Tour Méditerranéen

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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
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAssociation Olympique Mediterranée
Race directorAndré Martres
History
First edition1974 (1974)
Editions42 (as of 2016)
First winner Charles Rouxel (FRA)
Most wins Gerrie Knetemann (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent 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]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Tour Méditerranéen[edit]

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

La Méditerranéenne[edit]

Rider Team
2016 Ukraine Andriy Hrivko (UKR) Astana
2017[8] No race

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Méditerranéenne - General Classification".
  2. ^ a b "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "New four-day race La Méditerranéenne reveals stage starts and finishes. Replacement for Tour Méditerranéen race will run from February 11–14". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Race History". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Tour Méditéranéen in peril".
  6. ^ "Tour Méditerranéen will not take place in 2015". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. ^ "La Méditerranéenne 2016". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ "La Mediterraneenne cancelled for 2017 - Cyclingnews.com".

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