The Race

Tour de l'Avenir winners Felice Gimondi (1964), Joop Zoetemelk (1969), Greg Lemond (1982), Miguel Indurain (1986) and Laurent Fignon (1988) have won a combined 12 Tours de France.

The 2019 Tour de l'Avenir: a new direction

The Tour de l’Avenir, which will take place from August 15 to 25, 2019, remains faithful to its vocation as a major conservatory of world cycling and a stepping stone to the professional world – particularly to the Tour de France, for which it is a feeder event.

However, the upcoming 56th edition changes direction with a Grand Départ from Marmande (in the Lot-et-Garonne department), after two years in which the route ran diagonally from Brittany to the Alps. This time, it is from the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine that the brightest hopes in under-23 years old cycling will take off, but the Savoie remains the final destination, with four final stages that will confront the young peloton to the testing mountains.

This new course direction only enhances the mountainous character of the race, since the southwest will connect to the Alps via the Massif Central, with a stage from Aveyron to Haute-Loire which, alone, will bring about three thousand meters of climbing.

Throughout the ten stages, and the return of one rest day, all types of racers — puncheurs, baroudeurs, sprinteurs, rouleurs — will nevertheless find plenty to express themselves, starting with a hilly stage around Marmande, followed by a team time trial in the Dordogne, and later, a stop at Privas in a transition stage between the Massif Central and the Alps. All opportunities not to be missed.

The Alpine portion, once again raced entirely in the department of Savoie, will be characterized by short and intense stages. In particular, it will repeat the innovative formula successfully tested last year of an ultra-short stage of twenty or so kilometers that will end on the Col de la Loze in Méribel, via a newly created road, never used in a cycling race; as a nod to the Tour de France organisers whom, constantly looking for novelty, have often regarded the Tour de l’Avenir as a life-size test.

The other Savoyard stages will also be marked by high altitude finishes in the stations of La Giettaz, Tignes at above two thousand meters altitude, and the final arrival in Corbier.

The event, open to international riders under twenty-three years old, remains raced by national teams. The succession of the Slovenian Tadej Pogaçar is now open, and new talents will be discovered on the next Tour de l’Avenir.

Stage 1
15 August
Thursday 15 August
Marmande (13:15 CEST)
Marmande (16:00 CEST estim.)
Flat
134 km
+921 m
Stage 2
16 August
Friday 16 August
Eymet (14:15 CEST)
Bergerac (16:13 CEST estim.)
TT
33 km
+366 m
Stage 3
17 August
Saturday 17 August
Montignac-Lascaux (12:00 CEST)
Mauriac (15:56 CEST estim.)
Hilly
170 km
+2,645 m
Stage 4
18 August
Sunday 18 August
Mauriac (0:00 CEST)
Espalion (15:50 CEST estim.)
Hilly
164 km
+2,301 m
Stage 5
19 August
Monday 19 August
Espalion (0:00 CEST)
Saint-Julien-Chapteuil (16:00 CEST estim.)
Hilly
163 km
+3,139 m
Stage 6
20 August
Tuesday 20 August
Saint-Julien-Chapteuil (11:45 CEST)
Privas (14:35 CEST estim.)
Hilly
125 km
+1,854 m
-
21 August
Wednesday 21 August
Brides-les-Bains
 & 
Méribel
REST
Stage 7
22 August
Thursday 22 August
Grésy-sur-Isere (13:00 CEST)
La Giettaz (15:51 CEST estim.)
Medium-mountain
106 km
+2,653 m
Stage 8
23 August
Friday 23 August
Brides-les-Bains (13:30 CEST)
Méribel - Col de la Loze (14:26 CEST estim.)
Mountain
23 km
+1,300 m
Stage 9
24 August
Saturday 24 August
Villaroger (12:00 CEST)
Tignes (14:03 CEST estim.)
Mountain
74 km
+2,462 m
Stage 10
25 August
Sunday 25 August
Saint-Colomban-des-Villards (11:30 CEST)
Le Corbier (13:50 CEST estim.)
Mountain
79 km
+2,701 m

The Prizes

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).

Last year

WinnerTadej POGACAR (SLO)
SecondThymen ARENSMAN (NLD)
ThirdGino MADER (CHE)
Green JerseyDamien TOUZÉ (FRA)
Polka Dot JerseyAlejandro OSORIO CARJAVAL (COL)
Super Combative RiderJoseph ARERUYA (RWA)
Team ClassificationColombia
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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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