HISTORY OF THE TOUR DE L’ABITIBI

The 49th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi will take place in Amos from July 17th to 23th with start and finish points planned in different locations in the region.

The Tour de l’Abitibi is an international road cycling race that annually brings together 150 cyclists for a week of intense competition. This stage of the Nations’ Cup Juniors UCI is the only one of 7 stages to be presented outside of Europe, which makes the Tour a very renowned and prestigious race. During the past 48 years, the Tour has welcomed thousands of participants from 40 different countries and continues to be an excellent opportunity for cyclists aspiring to become professionals.

2015

The Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is back in Val-d’Or from four years of abscence, and is being a Junior Nations’ Cup event.

2014

The Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is back to being a Junior Nations’ Cup event. The 46th edition will take place in Amos for the city’s 100th anniversary.

2009

The Tour de l’Abitibi and the Nations Cup are amalgamated to offer one event only. The Tour de l’Abitibi/Nations Cup remains a unique international event that brings together the best junior cyclists in the world and that allows for qualification for ICU World Junior Road Championships. It is the only competition of that kind to take place outside of Europe.

2008

The Tour de l’Abitibi presents its 40th edition and takes up the challenge of also presenting the Juniors Nations Cup event newly implemented by ICU. The Nations Cup is a qualifying event for the ICU Juniors Road World Championships.

2003

The Tour de l’Abitibi celebrates its 35th anniversary.

2001

Wearing the colours of Denmark, the Finland native Jukka Vastaranta emulates Peter Mazur and makes gains at the Tour de l’Abitibi and Juniors World Cup.

2000

The Métro Summer Festival is created and presents concerts after the Tour’ daily events.

Canadian Peter Mazur, wearing the colours of an American team, wins the Tour de l’Abitibi and later wins the Juniors World Cup Championship.

1999

Japan participates in the Tour for the first time.

1994

The Tour becomes the only North American stage of the new Juniors World Cup.

1993

First participation of a South American team, Argentina.

1991

Record participation of 9 national teams, including the first participation of an Oceanian team, New Zealand.

1989

The Tour changes its diamond-shape course for a star-shape one with a new stage arrangement following the towns’ geographic location, with departures and arrivals at the same central point.

1988

First participation of an East Bloc country, Czechoslovakia.

1986

Michael Zanoli (Netherlands), world junior champion, is the first holder of the world title to participate in the Tour.

1983

The Tour takes to the streets with its first sidewalk sales, public entertainment and evening concerts under the big top.

1981

First European team: France’s participation marks the beginning of the Tour’s internationalisation.

1980

Participation of the USA national team.

1976

Participation of the 8th edition’s five title holders, which makes it America’s Super Juniors Championship.

1975

Consolidation of festivities surrounding the cycling component.

1973

Participation of the first teams from outside Québec (Ontario and United States). Beginning of alternating host cities.

1969

The Tour de l’Abitibi is born.

Villes hôtesses

2014 Amos
2012-2013 Rouyn-Noranda
2011 Amos
1999-2010 Val d’Or
1998 Amos
1997 La Sarre
1996 Rouyn-Noranda
1995 Val d’Or
1994 La Sarre
1993 Rouyn-Noranda
1992 Amos
1991 Senneterre
1990 Amos
1988-1989 Val d’Or
1987 Rouyn-Noranda
1986 Amos
1985 Val d’Or
1984 Senneterre
1983 Val d’Or
1982 La Sarre
1981 Amos
1980 Senneterre
1979 Val d’Or
1978 Rouyn-Noranda
1977 La Sarre
1976 Val d’Or
1975 Amos
1974 Rouyn-Noranda
1973 Val d’Or
1969-1972 Amos