Tour de Suisse

Tour de Suisse
Race details
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.


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.


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

By riders

Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara ITA41952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler  SUI31942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet  SUI31950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa POR32012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali ITA21946, 1947
Hans Junkermann GER21959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger  SUI21968, 1972
Andy Hampsten USA21986, 1987
Sean Kelly IRL21983, 1990

Victories per country

Country Times won
  Switzerland 23
 Italy 19
 Belgium 8
 Germany 4
 United States
 Czech Republic

See also


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