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Created in 1989, the Tour de l'Ain - the largest sporting event in the department of Ain - reveals every year the star riders of tomorrow.

Tour de l'Ain 2022

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The next Tour de l’Ain will take place from 9th to 11th August. A cycling event for all, it brings together, over 3 days, nearly 800 participants from all categories.

The Tour de l’Ain is above all a revealer of future champions: Thibaut PINOT, Romain BARDET, Julian ALAPHILIPPE, Warren BARGUIL, the current leaders of French cycling won their first professional victory or got first noticed at the event.

This is no coincidence: one of the strengths of the Tour de l’Ain is its territory, a playground which, thanks to its geographical diversity, enables us to create a stage race, alternating between plains and mountains, which will allow the best riders to emerge at the end of an often captivating and fiercely contested race.

The Tour de l’Ain is a festive and friendly event, which actively participates in the animation of every town visited by the peloton. This year, its different partners will develop events to promote cycling in every day life and its benefits on our health.

These new events show the importance of our partners’ commitment to bring the Tour de l’Ain to life: institutional partners, local authorities, economic partners, broadcasters and media, volunteers, cycling fans and general public… Without all our partners and the public, the Tour de l’Ain would not exist as it is. And for this, we thank everyone!

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Date Start / Finish Type Distance Climbing Video Presented by
Stage 1 
9 August
Tuesday 9 August
Châtillon-Sur-Chalaronne (12:15)
Val-Revermont (15:45 estim.)
Flat
151 km
+1,210 m
Stage 2 
10 August
Wednesday 10 August
Saint-Vulbas (12:00)
Lagnieu (15:28 estim.)
Hilly
143 km
+2,679 m
Stage 3 
11 August
Thursday 11 August
Plateau d'Hauteville (12:35)
Lélex (15:45 estim.)
Mountain
129 km
+3,214 m

The Prizes

Awarded at the end of 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.
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Blue Polka Dot Jersey

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

Best sprinter
Worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded at each stage finish.
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White Jersey

Best rider under 25 years old
The white jersey is worn by the rider under 25 years old who is best placed in the general classification of the race.
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Most Combative Rider

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

The fastest on the day
It goes to the first rider to cross the day's finish line.

Best regional rider

Originated from the région Auvergne-Rhone Alpes
Given to the most combative rider overall during the race
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Team Classification

Team against Team
The teams standings are based on the combined times of each team's 3 best riders on every stage.
Awarded on the last day

History

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

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 allowed young talents such as Romain Bardet, Warren Barguil, Pierre Latour or more recently David Gaudu to assert themselves alongside experienced riders such as David Moncoutié, Alexander Vinokourov or Thomas Voeckler.

The short and dynamic stages that take in the relief of the Haut-Jura at the end of the race make the Tour de l’Ain a significant event of the international circuit, favouring a complete rider with strong climbing qualities.

The previous edition

WinnerMichael STORER (AUS) – Team DSM
SecondHarm VANHOUCKE (BEL) - Lotto Soudal
ThirdMatteo BADILATTI (SUI) - Groupama FDJ
Green JerseyMichael STORER (AUS) – Team DSM
Polka Dot JerseyMichael STORER (AUS) – Team DSM
White JerseyAndrea BAGIOLI (ITA) – Deceuninck QuickStep
Team ClassificationLotto Soudal
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The race palmarès
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)