Tour de Suisse

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Tour de Suisse
Tour de Suisse logo.svg
Race details
English nameTour of Switzerland
Local name(s)Tour de Suisse (in French)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeStage race
Race directorOlivier Senn
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First edition1933 (1933)
Editions83 (as of 2020)
First winner Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent Richard Carapaz (ECU)

The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual cycling stage race. Raced over nine days, the event covers two weekends in the latter half of June. Along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, it is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is on the calendar two weeks after the end of the Tour de Suisse. Since 2011 the event is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest level of professional races.


The race was first held in 1933 and has evolved in timing, duration and sponsorship. Like the Tour de France and the Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse has several stages with significant mountain climbs in the Swiss Alps and at least one individual time trial. Several winners of the Tour de Suisse have also won the Tour de France, including Eddy Merckx and Jan Ullrich. In 2005 the Tour de Suisse was included in the inaugural UCI Pro Tour and organizers moved the race to earlier in June.

The first winner of the race was Austrian Max Bulla in the 1933 edition. The rider with most wins is Italian Pasquale Fornara with 4 wins in the 1950s. The most recent winner is Colombian Egan Bernal, who won for the first time in 2019.


Year Country Rider Team
1933  Austria Max Bulla
1934  Germany Ludwig Geyer
1935  France Gaspard Rinaldi
1936  Belgium Henri Garnier
1937   Switzerland Karl Litschi
1938  Italy Giovanni Valetti
1939   Switzerland Robert Zimmermann
1940 No race
1941   Switzerland Josef Wagner
1942   Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
No race
1946  Italy Gino Bartali
1947  Italy Gino Bartali
1948   Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1949   Switzerland Gottfried Weilenmann, Jr.
1950   Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1951   Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1952  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1953   Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1954  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1955   Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1956   Switzerland Rolf Graf
1957  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1958  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1959  West Germany Hans Junkermann
1960   Switzerland Alfred Ruegg
1961   Switzerland Attilio Moresi
1962  West Germany Hans Junkermann
1963  Italy Giuseppe Fezzardi
1964   Switzerland Rolf Maurer
1965  Italy Franco Bitossi
1966  Italy Ambrogio Portalupi
1967  Italy Gianni Motta Molteni
1968   Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1969  Italy Vittorio Adorni
1970  Italy Roberto Poggiali
1971  Belgium Georges Pintens
1972   Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1973  Spain José-Manuel Fuente Kas-Kaskol
1974  Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni
1975  Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Perfetti Van Melle
1976  Netherlands Hennie Kuiper TI–Raleigh
1977  Belgium Michel Pollentier Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978  Belgium Paul Wellens TI–Raleigh
1979  Belgium Wilfried Wesemael TI–Raleigh
1980  Italy Mario Beccia Hoonved
1981   Switzerland Beat Breu Cilo-Aufina
1982  Italy Giuseppe Saronni Del Tongo
1983  Ireland Sean Kelly Sem-France Loire
1984   Switzerland Urs Zimmermann Cilo-Aufina
1985  Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic
1986  United States Andrew Hampsten La Vie Claire
1987  United States Andrew Hampsten 7 Eleven Progetto Sunrise
1988  Austria Helmut Wechselberger Malvor-Bottecchia-Sidi
1989   Switzerland Beat Breu Domex-Weinmann
1990  Ireland Sean Kelly PDM-Concorde
1991  Belgium Luc Roosen Tulip Computers
1992  Italy Giorgio Furlan Ceramiche Ariostea
1993  Italy Marco Saligari Ceramiche Ariostea
1994   Switzerland Pascal Richard GB-MG Maglificio
1995  Russia Pavel Tonkov Lampre-Ceramiche Panaria
1996  Austria Peter Luttenberger Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997  France Christophe Agnolutto Casino
1998  Italy Stefano Garzelli Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
1999  Italy Francesco Casagrande Vini Caldirola
2000   Switzerland Oscar Camenzind Lampre–Daikin
2001  United States Lance Armstrong[1][2] US Postal-Berryfloor
2002   Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003  Kazakhstan Alexandre Vinokourov Team Telekom
2004  Germany Jan Ullrich T-Mobile Team
2005  Spain Aitor González Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006  Spain Koldo Gil Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007  Russia Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne
2008  Czech Republic Roman Kreuziger Liquigas
2009   Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank
2010  Luxembourg Fränk Schleck Team Saxo Bank
2011  United States Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack
2012  Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2013  Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2014  Portugal Rui Costa Lampre–Merida
2015  Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha
2016  Colombia Miguel Ángel López Astana
2017  Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018  Australia Richie Porte BMC Racing Team
2019  Colombia Egan Bernal Team Ineos
2020 No race due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021  Ecuador Richard Carapaz Ineos Grenadiers

By rider (two or more wins)[edit]

Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara  Italy 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler   Switzerland 3 1942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet   Switzerland 3 1950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa  Portugal 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali  Italy 2 1946, 1947
Hans Junkermann  West Germany 2 1959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger   Switzerland 2 1968, 1972
Beat Breu   Switzerland 2 1981, 1989
Sean Kelly  Ireland 2 1983, 1990
Andrew Hampsten  United States 2 1986, 1987
Simon Špilak  Slovenia 2 2015, 2017

Victories per country[edit]

Country Times won
  Switzerland 23
 Italy 19
 Belgium 8
 Germany/ West Germany 4
 United States
 Czech Republic

See also[edit]


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

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