The Race

Tour de l'Avenir winners Felice Gimondi (1964), Joop Zoetemelk (1969), Greg Lemond (1982), Miguel Indurain (1986), Laurent Fignon (1988) and Egan Bernal (2019) have won a combined 13 Tours de France.

The 2020 Tour de l'Avenir: on a new trajectory

From 14th to 19th August 2020

The Tour de l’Avenir 2020 is maintained, this is the main good news that the Alpes Vélo organisation is happy to confirm, concerning this real Tour de France for young people (under 23 years old).
The 57th edition will take place from 14 to 19 August next, subject to obvious health problems, on a format that has been slightly reduced to six days of racing, but which does not change the vocation of the event, particularly its mountainous nature.
The new dates validated by the French Cycling Federation (FFC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) are part of a calendar that has been globally reshaped to take account of the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and will mean a shift towards the second half of August, i.e. one week more than initially planned (7 to 16 August).

6 stages and a Grand Départ from Château-Thierry

The route undergoes several modifications. In particular, the prologue initially planned in Charleville- Mézières and the two following stages are cancelled. It is already planned to return very quickly to the towns that were unable to host the event this year: thus, the Grand Start in Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes), the stage finish in Soissons (Aisne) and the team time trial in Laon (Aisne) are already scheduled for next year.
This year, the Grand Depart will be given on Friday 14th August 2020 in Château-Thierry (Aisne). The general design of the event now provides for a first mountainous approach in the Jura and a timed stage in the Ain department, on the slopes of the Col de la Faucille. The alpine stay, with the traditional drop- off point in Savoie, presents a slightly modified programme without changing the profile of the major difficulties with a final finish maintained at altitude in the resort of Les Arcs after crossing the Iseran Pass.

Revealing tomorrow’s champions

The continuation of the Tour de l’Avenir is a determining factor for the generation of riders under 23 years of age who risked missing the opportunity to show themselves in this very special year and thus dry up the recruitment of the professional sector. The calendar for these young riders is indeed considerably narrowed and the Tour de l’Avenir is all the more crucial.
Concerning the international nature of the event, which is one of the key points of the Tour de l’Avenir, which is run under the formula of the “espoir” national teams (under 23 years of age), reasonable optimism allows us to envisage a fairly broad participation, particularly from European countries.
The prize list, especially in recent years, is the most motivating encouragement for the hopes of the world’s top nations after the successes of Colombian Egan Bernal (2017), the last winner of the Tour de France, Slovenian Pogaçar (2018) whose debut in the UCI WorldTour was sensational, and Norwegian Tobias Foss, the 2019 winner.

An adapted device for the reception of the public

If the event keeps its festive and free character, with the animations and the publicity caravan, strict measures of accompaniment and reception of the public will be set up by the organization, in coordination with the public authorities and according to the directives to be applied in August.

Affiche de la course
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Stage 1
14 August
Friday 14 August
167 km
103.77 mi
+1,355 m
Stage 2
15 August
Saturday 15 August
140 km
86.99 mi
+2,710 m
Stage 3
16 August
Sunday 16 August
Col de la Faucille - Pays de Gex Agglo
20 km
12.43 mi
+903 m
Stage 4
17 August
Monday 17 August
Saint François Longchamp
191 km
118.68 mi
+3,730 m
Stage 5
18 August
Tuesday 18 August
La Tour-en-Maurienne
La Toussuire
69 km
42.87 mi
+2,594 m
Stage 6
19 August pm
Wednesday 19 August pm
Bourg Saint Maurice / Arc 1800
134 km
83.26 mi
+3,379 m

The Prizes

Awarded after 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.
Sponsored by 

Polka Dot Jersey

Best climber
Awarded to the rider who acquires the most points at the top of each climb and at summit finishes.
Sponsored by 

White Jersey

Best rider in the 19-20 age category
The general individual time classification is established by adding the times recorded by each rider in the 6 stages. The white jersey is worn by the rider in the 19-20 age category who is best placed in the general classification of the race.
Sponsored by 

Green Jersey

Best sprinter
Worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded at each stage finish and at the intermediate sprint in certain normal stages.
Sponsored by 

Stage Victory

The fastest on the day
It goes to the first rider to cross the day's finish line. He gets praised on the podium by the race speaker Nicolas Loth and a warm handshake from Bernard Hinault.

Most Aggressive Rider

At the end of each stage
Awarded to the hardest working rider and best sportsman 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.
Sponsored by 

Team Classification

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

U23 UCI Nations Cup Classification

World ranking of teams a national U23
At the end of each stage the first rider of each country scores team points 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.
Awarded on the last day

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.
Parrainé par


The Tour de l’Avenir was created in 1961 by Jacques Marchand, editor of the newspaper L’Équipe.

The race has changed name several times in its history. From 1972 to 1979, it was called the Trophée Peugeot de l’Avenir in reference to its official sponsor. Then from 1986 to 1990, this event took the name of Tour de la Communauté Européenne since it was organised by the European Community and the European Parliament. And finally in 1992, the race acquired its current name of Tour de l’Avenir.

Originally, the Tour de l’Avenir brought together national teams of eight riders, half of whom had to be under 25 years old. Gradually, the race was opened up to professionals. Since 2007, the event is the exclusive domain of young riders aged 19 to 23 years old.

The Tour de l’Avenir is now part of the UCI U23 Nations Cup (category 2.Ncup).

Last Year

WinnerTobias FOSS (NOR)
SecondGiovanni ALEOTTI (ITA)
Green JerseyMatteo JORGENSON (USA)
Polka Dot JerseyJon AGIRRE (ESP)
Super Combative RiderStefan BISSEGGER (CHE)
Team ClassificationBelgium
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Palmarès complet

2019Tobias Foss (NOR)
2018Tadej POGACAR (SLO)
2017Egan BERNAL (COL)
2016David GAUDU (FRA)
2014Miguel Angel LOPEZ (COL)
2012Warren BARGUIL (FRA)
2011Esteban CHAVES (COL)
2010Nairo QUINTANA (COL)
2009Romain SICARD (FRA)
2007Bauke MOLLEMA (NED)
2006Moisés DUENAS (ESP)
2005Lars Ytting BAK (DEN)
2004Sylvain CALZATI (FRA)
2002Evgueni PETROV (RUS)
2001Denis MENCHOV (RUS)
2000Iker FLORES (ESP)
1999Unai OSA (ESP)
1998Christophe RINERO (FRA)
1997Laurent ROUX (FRA)
1995Emmanuel MAGNIEN (FRA)
1994Angel CASERO (ESP)
1993Thomas DAVY (FRA)
1992Hervé GAREL (FRA)
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)
1976Sven-Ake NILSSON (SWE)
1973Gianbattista BARONCHELLI (ITA)
1972Fedor DEN HERTOG (NED)
1971Régis OVION (FRA)
1970Marcel DUCHEMIN (FRA)
1968Jean-Pierre BOULARD (FRA)
1967Christian ROBINI (FRA)
1966Mino DENTI (ITA)
1965Mariano DIAZ (ESP)
1964Felice GIMONDI (ITA)
1961Guido DE ROSSO (ITA)