Tour de l'Ain

Tour de l'Ain
Race details
Date August
Region France
English name Tour of Ain
Race of Friendship
Local name(s) Tour de l'Ain
Prix de l'Amitié
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour 2.1
Type Stage race
Organiser Alpes Vélo
First edition 1989 (1989)
Editions 28 (as of 2016)
First winner  Serge Pires Leal (FRA)
Most wins No repeat winners
Most recent  Sam Oomen (NED)

Tour de l'Ain, also known as the Prix de l'Amitié , is an annual late season professional cycling stage race held in mid-August in eastern France. The first Tour de l'Ain was held in 1989 and was organized by Dante Lavacca, Armand Peracca and Maurice Josserand. From 1989 to 1992 it was an amateur event. In 1993 it became open to professionals. In 1999 Cyclisme Organisation took over the organizing of the event and in the 1999 edition for the first time the climb of the Grand Colombier was included. The race had a 2.5 UCI status but was in 2002 promoted to the 2.3 category. Since the inception of the UCI ProTour and the UCI Continental circuits in 2005, the race has been classed as a 2.1 category race.[1] The race has a mountainous profile and is held in the Jura Mountains with the 1,534 metre high Grand Colombier as a decisive climb in the four-day stage race.


Rider Team
1989 France Pires Leal, SergeSerge Pires Leal (FRA)
1990 France Moretti, DenisDenis Moretti (FRA)
1991 France Drubay, EricEric Drubay (FRA)
1992 France Leproux, DenisDenis Leproux (FRA)
1993 France Magnien, EmmanuelEmmanuel Magnien (FRA) Castorama
1994 France Lebreton, LylianLylian Lebreton (FRA) Aubervilliers 93-Peugeot
1995 France Hubert, EmmanuelEmmanuel Hubert (FRA) FFC-LCPF
1996 France Delrieu, DavidDavid Delrieu (FRA) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
1997 United States Julich, BobbyBobby Julich (USA) Cofidis
1998 Italy Gasperoni, CristianCristian Gasperoni (ITA) Amore & Vita-Forzacore
1999 Poland Gwiazdowski, GrzegorzGrzegorz Gwiazdowski (POL) Cofidis
2000 Kazakhstan Yakovlev, SergueiSerguei Yakovlev (KAZ) Besson Chaussures
2001 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvaïloIvaïlo Gabrovski (BUL) Jean Delatour
2002 Germany Oriol, ChristopheChristophe Oriol (GER) AG2R Prévoyance
2003 Belgium Merckx, AxelAxel Merckx (BEL) Lotto–Domo
2004 France Pineau, JeromeJérôme Pineau (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2005 France Naibo, CarlCarl Naibo (FRA) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h
2006 France Dessel, CyrilCyril Dessel (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2007 France Gadret, JohnJohn Gadret (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2008 Germany Gerdemann, LinusLinus Gerdemann (GER) Team Columbia
2009 Estonia Taaramae, ReinRein Taaramäe (EST) Cofidis
2010 Spain Zubeldia, HaimarHaimar Zubeldia (ESP) Team RadioShack
2011 France Moncoutié, DavidDavid Moncoutié (FRA) Cofidis
2012 United States Talansky, AndrewAndrew Talansky (USA) Garmin–Sharp
2013 France Bardet, RomainRomain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2014 Netherlands Lindeman, Bert-JanBert-Jan Lindeman (NED) Rabobank Development Team
2015 France Geniez, AlexandreAlexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ
2016 Netherlands Oomen, SamSam Oomen (NED) Team Giant–Alpecin


  1. "Historique du Tour de l'Ain". Tour de l’Ain. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
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