Tour de l'Avenir

Tour de l'Avenir
Race details
Date September
Region France
English name Tour of the Future
Local name(s) Tour de l'Avenir (French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Nations Cup
Type Stage race
Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation
First edition 1961 (1961)
Editions 53 (as of 2016)
First winner  Guido De Rosso (ITA)
Most wins  Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS) (2 wins)
Most recent  David Gaudu (FRA)

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[2] and went on to win 12 Tours de France between them.

The race was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, the editor of L'Equipe,[3] 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.[4] 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[3] and is now for riders 23 or younger.[5][6]

Since 2007, the tour has been a national team competition with the 2013 edition involving the following countries:

France, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Denmark, Colombia, Australia, Russia, United States, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Latvia, plus a mixed team from the World Cycling Centre

Previous winners

Rider Team
1961 Italy De Rosso, GuidoGuido De Rosso (ITA)
1962 Spain Gomez del Moral, AntonioAntonio Gomez del Moral (ESP)
1963 France Zimmermann, AndreAndré Zimmermann (FRA)
1964 Italy Gimondi, FeliceFelice Gimondi (ITA)
1965 Spain Diaz, MarianoMariano Diaz (ESP)
1966 Italy Denti, MinoMino Denti (ITA)
1967 France Robini, ChristianChristian Robini (FRA)
1968 France Boulard, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Boulard (FRA)
1969 Netherlands Zoetemelk, JoopJoop Zoetemelk (NED)
1970 France Duchemin, MarcelMarcel Duchemin (FRA)
1971 France Ovion, RegisRégis Ovion (FRA)
1972 Netherlands Hertog, Fedor denFedor den Hertog (NED)
1973 Italy Baronchelli, GianbattistaGianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
1974 Spain Martinez Heredia, EnriqueEnrique Martinez Heredia (ESP)
1975 No race
1976 Sweden Nilsson, Sven-ÅkeSven-Åke Nilsson (SWE)
1977 Belgium Schepers, EddyEddy Schepers (BEL)
1978 Soviet Union Soukhoroutchenkov, SergueiSerguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1979 Soviet Union Soukhoroutchenkov, SergueiSerguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1980 Colombia Florez, AlfonsoAlfonso Florez (COL)
1981 France Simon, PascalPascal Simon (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982 United States Lemond, GregGreg LeMond (USA) Renault-Elf
1983 East Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (DDR) East Germany (national team)
1984 France Mottet, CharlieCharlie Mottet (FRA) Renault-Elf
1985 Colombia Ramírez, MartínMartín Ramírez (COL)
1986 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987 France Madiot, MarcMarc Madiot (FRA) Système U
1988 France Fignon, LaurentLaurent Fignon (FRA) Système U
1989 France Lino, PascalPascal Lino (FRA) R.M.O.
1990 Belgium Bruyneel, JohanJohan Bruyneel (BEL) Lotto–Superclub
1991 No race
1992 France Garel, HerveHervé Garel (FRA) R.M.O.
1993 France Davy, ThomasThomas Davy (FRA) Castorama
1994 Spain Casero, AngelAngel Casero (ESP) Banesto
1995 France Magnien, EmmanuelEmmanuel Magnien (FRA) Castorama
1996 Spain Etxebarría, DavidDavid Etxebarría (ESP) ONCE
1997 France Roux, LaurentLaurent Roux (FRA) TVM–Farm Frites
1998 France Rinero, ChristopheChristophe Rinero (FRA) Cofidis
1999 Spain Osa, UnaiUnai Osa (ESP) Banesto
2000 Spain Flores, IkerIker Flores (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2001 Russia Menchov, DenisDenis Menchov (RUS)
2002 Russia Petrov, EvgeniEvgeni Petrov (RUS) Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Spain Martinez, EgoiEgoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2004 France Calzati, SylvainSylvain Calzati (FRA) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover
2005 Denmark Bak, LarsLars Bak (DEN) Team CSC
2006 Spain Duenas, MoisesMoisés Dueñas (ESP) Agritubel
2007 Netherlands Mollema, BaukeBauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2008 Belgium Bakelants, JanJan Bakelants (BEL) Belgium (national team)
2009 France Sicard, RomainRomain Sicard (FRA) France (national team)
2010 Colombia Quintana, NairoNairo Quintana (COL) Colombia (national team)
2011 Colombia Chaves, EstebanEsteban Chaves (COL) Colombia (national team)
2012 France Barguil, WarrenWarren Barguil (FRA) France (national team)
2013 Spain Fernández, RubénRubén Fernández (ESP) Spain (national team)
2014 Colombia López, Miguel ÁngelMiguel Ángel López (COL) Colombia (national team)
2015 Spain Soler, MarcMarc Soler (ESP) Spain (national team)
2016 France Gaudu, DavidDavid Gaudu (FRA) France (national team)


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  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 Haute Loire". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
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