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25th Route du Sud - 2.3

France, June 23-26, 2001

2000 results    Stage list     Preview    Starting list    Past winners

The Stages

  • Stage 1 - June 23: Carcassonne - Carcassonne, 168 km
  • Stage 2a - June 24: Carcassonne - Castres, 118 km
  • Stage 2b - June 24: Castres ITT, 17 km
  • Stage 3 - June 25: Saint-Salvy-de-Balma - Saint-Gaudens, 206 km
  • Stage 4 - June 26: Saint-Gaudens - Plateau de Beille, 181 km

Preview

The last stage race before the Tour is the four day Route du Sud in France. It is classed 2.3 by the UCI, considerably lower than either the Tour de Suisse or the Volta a Catalunya. Although most of the Tour teams are riding in those two events, a few remain to contest the Route du Sud.

The following teams will contest the race, which begins in Carcasonne on June 23: Banesto, Jean Delatour, Lotto, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Kelme-Costa Blanca, Française des Jeux, Cofidis, AG2R Prévoyance, Crédit Agricole, Fassa-Bortolo, Bonjour, Big Mat Auber, Festina, Rabobank, Mercury-Viatel, and CSC-Worldonline.

Notable riders include Dauphiné Libére winner, Christophe Moreau, Jean Delatour's Laurent Brochard and Laurent Roux, Rabobank's Michael Boogerd and Erik Dekker, Mercury's Peter Van Petegem and Euskaltel's David Etxebarria.

The race includes a 17 kilometre time trial in Castres on June 24, and also features a mountain top finish on the Plateau de Beille on June 26 on the final day.

Starting List

Coming!

Past Winners

The Route du Sud began officially in 1988 as a Cat 2.4 event. It was previously
known as the Tour du Tarn (1977-81) and then Tour Midi-Pyrénees (1982-87).

2000 Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Banesto
1999 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) US Postal
1998 Armand de las Cuevas (Fra) Banesto 
1997 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Rabobank
1996 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE
1995 Laurent Dufaux (Sui) Festina
1994 Alvaro Mejia (Col) Motorola
1993 Eric Boyer (Fra) GAN
1992 Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Postobon
1991 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Helvetia
1990 Yves Bonnamour (Fra) Castorama
1989 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Z Peugeot
1988 Ronan Pensec (Fra) Z Peugeot
1987 Régis Clere (Fra) Teka
1986 Niki Rüttimann (Swi) La Vie Claire
1985 Stephen Roche (Ire) La Redoute
1984 Pascal Simon (Fra) Peugeot
1983 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Peugeot
1982 Francesco Moser (Ita) Famucine
1981 Jean-René Bernaudeau (Fra) Peugeot
1980 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Peugeot
1979 Yvon Bertin (Fra) Renault
1978 Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Fra) Gitane
1977 Jacques Esclassan (Fra) Peugeot

Past winners from Mario Stiehl, Berlin