Tour de Suisse

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Tour de Suisse
Tour de Suisse logo.svg
Race details
DateJune
RegionSwitzerland
English nameTour of Switzerland
Local name(s)Tour de Suisse (in French)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserIMG
Race directorOlivier Senn
History
First edition1933 (1933)
Editions82 (as of 2018)
First winner Max Bulla (AUT)
Most wins Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (4 wins)
Most recent Richie Porte (AUS)

The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual cycling stage race in Switzerland. 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.

History[edit]

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 Slovenian Simon Špilak, who won for the second time in 2017.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1933 Austria Max Bulla (AUT)
1934 Germany Ludwig Geyer (GER)
1935 France Gaspard Rinaldi (FRA)
1936 Belgium Henri Garnier (BEL)
1937 Switzerland Karl Litschi (SUI)
1938 Italy Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
1939 Switzerland Robert Zimmermann (SUI)
1940 No race
1941 Switzerland Josef Wagner (SUI)
1942 Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler (SUI)
1943 No race
1944 No race
1945 No race
1946 Italy Gino Bartali (ITA)
1947 Italy Gino Bartali (ITA)
1948 Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler (SUI)
1949 Switzerland Gottfried Weilenmann, Jr. (SUI)
1950 Switzerland Hugo Koblet (SUI)
1951 Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler (SUI)
1952 Italy Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
1953 Switzerland Hugo Koblet (SUI)
1954 Italy Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
1955 Switzerland Hugo Koblet (SUI)
1956 Switzerland Rolf Graf (SUI)
1957 Italy Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
1958 Italy Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
1959 Germany Hans Junkermann (GER)
1960 Switzerland Alfred Ruegg (SUI)
1961 Switzerland Attilio Moresi (SUI)
1962 Germany Hans Junkermann (GER)
1963 Italy Giuseppe Fezzardi (ITA)
1964 Switzerland Rolf Maurer (SUI)
1965 Italy Franco Bitossi (ITA)
1966 Italy Ambrogio Portalupi (ITA)
1967 Italy Gianni Motta (ITA) Molteni
1968 Switzerland Louis Pfenninger (SUI)
1969 Italy Vittorio Adorni (ITA)
1970 Italy Roberto Poggiali (ITA)
1971 Belgium Georges Pintens (BEL)
1972 Switzerland Louis Pfenninger (SUI)
1973 Spain José-Manuel Fuente (ESP) Kas-Kaskol
1974 Belgium Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1975 Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Perfetti Van Melle
1976 Netherlands Hennie Kuiper (NED) TI–Raleigh
1977 Belgium Michel Pollentier (BEL) Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978 Belgium Paul Wellens (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1979 Belgium Wilfried Wesemael (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1980 Italy Mario Beccia (ITA) Hoonved
1981 Switzerland Beat Breu (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1982 Italy Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo
1983 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Sem-France Loire
1984 Switzerland Urs Zimmermann (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1985 Australia Phil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic
1986 United States Andrew Hampsten (USA) La Vie Claire
1987 United States Andrew Hampsten (USA) 7 Eleven Progetto Sunrise
1988 Austria Helmut Wechselberger (AUT) Malvor-Bottecchia-Sidi
1989 Switzerland Beat Breu (SUI) Domex-Weinmann
1990 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) PDM-Concorde
1991 Belgium Luc Roosen (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992 Italy Giorgio Furlan (ITA) Ceramiche Ariostea
1993 Italy Marco Saligari (ITA) Ceramiche Ariostea
1994 Switzerland Pascal Richard (SUI) GB-MG Maglificio
1995 Russia Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Lampre-Ceramiche Panaria
1996 Austria Peter Luttenberger (AUT) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997 France Christophe Agnolutto (FRA) Casino
1998 Italy Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
1999 Italy Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Vini Caldirola
2000 Switzerland Oscar Camenzind (SUI) Lampre–Daikin
2001 United States Lance Armstrong[1][2] (USA) US Postal-Berryfloor
2002 Switzerland Alex Zülle (SUI) Team Coast
2003 Kazakhstan Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom
2004 Germany Jan Ullrich (GER) T-Mobile Team
2005 Spain Aitor González (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006 Spain Koldo Gil (ESP) Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007 Russia Vladimir Karpets (RUS) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Czech Republic Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas
2009 Switzerland Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Team Saxo Bank
2010 Luxembourg Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank
2011 United States Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
2012 Portugal Rui Costa (POR) Movistar Team
2013 Portugal Rui Costa (POR) Movistar Team
2014 Portugal Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida
2015 Slovenia Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha
2016 Colombia Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana
2017 Slovenia Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018 Australia Richie Porte (AUS) BMC Racing Team

By rider (two or more wins)[edit]

Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara  ITA 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler   SUI 3 1942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet   SUI 3 1950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa  POR 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali  ITA 2 1946, 1947
Hans Junkermann  GER 2 1959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger   SUI 2 1968, 1972
Andrew Hampsten  USA 2 1986, 1987
Sean Kelly  IRL 2 1983, 1990
Simon Špilak  SLO 2 2015, 2017

Victories per country[edit]

Country Times won
  Switzerland 23
 Italy 19
 Belgium 8
 Germany 4
 Portugal
 Austria
 Spain
 United States
3
 Ireland
 France
 Russia
 Slovenia
 Australia
2
 Netherlands
 Kazakhstan
 Czech Republic
 Luxembourg
 Colombia
1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]