The Race

A safe bet on the international calendar, the Tour de l'Ain welcomes the best teams in the world. Varied and dynamic profiles that often make the event a race that reveals talent.

The Tour of Ain 2024

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The 36th edition will take place from 13 to 15 July

Sportingly speaking, historically, the Tour de l’Ain is revealing: Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet, Julian Alaphilippe, Warren Barguil, David Gaudu, the current leaders of French cycling have all won their first professional victory there or revealed themselves on the ‘test. It is not a coincidence. One of the strengths of the Tour de l’Ain is its territory: a playground which, by its geographical diversity, so favorable to the practice of cycling, allows the creation of a race in stages – alternating plain and mountain – which will allow best runners to emerge at the end of an often captivating and fiercely contested race.

The Tour de l’Ain is a festive and friendly event that fully participates in the life and animation of the municipalities crossed. Its partners will develop, this year, operations to promote the use of bicycles in daily life and its health benefits.

These new actions show the importance of the commitment of the event’s partners to bring the Tour de l’Ain to life: institutional partners, stopover communities, economic partners, TV and media, organization volunteers, cycling fans and the general public…without all the actors of the territory, the Tour de l’Ain could not fully exist, thank you to everyone.

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Date StartFinish Type Distance Climbing Video Presented by
Stage 1
13 July pm
Saturday 13 July pm
LAIZ (LA VEYLE C.C.) (12:00)
BOURG-EN-BRESSE (GRAND BOURG AGGLO.) (15:20 estim.)
Flat
137 km
+1,208 m
Stage 2
14 July pm
Sunday 14 July pm
SAINT-VULBAS (11:20)
LELEX MONTS-JURA (PAYS DE GEX AGGLO.) (15:24 estim.)
Mountain
155 km
+2,931 m
Stage 3
15 July pm
Monday 15 July pm
LAGNIEU (C.C. PLAINE DE L'AIN) (11:15)
ILE CHAMBOD (CERDON VALLEE DE L’AIN) (15:18 estim.)
Hilly
153 km
+2,682 m

History

Created in 1989, the Tour de l’Ain is integrated into the calendar of the International Cycling Union (Class 2.1) and counts for the UCI Europe Tour. A classification that allows it to host 20 teams among the best teams in the world.

Taking place a few weeks after the Tour de France, a special place is given to neo-pros and development teams.

The Tour de l’Ain has thus enabled young talents such as Romain Bardet, Warren Barguil, Julian Alaphilippe, Pierre Latour or more recently David Gaudu to assert themselves alongside experienced riders such as David Moncoutié, Alexandre Vinokourov or again Thomas Voeckler.

The short and dynamic stages borrowing, on the end of the event, the reliefs of the Haut-Jura, make the Tour de l’Ain, a safe bet on the international circuit, favoring a complete runner with asserted qualities of climber.

The previous edition

  • Winner
    STORER Michael (GROUPAMA-FDJ) - AUS
  • Second
    ELISSONDE Kenny (LIDL-TREK) - FRA
  • Third
    PRODHOMME Nicolas (AG2R CITROEN TEAM) - FRA
  • Green Jersey
    STORER Michael (GROUPAMA-FDJ) - AUS
  • Polka Dot Jersey
    CALMEJANE Lilian (INTERMARCHE-CIRCUS-WANTY) - FRA
  • White Jersey
    DELBOVE Joris (SAINT MICHEL - MAVIC - AUBER93) - FRA
  • Super-Combative
    ELISSONDE Kenny (LIDL-TREK) - FRA
  • Team Classification
    GROUPAMA-FDJ
The race palmarès
2023Michael STORER (AUS)GROUPAMA – FDJ
2022Guillaume MARTIN (FRA)TEAM COFIDIS
2021Michael STORER (AUS)TEAM DSM
2020Primoz ROGLIC (SLO)TEAM JUMBO VISMA
2019Thibaut PINOT (FRA)GROUPAMA – FDJ
2018Arthur VICHOT (FRA)GROUPAMA – FDJ
2017Thibaut PINOT (FRA)FDJ
2016Sam OOMEN (NED)GIANT-ALPECIN
2015Alexandre GENIEZ (FRA)FDJ
2014Bertjan LINDEMAN (NL) RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT
2013Romain BARDET (FRA)AG2R LA MONDIALE
2012Andrew TALANSKY (USA)GARMIN SHARP
2011David MONCOUTIÉ (FRA)COFIDIS
2010Haimar ZUBELDIA (ESP)RADIOSHACK
2009Rein TAARAMAE (EST)COFIDIS
2008Linus GERDEMANN (ALL)TEAM COLUMBIA
2007John GADRET (FRA)AG2R PRÉVOYANCE
2006Cyril DESSEL (FRA)AG2R PRÉVOYANCE
2005Carl NAIBO (FRA)BRETAGNE – JEAN FLOC’H
2004Jérôme PINEAU (FRA)BRIOCHES – LA BOULANGÈRE
2003Axel MERCKX (BEL)LOTTO DOMO
2002Christophe ORIOL (FRA)AG2R PRÉVOYANCE
2001Ivaïlo GABROVSKI (BUL)JEAN DELATOUR
2000Sergei YAKOVLEV (KAZ)BESSON CHAUSSURES
1999Grzegorz GWIAZDOWSKI (POL)COFIDIS
1998Cristian GASPERONI (ITA)AMORE & VITA
1997Bobby JULICH (USA)COFIDIS
1996David DELRIEU (FRA)MUTUELLE DE SEINE-ET-MARNE
1995Emmanuel HUBERT (FRA)LE GROUPEMENT
1994Lylian LEBRETON (FRA)AUBERVILLIERS 93 – PEUGEOT
1993Emmanuel MAGNIEN (FRA) CASTORAMA
1992Denis LEPROUX (FRA)
1991Eric DRUBAY (FRA)
1990Denis MORETTI (FRA)
1989Serge PIRES-LEAL (FRA)