Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1981   France Jacques Bossis Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982   Ireland Sean Kelly Sem-France Loire
1983   Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk Coop-Mercier
1984   France Eric Caritoux Skil-Reydel
1985   France Charly Mottet Renault-Elf
1986   France Pascal Simon Peugeot-Shell-Velo Talbot
1987   West Germany Rolf Gölz Superconfex-Yoko
1988   Belgium Luc Roosen Roland
1989   France Gerard Rué Super U-Raleigh-Fiat
1990   France Luc Leblanc Castorama
1991   France Eric Caritoux RMO
1992   France Gerard Rué Castorama
1993   France Thierry Claveyrolat GAN
1994   France Laurent Brochard Castorama
1995   Italy Marco Lietti MG Maglificio-Technogym
1996    Switzerland Bruno Boscardin Festina–Lotus
1997   Italy Rodolfo Massi Casino
1998   France Laurent Jalabert ONCE
1999   Italy Davide Rebellin Polti
2000   Italy Daniele Nardello Mapei–Quick-Step
2001   Italy Daniele Nardello Mapei–Quick-Step
2002   France Laurent Jalabert CSC–Tiscali
2003   France Sylvain Chavanel Brioches La Boulangère
2004   Netherlands Marc Lotz Rabobank
2005   Belgium Philippe Gilbert Française des Jeux
2006   Italy Leonardo Bertagnolli Cofidis
2007   Italy Filippo Pozzato Liquigas
2008   Italy Davide Rebellin Gerolsteiner
2009   France Thomas Voeckler Bbox Bouygues Telecom
2010   France Christophe Le Mével Française des Jeux
2011   France Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar
2012   Great Britain Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Endura Racing
2013   France Arthur Vichot FDJ
2014   Colombia Carlos Betancur Ag2r–La Mondiale
2015   Luxembourg Ben Gastauer AG2R La Mondiale
2016   France Arthur Vichot FDJ
2017   France Arthur Vichot FDJ
2018   France Jonathan Hivert Direct Énergie
2019   France Thibaut Pinot Groupama–FDJ
2020   Colombia Nairo Quintana Arkéa–Samsic
2021   Italy Gianluca Brambilla Trek–Segafredo


  1. ^ a b "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

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