Critérium International

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The Critérium International (until 1980: Critérium National ) was a French road bike race . Despite its name, this race was not a criterion in the sense of the regulations of the UCI World Cycling Association .

The race has been held uninterruptedly since 1932, initially as a one-day race and later as a stage race , and until 1980, as Critérium National, was reserved for French drivers or teams . In the war years 1941 to 1943 there were separate events in the occupied and the unoccupied zone .

From 1981 the competition was included in the international calendar of the UCI and was named Critérium International . Organizers at this time was the Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), which the race over two days consisting of a flat stage, a mountain stage and a time trial , first in the south of France, then from 2001 to 2009 in the French Ardennes , and since 2010 in Corsica . Most recently it was part of the UCI Europe Tour and there in the hors category

Record winners of the race with five wins each are Émile Idée , Raymond Poulidor and Jens Voigt . The best-known winners of the international events include Bernard Hinault , Laurent Fignon , Sean Kelly , Miguel Induráin , Laurent Jalabert , Chris Boardman , Ivan Basso , Cadel Evans , Fränk Schleck and Chris Froome .

In November 2016, the organizer ASO announced that the race would no longer be held after 85 years due to the competition with other competitions and the resulting increasingly weaker starting field.


References and comments

  1. ASO discontinues the Critérium International., November 18, 2016, accessed November 18, 2016 .
  2. a b c The race was held in the German occupied zone .
  3. a b c The race was held in the unoccupied zone .

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