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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.

32nd edition : back in summer

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The next Tour de l’Ain will take place from 07 th to August 09 th. 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 – so favourable to cycling – 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 contest.

Organised these last two at the end of spring, the Tour de l’Ain 2020 has been moved to summer.

While, in sporting and TV viewership terms, the 2018 and 2019 editions gave us full satisfaction, we also noticed that, for a number of reasons, the traditional public of the event is harder to mobilise at the start and finish sites as well as in the towns crossed in May.

Yet besides the sporting competition, the raison d’être of this race is to hold a popular event for a public that is passionate about cycling – or not – and that wishes above all to take part in a festive and convivial event. We risked losing this dimension gradually. This is why, in full agreement with the elected officials of the Ain Department, of relevant local authorities, and of our partners, we have chosen to move the Tour de l’Ain in the heart of the summer.

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Date Start / Finish Type Distance Climbing Video Presented by
Stage 1
7 August
Friday 7 August
Montréal-La-Cluse (11:45 am CEST)
Ceyzériat (4:20 pm CEST estim.)
Flat
140 km
+1,789 m
Haut Bugey Agglomération & Grand Bassin de Bourg en Bresse
Stage 2
8 August
Saturday 8 August
Lagnieu (11:20 am CEST)
Lélex Monts-Jura (3:00 pm CEST estim.)
Mountain
141 km
+3,159 m
CC Plaine de l'Ain & Pays de Gex Agglo
Stage 3
9 August
Sunday 9 August
Saint Vulbas (11:05 am CEST)
Grand Colombier (2:53 pm CEST estim.)
Mountain
145 km
+3,562 m
CC Plaine de l'Ain

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.

Last Year

WinnerThibaut PINOT (FRA) – Groupama – FDJ
SecondMathias Frank (SUI) - AG2R LA MONDIALE
ThirdRein Taaramäe (EST) - Total Direct Energie
Green JerseyThibaut PINOT (FRA) – Groupama – FDJ
Polka Dot JerseyThibaut PINOT (FRA) – Groupama – FDJ
White JerseyVadim PRONSKIY (KAZ) – Vino – Astana Motors
Team ClassificationAG2R LA MONDIALE

The Tour de l'Ain is an indisputable showcase of the best in cycling in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Positioned in the heart of the summer, just before the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France, this event, which has now become a must for many seasoned riders, will be an opportunity to experience cycling at its best again after several months without racing.

At the Region, with Stéphanie PERNOD BEAUDON, our Vice-President of the Region in charge of Sports, we are very proud to be a major partner. We will thus be the exclusive partner of the polka dot jersey which fully corresponds to our identity, being the first mountain region in France. This 32nd edition will have a special flavour. Indeed, the final will take place at Le Grand Colombier on a route that will perfectly match the 15th stage of the Grande Boucle, a dress rehearsal that could attract great riders for a guaranteed show.

This is the meaning of our support for this event: to allow sporting events to make our territory shine while providing beautiful emotions. The bicycle, because it contributes to the diffusion of values such as surpassing oneself and the sense of effort, will always be able to count on our support. In this spirit, we have invested heavily to support more than 70 races and help more than 80 clubs throughout the region over the long term, not to mention our mobilization in favour of training centres, leagues and committees.

May this Tour de l'Ain be a great success. Good show to all!

Laurent WAUQUIEZ
Président de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Unheard of, the 2020 vintage!

Happily, our Tour de l'Ain survives the health crisis!

And we are pleased that our 32nd edition is gaining a little more prestige, in line with the constraints imposed on the UCI.
This 2020 vintage is a novelty, as it comes three times smiling at the passion we have for "the little queen". So let's smile at her too!

First of all, let's smile at the calendar: for the first time, the Tour de l'Ain precedes the Tour de France, which has been postponed to 29th August. Like a life-size test, between plains and mountains, it is a test of preparation for the Grande Boucle. Ideal for riders who are going to "get back on their feet" after a long confinement.

Smile at the course, too: true to the diversity of our territories, its route combines six intermunicipal areas of our department. And its third stage will mark the apotheosis by linking Saint-Vulbas to Grand Colombier. Same route, same pitfalls, same challenge as the 15th stage of the Tour de France (Lyon-Grand Colombier). Over the last 110 kilometres, "the strongest" will compete in a dress rehearsal for the September 13 event.

Finally, let's smile at the performance of the Organising Committee and its 600 volunteers: the conditions for welcoming the public, in strict compliance with health regulations, will sacrifice nothing to the festive atmosphere that is so dear to us! Animations and publicity caravans will criss-cross the most beautiful sites of our region. What better way to promote the tourist jewels of our department! And thus confirm our choice to support such sporting events, which are no less popular, to the point of elevating this race to the rank of the Ain's thirty-year old heritage.

Thanks to the Tour de l'Ain, thanks to the bike. Thanks to its champions...

Jean Deguerry
Président du Département de l’Ain
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The Full Palmarès

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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