Tour de l'Ain

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Tour de l'Ain
Race details
DateMay
RegionFrance
English nameTour of the Ain
Race of Friendship
Local name(s)Tour de l'Ain
Prix de l'Amitié
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour 2.1
Type Stage race
OrganiserAlpes Vélo
Web site www.tourdelain.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
History
First edition1989 (1989)
Editions31 (as of 2019)
First winnerFlag of France.svg  Serge Pires Leal  (FRA)
Most winsFlag of France.svg  Denis Celle  (FRA)
Flag of France.svg  Thibaut Pinot  (FRA)
(2 wins each)
Most recentFlag of France.svg  Thibaut Pinot  (FRA)

Tour de l'Ain, also known as the Prix de l'Amitié, is an annual professional cycling stage race held in May in eastern France. Before 2018, the race was held in mid-August.

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G.P. de l'Amitié

The first edition of the race was in 1970, as the G.P. de l'Amitié (Friendship G.P.). It was held over four or five days in early September and served as a preparation for the Tour de l'Avenir, thus attracting also international riders, especially the Spanish team. The course ran straight across the French Alpes, starting in Nice, on the Côte d'Azur, and finishing in Bourg-en-Bresse, the capital of the Bresse region, north of Lyon, at the base of the Jura mountain range. Main difficulty was the mountain finish on Les Orres. In uneven years the course was reversed: from Bourg to Nice. As the Tour de l'Avenir threatened to be cancelled in 1976, the G.P. de l'Amitié jumped in and served as replacement, expanding the race to nine days. The execution of this event strained the organisation so much that it had to back down. From 1978 onwards the race merely had a national field of participants and was conducted only in the Provence Alpes, starting and finishing in Nice, still with the mountain finish on Les Orres. The organisation recovered however, and opened their race to professionals in 1986. A lot of French riders used this tough race - from Nice, via Valloire (over the Galibier), to Combloux - as a preparation for the Tour de l'Avenir.

Tour de l'Ain

In 1989 new organizers came, Dante Lavacca, Armand Peracca, and Maurice Josserand. They took the race back to its roots, to Bourg-en-Bresse, and changed its name into Tour de l'Ain. From 1989 to 1992 it was an amateur event. In 1993 it became open to professionals. In 1999 Cyclisme Organisation took over the organizing of the event and in the 1999 edition for the first time the climb of the Grand Colombier was included. The race had a 2.5 UCI (pro-am) status but was in 2002 promoted to the professional 2.3 category. Since the inception of the UCI ProTour and the UCI Continental circuits in 2005, the race has been classed into category 2.1 (in which all former 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 races were combined). [1] The race, which travels through the Ain departement into the Jura Mountains, combines both sprinting and mountainous stages. The 1,534 metre high Grand Colombier has featured as a decisive climb in the stage race. The 2018 version consisted of three stages; while previous versions of the event contained four or five stages (including prologues).

Winners

YearCountryRiderTeam
1972Flag of France.svg  France Antoine Gutierrez
1973Flag of France.svg  France Richard Pianaro
1974Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Enrique Martinez Heredia
1975Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Angel Lopez del Alamo
1976Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson
1977Flag of France.svg  France Joël Millard
1978Flag of France.svg  France Michel Charlier
1979Flag of France.svg  France Vincent Lavenu
1980Flag of France.svg  France Gilles Mas
1981Flag of France.svg  France Daniel André
1982Flag of France.svg  France Bernard Faussurier
1983Flag of France.svg  France Denis Celle
1984Flag of France.svg  France Denis Celle
1985Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Sylvain Oswarek
1986Flag of France.svg  France Patrice Esnault Kas
1987Flag of France.svg  France Laurent Biondi Système U
1988Flag of France.svg  France Mauro Ribeiro RMO
1989Flag of France.svg  France Serge Pires Leal
1990Flag of France.svg  France Denis Moretti
1991Flag of France.svg  France Eric Drubay
1992Flag of France.svg  France Denis Leproux
1993Flag of France.svg  France Emmanuel Magnien Castorama
1994Flag of France.svg  France Lylian Lebreton Aubervilliers 93-Peugeot
1995Flag of France.svg  France Emmanuel Hubert Le Groupement
1996Flag of France.svg  France David Delrieu Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
1997Flag of the United States.svg  United States Bobby Julich Cofidis
1998Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Cristian Gasperoni Amore & Vita-Forzacore
1999Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Grzegorz Gwiazdowski Cofidis
2000Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Serguei Yakovlev Besson Chaussures
2001Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Ivaïlo Gabrovski Jean Delatour
2002Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Christophe Oriol AG2R Prévoyance
2003Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Axel Merckx Lotto–Domo
2004Flag of France.svg  France Jérôme Pineau Brioches La Boulangère
2005Flag of France.svg  France Carl Naibo Bretagne-Jean Floc'h
2006Flag of France.svg  France Cyril Dessel AG2R Prévoyance
2007Flag of France.svg  France John Gadret AG2R Prévoyance
2008Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Linus Gerdemann Team Columbia
2009Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Rein Taaramäe Cofidis
2010Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Haimar Zubeldia Team RadioShack
2011Flag of France.svg  France David Moncoutié Cofidis
2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States Andrew Talansky Garmin–Sharp
2013Flag of France.svg  France Romain Bardet Ag2r–La Mondiale
2014Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Bert-Jan Lindeman Rabobank Development Team
2015Flag of France.svg  France Alexandre Geniez FDJ
2016Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Sam Oomen Team Giant–Alpecin
2017Flag of France.svg  France Thibaut Pinot FDJ
2018Flag of France.svg  France Arthur Vichot Groupama–FDJ
2019Flag of France.svg  France Thibaut Pinot Groupama–FDJ

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References

  1. "Historique du Tour de l'Ain". Tour de l’Ain. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-17.