Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin

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The Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin was the longest running UCI event on the women's elite cycle racing calendar.[1] It had been held annually in the Aude region of south-central France since 1985 until its cancellation after the 2010 edition.

The race began when Jean Thomas, who organized men's events, turned to a major women's tour. The initial race was four days long around one city. The race grew in length and prestige until it attracted many of the top riders in the world. By 2006, the race was 10 days long.[2]

Following Thomas' death, the race was organized by his daughter, Anne-Marie Thomas. However, after the 2010 race, a lack of sponsorship led to the race's cancellation.[3]

Leaders Jerseys[edit]

Race leaders in 6 different categories receive colored jerseys to wear while racing. Jerseys are awarded at the completion of each stage and are worn until a new racer is awarded the jersey. The colors for the different competition leaders are as follows:[4]

Yellow: Race (aka General Classification) Leader - fastest time over course

White: Stage-Winner's jersey[5]

Green: Overall Points Leader

Blue: Mountains Leader (similar to Tour de France's King of the Mountains jersey)

Pink: Best-Placed Under-23 Rider

Red: Sprints Leader

Winners[edit]

Year 1st place team 2nd place team 3rd place team
1985  Janelle Parks (USA)  Denise Burton (GBR)  Imelda Chiappa (ITA)
1986  Phillis Hines (USA)  V. Lafargue (FRA)  A. Yakovleva (URS)
1987  Maria Canins (ITA)  T. Poliakova (UKR)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1988  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Maria Canins (ITA)  Lisa Brambani (GBR)
1989  Cecile Odin (FRA)  N. Kibardina (URS)  S. Neil (CAN)
1990  Catherine Marsal (FRA)  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  D. Kelly (CAN)
1991  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Catherine Marsal (FRA)  Inga Thompson (USA)
1992  Julie Young (USA)  Paola Turcutto (ITA)  Inga Thompson (USA)
1993  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Marion Clignet (FRA)
1994  Catherine Marsal (FRA)  Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT)  Alexandra Koliaseva (RUS)
1995  Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)  Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT)  Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)
1996  Alexandra Koliaseva (RUS)  Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)  Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1997  Lina Jackson (CAN)  Svetlana Bubnenkova (RUS)  Heidi van de Vijver (BEL)
1998  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)  Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1999  Lyne Bessette (CAN)  Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)  Heidi van de Vijver (BEL)
2000  Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)  Mirjam Melchers (NED)  Geraldine Loewenguth (FRA)
2001  Lyne Bessette (CAN)  Judith Arndt (GER)  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE)
2002  Judith Arndt (GER)  Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)  Edita Pučinskaitė (LIT)
2003  Judith Arndt (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Lyne Bessette (CAN)  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE)
2004  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Judith Arndt (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Kim Bruckner (USA) T-Mobile Women
2005  Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Kristin Armstrong (USA) USA National Team
2006  Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) Team Flexpoint  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2007  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) Team Flexpoint  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Judith Arndt (GER) T-Mobile Women
2008  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) Menikini-Selle Italia  Judith Arndt (GER) Team High Road Women  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2009  Claudia Häusler (GER) Cervélo TestTeam  Trixi Worrack (GER) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  Marianne Vos (NED) DSB Bank
2010  Emma Pooley (GBR) Cervélo TestTeam  Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team  Emma Johansson (SWE) Red Sun Cycling Team

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