Tour Méditerranéen

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Tour Méditerranéen
Race details
Date February
Region South France
English name Mediterranean Tour
Local name(s) Tour Méditerranéen (French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
Organiser Association Olympique Mediterranée
Race director André Martres
First edition 1974 (1974)
Editions 41 (as of 2015)
First winner  Charles Rouxel (FRA)
Most wins  Gerrie Knetemann (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent  Steve Cummings (GBR)

Tour Méditerranéen is a professional road bicycle racing event held in southern France along the Mediterranean Sea. The Tour Méditerranéen is a five-day stage race that began in 1974 and since 2005 has been a part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event. From 1974 to 1977, the race was named Trophée Méditerranéen. The race has been won by many notable Grand Tour and world champion riders including Eddy Merckx, Gianni Bugno, Gerrie Knetemann (three times), and Paolo Bettini.

The 2012 edition of the race was nearly cancelled, due to a licensing problem between the organizers and the French Cycling Federation. However, a deal was reached and the race went ahead as scheduled.[1] After financial difficulties, the 2015 edition was initially thought to be able to go ahead, with a reduction in the number of stages from 5 to 3, including the loss of the traditional mountain stage at Mont Faron near Toulon.[2] However, the race was cancelled for 2015, with the organisers yet to pay debts from the previous year. It is hoped for a return in 2016.[3]

Past results[edit]

Reference - CyclingNews, Tour Méditerranéen past winners[4]

Rider Team
1974 France Rouxel, CharlesCharles Rouxel (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1975 Belgium Bruyere, JosephJoseph Bruyère (BEL) Molteni
1976 Netherlands Schuiten, RoyRoy Schuiten (NED) Lejeune-BP
1977 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Fiat France
1978 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) TI-Raleigh
1979 France Laurent, MichelMichel Laurent (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1980 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) TI-Raleigh
1981 Switzerland Mutter, StefanStefan Mutter (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1982 France Laurent, MichelMichel Laurent (FRA) Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1983 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) TI-Raleigh
1984 France Bagot, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Bagot (FRA) Skil-Reydel
1985 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic
1986 France Bernard, Jean FrancoisJean-François Bernard (FRA) La Vie Claire
1987 Netherlands Solleveld, GerritGerrit Solleveld (NED) Superconfex-Kwantum-Yoko-Colnago
1988 Belgium Nevens, JanJan Nevens (BEL) Sigma-Fina
1989 Switzerland Rominger, TonyTony Rominger (SUI) Chateau d'Ax
1990 France Rue, GerardGerard Rué (FRA) Castorama
1991 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Motorola
1992 Germany Golz, RolfRolf Gölz (GER) Ariostea
1993 France Mottet, CharlyCharly Mottet (FRA) Novemail-Histor
1994 Italy Cassani, DavideDavide Cassani (ITA) GB-MG Maglificio
1995 Italy Bugno, GianniGianni Bugno (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1996 Belgium Vandenbroucke, FranckFranck Vandenbroucke (BEL) Mapei-GB
1997 France Magnien, EmmanuelEmmanuel Magnien (FRA) Festina-Lotus
1998 Italy Massi, RodolfoRodolfo Massi (ITA) Casino-Ag2r
1999 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Polti
2000 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
2001 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Liquigas-Pata
2002 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2003 Italy Bettini, PaoloPaolo Bettini (ITA) Quick Step-Davitamon
2004 Germany Jaksche, JorgJörg Jaksche (GER) Team CSC
2005 Germany Voigt, JensJens Voigt (GER) Team CSC
2006 France Dessel, CyrilCyril Dessel (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2007 Spain Gutierrez, IvanIván Gutiérrez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Russia Botcharov, AlexandreAlexandre Botcharov (RUS) Crédit Agricole
2009 Spain Sanchez, Luis LeonLuis León Sánchez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2010 Italy Nocentini, RinaldoRinaldo Nocentini (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale
2011 France Moncoutié, DavidDavid Moncoutié (FRA) Cofidis
2012 United Kingdom Tiernan-Locke, JonathanJonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBR) Endura Racing
2013 Sweden Löfkvist, ThomasThomas Löfkvist (SWE) IAM Cycling
2014 United Kingdom Cummings, SteveSteve Cummings (GBR) BMC Racing Team
2015 No race


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