Tour du Haut Var

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Tour du Haut Var
Race details
RegionVar department
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
English nameTour of the Haut-Var
Local name(s)Tour du Haut-Var (in French)
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAssociation Sportive Seillanaise
Race directorMoïse Puginier
First edition1969 (1969)
Editions51 (as of 2019)
First winner Raymond Poulidor (FRA)
Most wins Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
 Arthur Vichot (FRA)
(3 wins)
Most recent Thibaut Pinot (FRA)

The Tour du Haut Var (English: Tour of the Haut Var) is an early-season two-day road bicycle race in the Var department region in the south of France. Until 2008 it was run as a one-day race, part of the UCI Europe Tour. In 2009, the race transformed to a 2.1 event, raced over two days. Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk and France's Arthur Vichot hold the record with three wins.

The Tour du Haut Var is one of several stage races held in the hilly Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in February, alongside the Étoile de Bessèges, La Méditerranéenne and the Tour La Provence.[1] 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.[1]


Rider Team
1969 France Raymond Poulidor (FRA) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1970 France René Grelin (FRA) Frimatic-De Gribaldy
1971 France Désiré Letort (FRA) Bic
1972 Belgium Frans Verbeeck (BEL) Watneys-Avia
1973 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Gitane-Frigécrème
1974 Netherlands Gerben Karstens (NED) Bic
1975 France Raymond Delisle (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1976 Belgium Frans Verbeeck (BEL) IJsboerke-Colnago
1977 France Bernard Thevenet (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1978 Belgium Freddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria–Velda–Lano
1979 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Miko-Mercier
1980 France Pascal Simon (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1981 France Jacques Bossis (FRA) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Sem-France Loire
1983 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Coop-Mercier
1984 France Eric Caritoux (FRA) Skil-Reydel
1985 France Charly Mottet (FRA) Renault-Elf
1986 France Pascal Simon (FRA) Peugeot-Shell-Velo Talbot
1987 Germany Rolf Gölz (GER) Superconfex-Yoko
1988 Belgium Luc Roosen (BEL) Roland
1989 France Gerard Rué (FRA) Super U-Raleigh-Fiat
1990 France Luc Leblanc (FRA) Castorama
1991 France Eric Caritoux (FRA) RMO
1992 France Gerard Rué (FRA) Castorama
1993 France Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA) GAN
1994 France Laurent Brochard (FRA) Castorama
1995 Italy Marco Lietti (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1996 Switzerland Bruno Boscardin (SUI) Festina–Lotus
1997 Italy Rodolfo Massi (ITA) Casino
1998 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1999 Italy Davide Rebellin (ITA) Polti
2000 Italy Daniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2001 Italy Daniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) CSC–Tiscali
2003 France Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2004 Netherlands Marc Lotz (NED) Rabobank
2005 Belgium Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2006 Italy Leonardo Bertagnolli (ITA) Cofidis
2007 Italy Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Liquigas
2008 Italy Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2009 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
2010 France Christophe Le Mével (FRA) Française des Jeux
2011 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Team Europcar
2012 United Kingdom Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBR) Endura Racing
2013 France Arthur Vichot (FRA) FDJ
2014 Colombia Carlos Betancur (COL) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2015 Luxembourg Ben Gastauer (LUX) AG2R La Mondiale
2016 France Arthur Vichot (FRA) FDJ
2017 France Arthur Vichot (FRA) FDJ
2018 France Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Direct Énergie
2019 France Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Groupama–FDJ


  1. ^ a b "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

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