The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual road cycling stage race. Raced over eight days, the event covers two weekends in June, and along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, it is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is on the calendar approximately two weeks after the end of the Tour de Suisse. Since 2011 the event is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest level of professional races.

History

The race was first held in 1933 and has evolved in timing, duration and sponsorship. Like the Tour de France and the Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse has several stages with significant mountain climbs in the Swiss Alps and at least one individual time trial. Several winners of the Tour de Suisse have also won the Tour de France, including Eddy Merckx and Jan Ullrich. In 2005 the Tour de Suisse was included in the inaugural UCI Pro Tour and organizers moved the race to earlier in June.

The first winner of the race was Austrian Max Bulla in the 1933 edition. The rider with most wins is Italian Pasquale Fornara with 4 wins in the 1950s. The most recent winner is Geraint Thomas, who won for the first time in 2022.

Winners

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Year Country Rider Team
1933  Austria Max Bulla
1934  Germany Ludwig Geyer
1935  France Gaspard Rinaldi
1936  Belgium Henri Garnier
1937  Switzerland Karl Litschi
1938  Italy Giovanni Valetti
1939  Switzerland Robert Zimmermann
1940 No race
1941  Switzerland Josef Wagner
1942  Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1943–
1945
No race
1946  Italy Gino Bartali
1947  Italy Gino Bartali
1948  Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1949  Switzerland Gottfried Weilenmann
1950  Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1951  Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler
1952  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1953  Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1954  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1955  Switzerland Hugo Koblet
1956  Switzerland Rolf Graf
1957  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1958  Italy Pasquale Fornara
1959  West Germany Hans Junkermann
1960  Switzerland Alfred Rüegg
1961  Switzerland Attilio Moresi
1962  West Germany Hans Junkermann
1963  Italy Giuseppe Fezzardi
1964  Switzerland Rolf Maurer
1965  Italy Franco Bitossi
1966  Italy Ambrogio Portalupi
1967  Italy Gianni Motta Molteni
1968  Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1969  Italy Vittorio Adorni
1970  Italy Roberto Poggiali
1971  Belgium Georges Pintens
1972  Switzerland Louis Pfenninger
1973  Spain José Manuel Fuente Kas–Kaskol
1974  Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni
1975  Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Brooklyn
1976  Netherlands Hennie Kuiper TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1977  Belgium Michel Pollentier Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978  Belgium Paul Wellens TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1979  Belgium Wilfried Wesemael TI–Raleigh–McGregor
1980  Italy Mario Beccia Hoonved–Bottecchia
1981  Switzerland Beat Breu Cilo–Aufina
1982  Italy Giuseppe Saronni Del Tongo
1983  Ireland Sean Kelly Sem–France Loire–Reydel–Mavic
1984  Switzerland Urs Zimmermann Cilo–Aufina–Crans–Montana
1985  Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic–Raleigh
1986  United States Andrew Hampsten La Vie Claire
1987  United States Andrew Hampsten 7-Eleven
1988  Austria Helmut Wechselberger Malvor–Bottecchia–Sidi
1989  Switzerland Beat Breu Domex–Weinmann
1990  Ireland Sean Kelly PDM–Concorde–Ultima
1991  Belgium Luc Roosen Tulip Computers
1992  Italy Giorgio Furlan Ariostea
1993  Italy Marco Saligari Ariostea
1994  Switzerland Pascal Richard GB–MG Maglificio
1995  Russia Pavel Tonkov Lampre–Panaria
1996  Austria Peter Luttenberger Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997  France Christophe Agnolutto Casino
1998  Italy Stefano Garzelli Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
1999  Italy Francesco Casagrande Vini Caldirola
2000  Switzerland Oscar Camenzind Lampre–Daikin
2001  Italy Gilberto Simoni[a] Lampre–Daikin
2002  Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003  Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Team Telekom
2004  Germany Jan Ullrich T-Mobile Team
2005  Spain Aitor González Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006  Spain Koldo Gil[b] Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007  Russia Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne
2008  Czech Republic Roman Kreuziger Liquigas
2009  Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank
2010  Luxembourg Fränk Schleck Team Saxo Bank
2011  United States Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack
2012  Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2013  Portugal Rui Costa Movistar Team
2014  Portugal Rui Costa Lampre–Merida
2015  Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha
2016  Colombia Miguel Ángel López Astana
2017  Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018  Australia Richie Porte BMC Racing Team
2019  Colombia Egan Bernal Team Ineos
2020 No race due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland
2021[5]  Ecuador Richard Carapaz Ineos Grenadiers
2022[6]  Great Britain Geraint Thomas Ineos Grenadiers

Multiple winners

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Rider Country Titles Year
Pasquale Fornara  Italy 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958
Ferdinand Kübler  Switzerland 3 1942, 1948, 1951
Hugo Koblet  Switzerland 3 1950, 1953, 1955
Rui Costa  Portugal 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Gino Bartali  Italy 2 1946, 1947
Hans Junkermann  West Germany 2 1959, 1962
Louis Pfenninger  Switzerland 2 1968, 1972
Beat Breu  Switzerland 2 1981, 1989
Sean Kelly  Ireland 2 1983, 1990
Andrew Hampsten  United States 2 1986, 1987
Simon Špilak  Slovenia 2 2015, 2017

By country

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Country Times won
 Switzerland 23
 Italy 20
 Belgium 8
 Germany/ West Germany 4
 Portugal
 Austria
 Spain
 United States
3
 Ireland
 France
 Russia
 Slovenia
 Australia
 Colombia
2
 Netherlands
 Kazakhstan
 Czech Republic
 Luxembourg
 Ecuador
 Great Britain
1

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The race was initially won by Lance Armstrong,[2] but he was stripped of this victory in October 2012.[3]
  2. ^ The race was initially won by Jan Ullrich, but he was stripped of this victory in February 2012.[4]

References

  1. ^ TdS 2020, pp. 8–9.
  2. ^ TdS 2020, p. 8.
  3. ^ "Lance Armstrong: Governing body strips American of Tour wins". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ TdS 2020, p. 9.
  5. ^ Goddard, Ben (13 June 2021). "Richard Carapaz wins Tour de Suisse". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Geraint Thomas storms home as first British winner of Tour de Suisse". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. PA Media. 19 June 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  7. ^ TdS 2020, p. 12.
  8. ^ TdS 2020, p. 10.

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