The Tour of Ain 2023
The 35th edition will take place from 31 th to 2nd August.
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.
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
Guillaume MARTIN (FRA) - TEAM COFIDIS
Mattias JENSEN (DEN) - TREK-SEGAFREDO
Rudy MOLARD (FRA) - GROUPAMA-FDJ
Mattias JENSEN (DEN) - TREK-SEGAFREDO
Polka Dot Jersey
Hannes WILKSCH (ALL) - EQUIPE D'ALLEMAGNE ESPOIRS
Mattias JENSEN (DEN) - TREK-SEGAFREDO
Julian ALAPHILIPPE (FRA) - QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL TEAM
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a great cycling region, and we're proud to host such emblematic races every year, which are always great moments of celebration and popularity for our region and its people. The Tour de l'Ain is a fine example of this.
In 2023, the Tour de l'Ain is once again set to be a not-to-be-missed event. From Loyettes to Oyonnax via Lagnieu, spectators will be able to admire the elite of the world peloton over 3 days of racing. There's no doubt that the geographical diversity of the Ain region, between the plains and the mountains, will, as it does every year, provide an opportunity to follow stages that are hotly contested and full of suspense, at the end of which we all hope to see a French rider come out on top, as Guillaume Martin did last year.
More than just a great sporting moment, this event will be an opportunity to highlight the great values that cycling conveys: a sense of effort, perseverance and surpassing oneself. These are also the values that we are keen to promote through our partnership with the Tour de l'Ain.
Have a great race!Laurent WAUQUIEZ
Président de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
The Ain, land of cycling!
Once again this year, the Tour de l'Ain 2023 will round off a summer of cycling in the Ain. I'd like to thank and congratulate all the volunteers who make this event possible, as well as the organising committee, which is once again demonstrating its high level of professionalism.
The Department is proud to be associated, as it is every year, with this major cycling event in the Ain. The Tour de l'Ain, with its peloton and roadside supporters, is a key race in the French cycling calendar. It's here that the best riders come to cut their teeth, because the roads of the Ain are a breeding ground for champions!
The department is determined to continue to make the Ain a land of cycling. It's essential for the tourist economy, for the changes in mobility that are taking place, for the environment, for our sporting strategy and for the attractiveness of the region. Organising such major events as the Tour de l'Ain goes a long way towards identifying the Ain as such. A land of cycling, a land of popular festivities, a land of sport and commitment!Jean DEGUERRY
Président du Département de l’Ain
How would you like to escape to the Ain this summer? As one of France's most popular cycling destinations, the Ain offers an ideal playground for all cyclists. The variety and richness of its landscapes, from rolling plains to the legendary mountain passes that the Tour de France riders will be tackling this summer, make the Ain an area of excellence for all fans of two wheels.
Whether you're a keen cyclist, a touring cyclist, a mountain biker, a pass hunter or an occasional rider in search of a good ride, the Ain has 3,500km of signposted circuits and loops for you to explore. Set off to conquer this superb network of routes, including the famous ViaRhôna and the superb Voie Bleue. Pedal leisurely along country roads to discover villages with character. Take time to admire the beauty of the Bugey's vineyards as you wind your way along a narrow road.
If you're a keen sportsman, the Ain also offers you the chance to challenge the legendary cols that attract some of the biggest international competitions. These fully-marked climbs offer a great deal of satisfaction once you reach the top, but above all they offer spectacular panoramic views. So, are you ready to tackle the Col de la Biche, Col du Grand Colombier and Col de la Faucille?
Whether you're passionate about heritage, gastronomy or the great outdoors, the Ain has all the ingredients for a rejuvenating holiday.Damien Abad
Solimut Mutuelle de France and the Tour de l'Ain have a long history of partnership based on the values of trust, friendship and simplicity.
Solimut Mutuelle de France began this adventure in 1996 by participating in the project to create a publicity caravan.
Over the years, the partnership has grown, with Solimut Mutuelle de France becoming a partner of the white jersey, the best young rider jersey and, for the last 5 years, a partner of the yellow jersey.
The Tour de l'Ain has grown alongside Solimut Mutuelle de France, progressing to become recognised as one of the finest cycling races in France, without ever forgetting its values, which Solimut Mutuelle de France shares.
On the Solimut Mutuelle de France stand, shared with 01 Diabète, the Blood Donors, Oxance and this year, for the first time, with the sports branch of the Lyon Civil Hospitals, an activity based around the bike smoothie will be offered with a focus on sport and health.
Sport contributes to good health, and cycling isn't just about the pros - it's also a passion for thousands of enthusiasts, a game for children and an environmentally-friendly way of getting around.
The Tour de l'Ain gives thousands of people the chance to enjoy a high-quality spectacle free of charge. Cycling is a popular sport accessible to all.
You might think that cycling is only an individual sport, but it is also a team sport based on the values of mutual aid and solidarity, values shared by Solimut Mutuelle de France.
Chairman of the Comité d'Animation Mutualiste de l'Ain