La Méditerranéenne

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Tour Méditerranéen
La Méditerranéenne
Race details
DateFebruary
RegionSpain
France
Italy
English nameMediterranean Tour
Local name(s)Tour Méditerranéen (in French)
DisciplineRoad
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
OrganiserAssociation Olympique Mediterranée
Race directorAndré Martres
Web site www.letourmed.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
History
First edition1974 (1974)
Editions42
Final edition2016
First winnerFlag of France.svg  Charles Rouxel  (FRA)
Most winsFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Gerrie Knetemann  (NED) (3 wins)
Final winnerFlag of Ukraine.svg  Andriy Hrivko  (UKR)

La Méditerranéenne, previously known as Tour Méditerranéen, is a professional road bicycle racing event held in Spain, France and Italy, close to the Mediterranean Seaside. Run over four days, it holds a 2.1 rating on the UCI Europe Tour. [1]

Contents

The event is part of a series of stage races being held in the south of France in February, alongside the Étoile de Bessèges, the Tour du Haut Var and the Tour La Provence. [2] 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. [2]

History

The Tour Méditerranéen("Tour of the Mediterranean Sea") was created by former Tour de France winner Lucien Aimar in 1974. The event was named Trophée Méditerranéen for its first four editions. Run in February, the five-day stage race was won by several eminent riders, including Eddy Merckx, Gianni Bugno, Tony Rominger, Laurent Jalabert and Paolo Bettini. [3] Gerrie Knetemann holds the record with three victories. [4]

In 2012 licensing problems between the organizers and the French Cycling Federation emerged, nearly spelling the cancellation of the event before a deal was ultimately reached. [5] Financial difficulties led to the discontinuation of the race in 2015 after organizers failed to pay debts from the previous edition. [6]

In 2016 the race was revived as La Méditerranéenne and scaled back to four days. [3] The rejuvenated edition was won by Ukrainian Andriy Hrivko. [7]

Route

From 1974 until 2014 the race was held in the southern French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, but also occasionally featured stages in Liguria, Italy. Traditionally, a summit finish on the Mont Faron in Toulon was staged every year. As from 2016, the re-invented La Méditerranéenne is contested over four days. The 2016 edition spanned three countries, starting with a team time trial in Banyoles, Spain, before heading into France for two stages close to the Mediterranean coast. The final stage started and finished in Bordighera, on the Italian riviera. [3]

Winners

Tour Méditerranéen

Gerrie Knetemann (pictured in 1977) won the event three times. Presentatie Nederlandse wielerploegen Raleigh en Frisol, deelnemers aan Tour de , Bestanddeelnr 929-2454.jpg
Gerrie Knetemann (pictured in 1977) won the event three times.
YearCountryRiderTeam
1974Flag of France.svg  France Charles Rouxel Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1975Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Joseph Bruyère Molteni
1976Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Roy Schuiten Lejeune-BP
1977Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Eddy Merckx Fiat France
1978Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1979Flag of France.svg  France Michel Laurent Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1980Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1981Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Stefan Mutter Cilo-Aufina
1982Flag of France.svg  France Michel Laurent Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1983Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1984Flag of France.svg  France Jean-Claude Bagot Skil-Reydel
1985Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic
1986Flag of France.svg  France Jean-François Bernard La Vie Claire
1987Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Gerrit Solleveld Superconfex–Kwantum–Yoko–Colnago
1988Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Jan Nevens Sigma-Fina
1989Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Tony Rominger Chateau d'Ax
1990Flag of France.svg  France Gerard Rué Castorama
1991Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Phil Anderson Motorola
1992Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Rolf Gölz Ariostea
1993Flag of France.svg  France Charly Mottet Novemail-Histor
1994Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Davide Cassani GB-MG Maglificio
1995Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Gianni Bugno MG Maglificio-Technogym
1996Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Franck Vandenbroucke Mapei-GB
1997Flag of France.svg  France Emmanuel Magnien Festina-Lotus
1998Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Rodolfo Massi Casino–Ag2r
1999Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Davide Rebellin Polti
2000Flag of France.svg  France Laurent Jalabert ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2001Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Davide Rebellin Liquigas–Pata
2002Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Michele Bartoli Fassa Bortolo
2003Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Bettini Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Jörg Jaksche Team CSC
2005Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Jens Voigt Team CSC
2006Flag of France.svg  France Cyril Dessel AG2R Prévoyance
2007Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne
2008Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Alexandre Botcharov Crédit Agricole
2009Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Luis León Sánchez Caisse d'Epargne
2010Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Rinaldo Nocentini Ag2r–La Mondiale
2011Flag of France.svg  France David Moncoutié Cofidis
2012Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Endura Racing
2013Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Thomas Löfkvist IAM Cycling
2014Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Steve Cummings BMC Racing Team
2015No race

La Méditerranéenne

YearCountryRiderTeam
2016Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Andriy Hrivko Astana
2017 [8] No race

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