Grand Prix du Midi Libre

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Grand Prix du Midi Libre
Race details
Date Before Tour de France
Region South France
English name Grand Prix du Midi Libre
Local name(s) Grand Prix du Midi Libre (French)
Nickname(s) Midi Libre
Discipline Road
Type Stage race
Organiser Midi Libre
History
First edition 1949 (1949)
Editions 55
Final edition 2004
First winner  Henri Massal (FRA)
Most wins  Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA) (4 wins)
Final winner  Christophe Moreau (FRA) (2004)

The Grand Prix du Midi Libre (referred to as just Midi Libre) was a multiple-stage cycling course in the south of France. The race, named after the newspaper that organized it, was first organized in 1949 and was an important preparation courses for the Tour de France. Because of the hills in southern France, a climber usually won but sometimes the decision was made in a flat stage.

In 2003 the course was not organized, due to financial problems. One year later it returned, named Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon, but this turned out to be a one-time comeback.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1949 France Massal, HenriHenri Massal (FRA)
1950 France Rolland, AntoninAntonin Rolland (FRA)
1951 France Geminiani, RaphaelRaphaël Geminiani (FRA)
1952 Italy Bianchi, SiroSiro Bianchi (ITA)
1953 France Nardi, PierrePierre Nardi (FRA)
1954 Spain Martinez, JesusJesus Martinez (ESP)
1955 Spain Poblet, MiguelMiguel Poblet (ESP)
1956 France Rolland, AntoninAntonin Rolland (FRA)
1957 Luxembourg Schmitz, JempyJempy Schmitz (LUX)
1958 France Pipelin, FrancisFrancis Pipelin (FRA)
1959 Belgium Brankart, JeanJean Brankart (BEL)
1960 France Huot, ValentinValentin Huot (FRA)
1961 France Groussard, JosephJoseph Groussard (FRA)
1962 Netherlands Stolker, MiesMies Stolker (NED)
1963 Spain Manzaneque, FernandoFernando Manzaneque (ESP)
1964 France Foucher, AndreAndré Foucher (FRA)
1965 France Foucher, AndreAndré Foucher (FRA)
1966 France Theilliere, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Theilliere (FRA)
1967 France Grain, MichelMichel Grain (FRA)
1969 Spain Ocana, LuisLuis Ocaña (ESP)
1970 Italy Ricci, WalterWalter Ricci (ITA)
1971 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL)
1972 France Guimard, CyrilleCyrille Guimard (FRA)
1973 France Poulidor, RaymondRaymond Poulidor (FRA)
1974 France Danguillaume, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1975 Italy Moser, FrancescoFrancesco Moser (ITA)
1976 France Meslet, AlainAlain Meslet (FRA)
1977 Italy Panizza, WladimiroWladimiro Panizza (ITA)
1978 Italy Bortolotto, ClaudioClaudio Bortolotto (ITA)
1979 Italy Saronni, GiuseppeGiuseppe Saronni (ITA)
1980 France Bernaudeau, Jean ReneJean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1981 France Bernaudeau, Jean ReneJean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1982 France Bernaudeau, Jean ReneJean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1983 France Bernaudeau, Jean ReneJean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1984 France Garde, DominiqueDominique Garde (FRA)
1985 Italy Contini, SilvanoSilvano Contini (ITA)
1986 Belgium Criquielion, ClaudeClaude Criquielion (BEL)
1987 France Esnault, PatricePatrice Esnault (FRA)
1988 Belgium Criquielion, ClaudeClaude Criquielion (BEL)
1989 France Simon, JeromeJerome Simon (FRA)
1990 France Rue, GerardGérard Rué (FRA)
1991 France Duclos-Lassalle, GilbertGilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)
1992 France Leblanc, LucLuc Leblanc (FRA)
1993 Italy Fondriest, MaurizioMaurizio Fondriest (ITA)
1994 Slovakia Svorada, JánJán Svorada (SVK)
1995 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP)
1996 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA)
1997 Italy Elli, AlbertoAlberto Elli (ITA)
1998 Switzerland Dufaux, LaurentLaurent Dufaux (SUI)
1999 France Salmon, BenoitBenoît Salmon (FRA)
2000 France Rous, DidierDidier Rous (FRA)
2001 Spain Mayo, IbanIban Mayo (ESP)
2002 Result Void[1][2]
2003 No race
2004 France Moreau, ChristopheChristophe Moreau (FRA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lance Armstrong: Governing body strips American of Tour wins". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Union Cycliste Internationale".