Tour de l'Avenir

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Tour de l'Avenir
Tour de l'Avenir logo.svg
Race details
English nameTour of the Future
Local name(s)Tour de l'Avenir (in French)
CompetitionUCI Nations Cup
TypeStage race
OrganiserAlpes Vélo
Race directorPhilippe Colliou
First edition1961 (1961)
Editions55 (as of 2018)
First winner Guido De Rosso (ITA)
Most wins Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS) (2 wins)
Most recent Tadej Pogačar (SLO)

Tour de l'Avenir (English: Tour of the Future) is a French road bicycle racing stage race, which started in 1961[1] as a race similar to the Tour de France and over much of the same course but for amateurs and for semi-professionals known as independents. Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain and Laurent Fignon won the Tour de l'Avenir and went on to win 12 Tours de France between them.

The race was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, the editor of L'Équipe,[2] to attract teams from the Soviet Union and other communist nations that had no professional riders to enter the Tour de France. Until 1967, it took place earlier the same day as some of the stages of the Tour de France and shared the latter part of each stage's route, but moved to September and a separate course from 1968 onwards.[3] It became the Grand Prix de l'Avenir in 1970, the Trophée Peugeot de l'Avenir from 1972 to 1979 and the Tour de la Communauté Européenne from 1986 to 1990. It was restricted to amateurs from 1961 to 1980, before opening to professionals in 1981. After 1992, it was open to all riders of less than 25.[2] Since 2007 it is for riders 23 or younger.[4][5]

Since 2007, the tour has been a national team competition.


Rider Team
1961 Italy Guido De Rosso (ITA)
1962 Spain Antonio Gomez del Moral (ESP)
1963 France André Zimmermann (FRA)
1964 Italy Felice Gimondi (ITA)
1965 Spain Mariano Diaz (ESP)
1966 Italy Mino Denti (ITA)
1967 France Christian Robini (FRA)
1968 France Jean-Pierre Boulard (FRA)
1969 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
1970 France Marcel Duchemin (FRA)
1971 France Régis Ovion (FRA)
1972 Netherlands Fedor den Hertog (NED)
1973 Italy Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
1974 Spain Enrique Martinez Heredia (ESP)
1975 No race
1976 Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE)
1977 Belgium Eddy Schepers (BEL)
1978 Soviet Union Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1979 Soviet Union Serguei Soukhoroutchenkov (URS)
1980 Colombia Alfonso Florez (COL)
1981 France Pascal Simon (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982 United States Greg LeMond (USA) Renault-Elf
1983 East Germany Olaf Ludwig (DDR) East Germany (national team)
1984 France Charly Mottet (FRA) Renault-Elf
1985 Colombia Martín Ramírez (COL)
1986 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987 France Marc Madiot (FRA) Système U
1988 France Laurent Fignon (FRA) Système U
1989 France Pascal Lino (FRA) RMO
1990 Belgium Johan Bruyneel (BEL) Lotto–Superclub
1991 No race
1992 France Hervé Garel (FRA) RMO–Onet
1993 France Thomas Davy (FRA) Castorama
1994 Spain Angel Casero (ESP) Banesto
1995 France Emmanuel Magnien (FRA) Castorama
1996 Spain David Etxebarría (ESP) ONCE
1997 France Laurent Roux (FRA) TVM–Farm Frites
1998 France Christophe Rinero (FRA) Cofidis
1999 Spain Unai Osa (ESP) Banesto
2000 Spain Iker Flores (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2001 Russia Denis Menchov (RUS)
2002 Russia Evgeni Petrov (RUS) Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Spain Egoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2004 France Sylvain Calzati (FRA) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover
2005 Denmark Lars Bak (DEN) Team CSC
2006 Spain Moisés Dueñas (ESP) Agritubel
2007 Netherlands Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2008 Belgium Jan Bakelants (BEL) Belgium (national team)
2009 France Romain Sicard (FRA) France (national team)
2010 Colombia Nairo Quintana (COL) Colombia (national team)
2011 Colombia Esteban Chaves (COL) Colombia (national team)
2012 France Warren Barguil (FRA) France (national team)
2013 Spain Rubén Fernández (ESP) Spain (national team)
2014 Colombia Miguel Ángel López (COL) Colombia (national team)
2015 Spain Marc Soler (ESP) Spain (national team)
2016 France David Gaudu (FRA) France (national team)
2017 Colombia Egan Bernal (COL) Colombia (national team)
2018 Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (SLO) Slovenia (national team)


  1. ^ [1] Archived November 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "le RDV des fans de cyclisme, vélo, velo, cycling, cyclo, piste, VTT". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  3. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir". Éditions Larousse. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  4. ^ Tour de l'Avenir: Un Costaricain premier leader
  5. ^ "Tour de l'Avenir Haute Loire". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2013-07-15.

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