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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 Tours de France.

The 2020 Tour de l'Avenir: on a new trajectory

The 57th edition of the Tour de l’Avenir will take place from 7 to 16 August 2020, slightly earlier than its predecessors (which were previously held in the second half of August).

The event organised by Alpes Velo will also take a significantly different route to the last few years, with a Grand start from Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes). Instead of a Bretagne – Alps cross-country race (2017 and 2018) and then a New Aquitaine – Alps route (2019), the Grand Est will be the preferred route in the first part, roughly corresponding to the so-called plain sequence, followed by a rough stage around Besançon and then a medium mountain stage ending at the Col de La Faucille.
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the Ain department remain at the heart of the route, with the now traditional final point of arrival in Savoie-Mont-Blanc for the last three Alpine stages.

Return of the individual time trial

The other characteristic of the 2020 course is the return of the individual time trial (in addition to the team time trial), all of them in significant proportions. The Grand Start in Charleville-Mézières will bring back the prologue that had not been contested on the Tour de l’Avenir for five years. Added to this is one of the highlights of the event, with a timed half-stage to Saint-François-Longchamp, halfway up the Col de la Madeleine, approached by a road with even more severe percentages than those usually climbed by the riders of the Tour de France. From this point of view, the Tour de l’Avenir continues its mission of discovering – not only future talents – but also new sites, such as the Col de la Loze explored last year by the U23 riders and which will undoubtedly be one of the “must-see” of the 2020 Tour de France.

L’Iseran and Les Arcs to end up

Over ten days of racing, the Tour de l’Avenir thus responds to the need to discover tomorrow’s champions in all compartments of the game, but after the tough start to the time trial on the hill, the Savoyard stay will continue with two high mountain stages with the difficult Col de la Toussuire and Col du Mollard, on the eve of the end of the race. And nothing will be decided until the last day, as there will be a giant to face with the Col de l’Iseran (alt.: 2764 m.) where Egan Bernal had built his victory in the last Tour de France and which will have to be overcome before the final climb to the resort of Les Arcs 1800 as a conclusion.

The formula remains unchanged, with 26 national (and possibly regional) teams of six riders in the “U23” category.
The track record, especially in recent years, is the most motivating encouragement for the hopes of the world’s best nations after the successes of Colombian Egan Bernal (2017), the last winner of the Tour de France, Slovenian Pogaçar (2018), whose debut in the World Tour was sensational, and Norwegian Tobias Foss, winner in 2019.

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Stage 1
18 August
Tuesday 18 August
Château-Thierry
Bar-sur-Aube
Flat
168 km
104.39 mi
+1,355 m
Stage 3
20 August
Thursday 20 August
Divonne-les-Bains
Col de la Faucille - Pays de Gex Agglo
Hilly
18 km
11.18 mi
+903 m
Stage 4
21 August
Friday 21 August
Seyssel
Saint-Vulbas
Flat
123 km
76.43 mi
+667 m
Stage 5
22 August
Saturday 22 August
La Tour-en-Maurienne
Saint Jean d'Arves
Mountain
87 km
54.06 mi
+3,334 m
Stage 6a
23 August am
Sunday 23 August am
La Chambre
Saint François Longchamp - Col de la Madeleine
iTT
16 km
9.94 mi
+1,163 m
Stage 6b
23 August pm
Sunday 23 August pm
Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
Bourg Saint Maurice / Les Arcs 1800
Mountain
134 km
83.26 mi
+3,379 m

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

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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