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Tour de l'Avenir winners Felice Gimondi (1964), Joop Zoetemelk (1969), Greg Lemond (1982), Miguel Indurain (1986), Laurent Fignon (1988) and Egan Bernal (2019) have won a combined 13 Tour de France.

L'Avenir goes from strength to strength

The Tour de l’Avenir reconnects with its history. The 57th edition, which had to be cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, will take place from August 13 to 22, 2021 on a route that follows the main lines of the one planned last year.

More than ever, the Tour de l’Avenir justifies its reputation as the Tour de France for young people, as shown by the recent prize list, with the victories of the Colombian Egan BERNAL (2017) or the Slovenian Tadej POGACAR (2018) who did not wait more than two years, one as the other, to triumph in the Tour de France!

As initially planned last year, the event will start with an individual time trial prologue in Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes). It will be six years since the Tour de l’Avenir offered this type of exercise as a preamble, so all the specialties of road cycling will be covered for this event that serves as a springboard for tomorrow’s champions.

The so-called flat section, through the Aisne and Seine-et-Marne, will also be marked by a team time trial around Laon, and then the course will make a large incursion into the Grand-East region.

As is traditional, the mountains will be the main focus of the event, from the Jura to Savoie, the usual stopping point. A first day of medium mountain through the Jura will precede an arrival at the top of the dreaded Grand-Colombier pass, approached by the twists and turns of the Culoz slope (Ain), where Tadej POGACAR had won a stage of the 2020 Tour de France. The next day, the day before the finish, a “flash” stage (60 kilometers), on a very spectacular format already experienced by the Tour de l’Avenir in recent years, will put the bunch of hopefuls to the test of the Alps with the Col du Mollard before the finish in Saint-Jean d’Arves, on the flanks of the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. And nothing will undoubtedly be definitively decided until the final stage and the outcome at an altitude of more than two thousand meters, at the top of Petit-Saint-Bernard, on the French-Italian border after crossing the Iseran, the highest road pass in Europe (2764 m) where Egan BERNAL had forged his success in the 2019 Tour de France.

Organized by Alpes Vélo, the Tour de l’Avenir, which supports the final round of the UCI Nations Cup for the under-23s, will take place as usual under the formula of the national selections (six riders). The return of this event is essential for the age group of international hopefuls wishing to prove themselves in order to reach the upper echelons. In this respect, the Tour de l’Avenir is the benchmark event and a revelation of new talent.

Prologue
13 August
Friday 13 August
Charleville-Mézières
(4:00 pm CEST)
Charleville-Mézières (6:05 pm CEST estim.)
CLM individuel
5 km
3.11 mi
Stage 1
14 August
Saturday 14 August
Charleville-Mézières
(12:30 pm CEST)
Soissons (4:25 pm CEST estim.)
Plaine
161 km
100.04 mi
+1,755 m
Stage 2
15 August
Sunday 15 August
Laon
(2:20 pm CEST)
Laon (3:49 pm CEST estim.)
CLM par équipe
27 km
16.78 mi
+256 m
Stage 3
16 August
Monday 16 August
Château-Thierry
(12:30 pm CEST)
Donnemarie-Dontilly (4:15 pm CEST estim.)
Plaine
152 km
94.45 mi
+1,479 m
Stage 4
17 August
Tuesday 17 August
Provins
(11:45 am CEST)
Bar-le-Duc (4:20 pm CEST estim.)
Plaine
186 km
115.57 mi
+1,365 m
Stage 5
18 August
Wednesday 18 August
Tomblaine
(11:00 am CEST)
Bar-sur-Aube (3:00 pm CEST estim.)
Hilly
160 km
99.42 mi
+1,625 m
Stage 6
19 August
Thursday 19 August
Champagnole
(12:30 pm CEST)
Septmoncel (4:10 pm CEST estim.)
Moyenne montagne
138 km
85.75 mi
+2,528 m
Stage 7
20 August
Friday 20 August
Saint-Vulbas
(11:45 am CEST)
Anglefort - Grand Colombier (2:30 pm CEST estim.)
Mountain
98 km
60.89 mi
+1,749 m
Stage 8
21 August
Saturday 21 August
La Tour-en-Maurienne
(11:15 am CEST)
Saint Jean d’Arves (1:30 pm CEST estim.)
Mountain
71 km
44.12 mi
+2,910 m
Stage 9
22 August
Sunday 22 August
La Toussuire
(9:00 am CEST)
Séez - Col du Petit Saint-Bernard (2:00 pm CEST estim.)
Mountain
154 km
95.69 mi
+4,179 m

The Prizes

Awarded after each stage

Yellow Jersey

Leader of the individual general classification
Worn by the fastest rider on all completed stages (the times from each stage are added up). The bearer at the end of the last stage wins the overall race.
Sponsored by 

Polka Dot Jersey

Best climber
Awarded to the rider who acquires the most points at the top of each climb and at summit finishes.
Sponsored by 

White Jersey

Best rider in the 19-20 age category
The general individual time classification is established by adding the times recorded by each rider in the 6 stages. The white jersey is worn by the rider in the 19-20 age category who is best placed in the general classification of the race.
Sponsored by 

Green Jersey

Best sprinter
Worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded at each stage finish and at the intermediate sprint in certain normal stages.
Sponsored by 

Stage Victory

The fastest on the day
It goes to the first rider to cross the day's finish line. He gets praised on the podium by the race speaker Nicolas Loth and a warm handshake from Bernard Hinault.

