Paris Tours

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Paris Tours

Paris – Tours is a men's road bike race that has been held every autumn since 1896 .

In 1974 the name was one-day race in accordance with the different route Tours-Paris and 1975 Tours- Versailles . Between 1976 and 1987 the race was called the Grand Prix d'Automne (French, German Grand Autumn Prize ), with the course continuing from Tours to Versailles until 1977, from Blois to Montlhéry in 1978 , from Blois to Chaville from 1979 to 1984 and 1985 until 1987 from Créteil to Chaville.

The competition is organized by the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) . Until 2004, the race was part of the ten races in the Cycling World Cup . After its end, from 2005 to 2007 it was part of the newly introduced UCI ProTour , a series of the most important cycling races of the year. Due to the conflict between the organizer ASO and the International Cycling Union UCI is the race since 2008 part of the UCI Europe Tour and is UCI Category 1.HC classified. It is generally counted among the classics .

The race distance fluctuated over the years due to the chosen route between 246 km and 342 km (in the 1920s). In 2009 it was 230 km. Four drivers managed to win the race three times each: Gustave Danneels (1934, 1936, 1937), Paul Maye (1941, 1942, 1945), Guido Reybrouck (1964, 1966, 1968) and Erik Zabel (1994, 2003, 2005) ).


Professionals / elite

U23 / amateurs

On the same day as the main race, a version for drivers of the U23 class (until the introduction of the standard license in 1995 for amateurs ) will be held. The race has been part of the UCI Europe Tour since 2005 and is classified in category 1.2.

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