The Race
"The U23 Tour de France"

By copying the format of the Tour de France (prologue, flat and mountain stages and colored jerseys) the Tour de l'Avenir lets the world's the best young rider battle it out in a 9-stage, 10-day race that allows the future stars of pro cycling to shine.

All together, Tour de l'Avenir winners Felice Gimondi (1964), Joop Zoetemelk (1969), Greg Lemond (1982), Miguel Indurain (1986) and Laurent Fignon (1988), have won 12 Tour de France.
  • Open to men aged 19 to 23
  • Riding for their country
  • Final event of the U23 UCI Nations’ Cup

The Prizes

maillot jaune

Yellow jersey

Leader of the general classification

Worn by the fastest rider on all completed stages (the times from each stage are added up). The wearer of the yellow jersey at the end of the last stage wins the overall race.

Sponsored by ALDEN
victoire d'étape

Stage win

The fastest of the day

It goes to the first rider to cross the finish line. He gets profiled by Nicolas Loth, speaker of the Tour de l'Avenir, and a warm handshake from Bernard Hinault.

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Green Jersey

Leader of the points classification

Green is for the rider with the most points won either at the end of each stage or during a mid-race intermediate sprint.

Sponsored by the PARC DES OISEAUX
maillot blanc

Polka dot jersey

King of the Mountains

White is for the rider with the most points won either at the top of selected climbs.

Sponsored by FRANCE MONTAGNES

Combativity award

For the stage

For the hardest working and best sportsman rider. The prize is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury presided by the Race Director. The Most Combative rider wears a red bib number during the following stage.

Super-Combativity award

On the entire race

The Super Combative rider is chosen by the jury at the end of the final stage.

Equipe de France

Team standings

Country vs country

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

l'Italie remportant la NCup

U23 Nations Cup Points

Last opportunity to score points

At the end of each stage the first rider of each country scores points for their team in the general classification of the U23 UCI Nations Cup. The winner of the overall cup will be known at the end of the last stage of the Tour de l'Avenir - the final event in the overall competition.

2016 Edition

Winner 2016
David GAUDU (FRA)

Second place
Edward RAVASI (ITA)
Third place
Adrien COSTA (USA)
Green jersey (points)
Vincenzo ALBANESE (ITA)
Polka dot jersey (best climber)
Lucas HAMILTON (AUS)
Super-combative
Adrien COSTA (USA)
Team standings
AUSTRALIA

54th edition

The poster of the 2017 edition

The Tour de l’Avenir was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, editor-in-chief of L’Equipe newspaper.

The race has evolved over the course of its history. From 1972 to 1979, it was called the Trophée Peugeot de l’Avenir in reference to its official sponsor. From 1986 to 1990, this event took the name of the Tour of the European Community since it was organized by the European Community and the European Parliament. And it was finally in 1992, that the Tour took its current name.

Initially, the race brought together national teams made up of eight riders, half of them under the age of 25. Progressively, the race was open to professionals. Since 2007, the event is exclusively for young riders aged 19 to 23. The Tour de l’Avenir is now part of the UCI Europe Tour (category 2.Ncup) and the U23 UCI Nations Cup.

Palmarès

2016 David GAUDU (FRA)
2015 Marc SOLER GIMENEZ (ESP)
2014 Miguel Angel LOPEZ (COL)
2013 Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR (ESP)
2012 Warren BARGUIL (FRA)
2011 Esteban CHAVES (COL)
2010 Nairo QUINTANA (COL)
2009 Romain SICARD (FRA)
2008 Jan BAKELANTS (BEL)
2007 Bauke MOLLEMA (NED)
2006 Moisés DUENAS (ESP)
2005 Lars Ytting BAK (DEN)
2004 Sylvain CALZATI (FRA)
2003 Egoi MARTINEZ (ESP)
2002 Evgueni PETROV (RUS)
2001 Denis MENCHOV (RUS)
2000 Iker FLORES (ESP)
Alpes Vélo is the technical and commercial organizer of the Tour de l'Avenir. Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organizer of the Tour de France, provides technical and human resources to the event. Alpes Vélo also organizes the Tour de l'Ain and the Ride for Help Charity Cycle Challenge.
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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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