Paris–Bourges

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Paris–Bourges
Race details
DateEarly October
RegionCentre, France
English nameParis–Bourges
Local name(s)Paris–Bourges (in French)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeSingle-day
History
First edition1913 (1913)
Editions67 (as of 2017)
First winner André Narcy (FRA)
Most wins2 wins:
 Marcel Dussault (FRA)
 Daniele Nardello (ITA)
 John Degenkolb (GER)
 Sam Bennett (IRL)
Most recent Rudy Barbier (FRA)

Paris–Bourges is a French road bicycle race. The race originally started in Paris and ran to the town of Bourges in the Région Centre. However, in recent year with the length of races shortened it has become impossible to link the two cities and since 1996 the race has started in the town of Gien in the Loiret department which is 97 miles south of Paris. The official name of the race is now Paris-Gien-Bourges although it is still referred to as Paris–Bourges on the UCI calendar and throughout much of the media.[1]

The first race was run in 1913, and won by André Narcy and it has been an annual event since 1990. Since 1949, it has been for professionals, after previously being an amateur race. It is held as a 1.1 event in the UCI Europe Tour. It previously featured as the last of the French Road Cycling Cup series of races.

The Route[edit]

The modern version of the race takes place over a distance of approximately 190 km with the middle part climbing the hills of the Sancerrois region including the three classified climbs of the Cote de Jars (324 metres), Cote de Graveron (337 metres) and La Chapelotte (378 metres), these climbs decide the mountains prize. Because of their modest height and distance from the finish (La Chapelotte is 35 km from the finish), these hills very rarely have a decisive effect on the race. The race usually concludes with a bunch sprint on the Boulevard de la République in Bourges. Only two riders have won solo in recent editions and denied the sprinters, these were Thomas Voeckler (2006) and Florian Vachon in 2012.[2][3]

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1913 France André Narcy (FRA) individual
1914–
1916
No race
1917 Belgium Charles Juseret (BEL) individual
1918–
1921
No race
1922 France Marcel Godard (FRA) individual
1923 France Jean Brunier (FRA) J.B. Louvet-Soly
1924 France Marcel Bidot (FRA) La Française-Diamant-Dunlop
1925 France Gaston Deschamps (FRA) individual
1926–
1946
No race
1947 France Albert Bourlon (FRA) Peugeot-Dunlop
1948 France Marcel Dussault (FRA) Stella-Dunlop
1949 France Marcel Dussault (FRA) Stella-Dunlop
1950 France Amand Audaire (FRA) Gitane-Hutchinson
1951 France Jean-Marie Goasmat (FRA) Helyett-Hutchinson
1952 France Stanislas Bober (FRA) Alcyon-Dunlop
1953 France Robert Varnajo (FRA) Gitane-Hutchinson
1954 France Jean Stablinski (FRA) Gitane-Hutchinson
1955 France Jean-Marie Cieleska (FRA) Gitane-Hutchinson
1956 France Joseph Morvan (FRA) Arrow-Hutchinson
1957 France Raymond Guegan (FRA) Essor-Leroux
1958–
1970
No race
1971 France Walter Ricci (FRA) Sonolor-Lejeune
1972 France Cyrille Guimard (FRA) Gan-Mercier-Hutchinson
1973 France Roland Berland (FRA) Bic
1974 United Kingdom Barry Hoban (GBR) Gan-Mercier-Hutchinson
1975 France Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1976 France Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1977 France Régis Delepine (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1978 France Régis Ovion (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1979 France Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA) Renault-Gitane
1980 France Yves Hézard (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1981 France Francis Castaing (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982 France Didier Vanoverschelde (FRA) La Redoute-Motobécane
1983 Republic of Ireland Stephen Roche (IRL) Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1984 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Skil-Reydel
1985 Switzerland Niki Ruttimann (SUI) La Vie Claire
1986 France Dominique Lecrocq (FRA) Système U
1987 Denmark Kim Andersen (DEN) Toshiba-Look
1988 France Patrice Esnault (FRA) R.M.O.
1989 No race
1990 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) Toshiba
1991 Soviet Union Andrei Tchmil (URS) S.E.F.B.-Saxon
1992 Belgium Wilfried Nelissen (BEL) Panasonic-Sportlife
1993 France Bruno Cornillet (FRA) Novemail-Histor
1994 Denmark Lars Michaelsen (DEN) Catavana-A.S. Corbeil
1995 Italy Daniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei–GB–Latexco
1996 Netherlands Tristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1997 France Laurent Roux (FRA) TVM–Farm Frites
1998 Belgium Ludo Dierckxsens (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
1999 Italy Daniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2000 France Laurent Brochard (FRA) Jean Delatour
2001 France Florent Brard (FRA) Festina
2002 Denmark Allan Johansen (DEN) Team Fakta
2003 Germany Jens Voigt (GER) Crédit Agricole
2004 France Jérôme Pineau (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2005 Denmark Lars Bak (DEN) Team CSC
2006 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bouygues Télécom
2007 France Romain Feillu (FRA) Agritubel
2008 Austria Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Columbia
2009 Germany André Greipel (GER) Team Columbia–HTC
2010 France Anthony Ravard (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2011 Australia Mathew Hayman (AUS) Team Sky
2012 France Florian Vachon (FRA) Bretagne–Schuller
2013 Germany John Degenkolb (GER) Argos–Shimano
2014 Germany John Degenkolb (GER) Giant–Shimano
2015 Republic of Ireland Sam Bennett (IRL) Bora–Argon 18
2016 Republic of Ireland Sam Bennett (IRL) Bora–Argon 18
2017 France Rudy Barbier (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale

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