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Created in 1989, the Tour de l'Ain is the biggest sports event in the department. The Tour de l'Ain welcomes all - U17, amateurs & pros - and draws renowned riders each year.

Tour de l'Ain : a great cycling summer festival

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The next Tour de l’Ain will take place from 29 July to 1 August. A cycling event for all, the event gathers, during 4 days, nearly 600 participants, all categories included.

This year, the professional race, preceded by the Cadets race, will be organised over 3 stages, Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July. The cyclosportive race will take place on Sunday 1st August in the Pays de Gex/Monts Jura area.

If the 2020 edition was exceptional in many respects and ended with a podium worthy of a Grand Tour – 1st Primoz ROGLIC, 2nd Egan BERNAL, 3rd Nairo QUINTANA – the Tour de l’Ain 2021 should mark a return to its fundamentals: a summer event, a post-Tour de France stage race that aims to reveal future talents and that also offers, to all the riders, an ideal preparation ground for the big world events at the end of the season, notably the Tour of Spain and the World Championships.

From a sporting point of view, historically, the Tour de l’Ain is a revelation: Thibaut PINOT, Romain BARDET, Julian ALAPHILIPPE, Warren BARGUIL, David GAUDU, the current leaders of French cycling all won their first professional victory there or revealed themselves on the event. This is no coincidence. One of the strengths of the Tour de l’Ain is its territory: a playground which, because of its geographical diversity, is so favourable to cycling, allows the creation of a stage race – alternating plains and mountains – which will allow the best riders to emerge at the end of a race which is often captivating and hard fought.

But beyond the professional competition, the raison d’être of the Tour de l’Ain is to address all cyclists: first of all the 15-16 year olds, who participate in club teams in the Tour de l’Ain Cadets, immersing them in the intensity of a stage race, which constitutes a formative discovery for all these young riders. Then the cyclosportifs, who will (re)discover on the Monts Jura, medium mountain courses, accessible to any trained cyclist, on roads and in beautiful landscapes, favourable to the practice of cyclo-sport.

The Tour de l’Ain is a festive and friendly event that plays a full part in the life and entertainment of the towns it passes through. This year, its partners will develop operations to promote the use of bicycles in daily life and their health benefits. These new actions show the importance of the commitment of the event’s partners in bringing the Tour de l’Ain to life: institutional partners, stage communities, economic partners, TV and media, volunteers from the organisation, cycling fans and the general public…without all the players in the region, the Tour de l’Ain could not exist fully, and we thank them all.

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DateStart / FinishTypeDistanceClimbingVideoPresented by
Stage 1
29 July pm
Thursday 29 July pm
Parc des Oiseaux (12:15 pm CEST)
Bourg-en-Bresse (3:40 pm CEST estim.)
Plaine
141 km
The Bird Park and the Communauté d'Agglomération du Bassin de Bourg-en-Bresse.
Stage 2
30 July pm
Friday 30 July pm
Lagnieu (12:15 pm CEST)
Saint-Vulbas (3:40 pm CEST estim.)
Hilly
136 km
the Community of Communes of the Plaine de l'Ain
Stage 3
31 July pm
Saturday 31 July pm
Izernore (12:10 pm CEST)
Lélex Monts-Jura (3:40 pm CEST estim.)
Moyenne montagne
125 km
Haut-Bugey Agglomeration and Pays de Gex Agglo

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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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.
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Stage Victory

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

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

Combativity Award

Rewards attackers
Given to the most combative rider overall during the race
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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 sure value on the international circuit, favouring a complete rider with strong climbing qualities.

The previous edition

WinnerPrimoz ROGLIC (SLO) - Team Jumbo Visma
SecondEgan BERNAL (COL) - Team Ineos
ThirdNairo QUINTANA (COL) - Team Arkea-Samsic
Green JerseyJoão ALMEIDA (POR) - Deceuninck Quick-Step
Polka Dot JerseyJulien BERNARD (FRA) - Trek Segafredo
White JerseyAndréa BAGIOLI (ITA) - Deceuninck Quick-Step
Team ClassificationTeam JUMBO VISMA
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The Full Palmarès

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)
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