Most Aggressive Rider

At the end of each stage
Awarded to the hardest working rider and best sportsman at the end of each stage by a jury presided by the Race Director. The Most Combative rider wears a red bib number during the following stage.

Team Classification

Nation against nation
The teams standings are based on the combined times of each team's 3 best riders on every stage.

U23 UCI Nations Cup Classification

World ranking of teams a national U23
At the end of each stage the first rider of each country scores team points in the general classification of the U23 UCI Nations Cup. The winner of the overall cup will be known at the end of the last stage of the Tour de l'Avenir.
Awarded on the last day

Super Combative Rider

At the end of the race
The Super Combative rider is chosen by the jury at the end of the final stage.

History

The Tour de l’Avenir was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, editor of the newspaper L’Équipe.

The race has changed name several times in its history. From 1972 to 1979, it was called the Trophée Peugeot de l’Avenir in reference to its official sponsor. Then from 1986 to 1990, this event took the name of Tour de la Communauté Européenne since it was organised by the European Community and the European Parliament. And finally in 1992, the race acquired its current name of Tour de l’Avenir.

Originally, the Tour de l’Avenir brought together national teams of eight riders, half of whom had to be under 25 years old. Gradually, the race was opened up to professionals. Since 2007, the event is the exclusive domain of young riders aged 19 to 23 years old.

The Tour de l’Avenir is now part of the UCI U23 Nations Cup (category 2.Ncup).

The previous edition

WinnerTobias FOSS (NOR)
SecondGiovanni ALEOTTI (ITA)
ThirdIlan VAN WILDER (BEL)
Green JerseyMatteo JORGENSON (USA)
Polka Dot JerseyJon AGIRRE (ESP)
Super Combative RiderStefan BISSEGGER (CHE)
Team ClassificationBelgium
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Palmarès complet

2019Tobias FOSS (NOR)
2018Tadej POGACAR (SLO)
2017Egan BERNAL (COL)
2016David GAUDU (FRA)
2015Marc SOLER GIMENEZ (ESP)
2014Miguel Angel LOPEZ (COL)
2013Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR (ESP)
2012Warren BARGUIL (FRA)
2011Esteban CHAVES (COL)
2010Nairo QUINTANA (COL)
2009Romain SICARD (FRA)
2008Jan BAKELANTS (BEL)
2007Bauke MOLLEMA (NED)
2006Moisés DUENAS (ESP)
2005Lars Ytting BAK (DEN)
2004Sylvain CALZATI (FRA)
2003Egoi MARTINEZ (ESP)
2002Evgueni PETROV (RUS)
2001Denis MENCHOV (RUS)
2000Iker FLORES (ESP)
1999Unai OSA (ESP)
1998Christophe RINERO (FRA)
1997Laurent ROUX (FRA)
1996David ETXEBARRIA (ESP)
1995Emmanuel MAGNIEN (FRA)
1994Angel CASERO (ESP)
1993Thomas DAVY (FRA)
1992Hervé GAREL (FRA)
1991aucun
1990Johan BRUYNEEL (BEL)
1989Pascal LINO (FRA)
1988Laurent FIGNON (FRA)
1987Marc MADIOT (FRA)
1986Miguel INDURAIN (ESP)
1985Martin RAMIREZ (COL)
1984Charly MOTTET (FRA)
1983Olaf LUDWIG (ALL)
1982Greg LEMOND (USA)
1981Pascal SIMON (FRA)
1980Alfonso FLOREZ (COL)
1979Sergueï SOUKHOROUTCHENKOV (URS)
1978Sergueï SOUKHOROUTCHENKOV (URS)
1977Eddy SCHEPERS (BEL)
1976Sven-Ake NILSSON (SWE)
1975Aucun
1974Enrique MARTINEZ HEREDI (ESP)
1973Gianbattista BARONCHELLI (ITA)
1972Fedor DEN HERTOG (NED)
1971Régis OVION (FRA)
1970Marcel DUCHEMIN (FRA)
1969Joop ZOETEMELK (FRA)
1968Jean-Pierre BOULARD (FRA)
1967Christian ROBINI (FRA)
1966Mino DENTI (ITA)
1965Mariano DIAZ (ESP)
1964Felice GIMONDI (ITA)
1963André ZIMMERMANN (FRA)
1962Antonio GOMEZ DEL MORAL (ESP)
1961Guido DE ROSSO (ITA)
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