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Tour de France: The Previous Winners

The Tour de France, the world's most famous cycle race, is the pinnacle of professional road cycling and the race that every rider dreams of winning when they first clip their shoes into the pedals.

First raced in 1903, there have been 108 different editions of the multiple-stage Grand Tour race which offers something for everyone, whether that be the high-octane thrills of the sprint stages, the breakaway stages favoured by the rouleurs and the high-mountain tests where the General Classification (GC) really takes shape.

And while the likes of Mark Cavendish made their name on the Champs-Elysees, it's the yellow jersey - worn by the best GC rider - which is the most coveted prize in cycling.

WhatTour de France
WhereBilbao to Paris
WhenSaturday 1st July - Sunday 23th July
How to watchLive on ITV4 & Eurosport, Discovery+ & GCN+
OddsJonas Vingegaard 10/11, Tadej Pogacar 11/8, Enric Mas 12/1, Jai Hindley 25/1

Initially founded as a reason to sell more newspapers, the first Tour de France took place in 1903 as a six-stage race won by Frenchman Maurice Garin.
 
Contested by national teams until 1961, that year's edition marked the second of five GC wins for Frenchman Jacques Anquetil, who claimed the yellow jersey in the opening-day time trial and remained in the lead all the way to Paris.
 
Nicknamed Monsieur Chrono due to his ability to pull out extraordinary times against the clock, Anquetil would win three more in a row after 1961, a feat which has not been surpassed.
 
Five years after Anquetil, along came arguably the most complete rider of all-time, Eddy Merckx or 'the Cannibal' to use his ominous nickname.
 
A dominant winner of the General Classification by more than 17 minutes in 1969, Belgian rider Merckx won just about all there was to win in cycling, claiming five Tour de France wins across a six-year period of dominance, probably only failing to make it six because he instead targeted the Giro d'Italia - Vuelta a Espana double in 1973.
 
Merckx returned to win the 1974 Tour de France, but his reign ended a year later at the hands of Frenchman Bernard Thevenet.

Hinault the last of the French to wear the Maillot Jaune

Thevenet's time at the top would itself come to an end courtesy of another Frenchman, Bernard Hinault, who remains the last French winner of the Tour de France.
 
Racing for Renault-Gitane-Campagnolo, Hinault won the General Classification for the first time in 1978, winning a time trial in the antepenultimate stage to take the yellow from Joop Zoetemelk, who he would defeat again in 1979.
 
Hinault won again in 1981 and 1982 before he was dethroned by compatriot Laurent Fignon, who famously rode away from him on Alpe d'Huez in 1984, but with Fignon absent, Hinault equalled the record the following year.
 
American Greg LeMond would win three times from 1986-1990 and the early 1990s were all about Spanish superstar Miguel Indurain.
 
Big Mig rode for the Banesto team and rode his rivals to sleep, winning five titles from 1991 to 1995, but he struggled in going for a sixth consecutive GC, losing time from the early stages and trailing in 19th. He would announce his retirement later that year.

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No British rider had won the Tour de France at the turn of the 2010s, but the ambitious Team Sky project provided funding never seen before in professional cycling and brought with it huge success in the world's most famous race.
 
Bradley Wiggins blazed a trail, winning the 2012 Tour de France en route to Olympic glory at London 2012, but it was his team-mate Chris Froome who was the real Grand Tour rider - he would go on to claim the yellow jersey in 2013, producing a stunning stage victory on Mont Ventoux in the process.
 
Forced to abandon in 2014 when Vincenzo Nibali won, Froome was victorious three more times from 2015 to 2018 before Welshman Geraint Thomas became the most recent British champion the following year.
 
Froome never quite managed to draw level with the immortal names of Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain, but Tadej Pogacar may well have his sights set on achieving, or even surpassing the four Tour de France legends.
 
Riding for UAE Team Emirates, Pogacar's first Tour victory came in 2020 in sensational circumstances as he flew up La Planche des Belles Filles in a time trial on the penultimate stage, stunning heavy favourite Primoz Roglic in the process.
 
The following season would be much more straightforward for Pogacar, who exuded control in Roglic's absence, beating Jonas Vingegaard by 5 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Vingegaard got revenge in 2022 taking yellow with his victory on stage 11 and keeping hold of the jersey all the way to Paris.

The Dane lost to Pogacar at Paris-Nice, but is likely to be looking to tailor his form towards July when he will look to produce his best riding.

List of Tour de France winners

1903-1910

YearRiderCountry
1903Maurice GarinFrance
1904Henri CornetFrance
1905Louis TrousselierFrance
1906Rene PottierFrance
1907Lucien Petit-BretonFrance
1908Lucien Petit-BretonFrance
1909Francois FaberLuxembourg
1910Octave LapizeFrance

1911-1920

YearRiderCountry
1911Gustave GarrigouFrance
1912Odile DefrayeBelgium
1913Philippe ThysBelgium
1914Philippe ThysBelgium
1915No Race 
1916No Race 
1917No Race 
1918No Race 
1919Firmin LambotBelgium
1920Philippe ThysBelgium 

1921-1930

YearRiderCountry
1921Leon Scieur Belgium 
1922Firmin Lambot Belgium 
1923Henri PelissierFrance
1924Ottavio BottecchiaItaly
1925Ottavio Bottecchia Italy
1926Lucien BuysseBelgium
1927Nicolas FrantzLuxembourg
1928Nicolas FrantzLuxembourg
1929Maurice de WaeleBelgium 
1930Andre LeducqFrance 

1931-1940

YearRiderCountry
1931Antonin MagneFrance
1932Andre LeducqFrance 
1933Georges Speicher France 
1934Antonin MagneFrance
1935Romain MaesBelgium
1936Sylvere MaesBelgium
1937Roger LaperbieFrance
1938Gino BartaliItaly
1939Sylvere MaesBelgium 
1940No Race 

1941-1950

YearRiderCountry
 1941No Race 
 1942No Race 
 1943No Race 
 1944No Race 
 1945No Race 
 1946No Race 
 1947Jean Robic  France
 1948Gino Bartali  Italy
 1949Fausto Coppi  Italy
 1950Ferdinand Kubler Switzerland

1951-1960

YearRiderCountry
1951Hugo KobletSwitzerland
1952Fausto CoppiItaly
1953Louison BobetFrance
1954Louison BobetFrance
1955Louison BobetFrance
1956Roger WalkowiakFrance
1957 Jacques AnquetilFrance
1958 Charly GaulFrance 
1959Federico Bahamontes Spain
1960 Gastore NenciniItaly

1961-1970

YearRiderCountry
1961Jacques Anquetil France
1962 Jacques Anquetil  France 
1963 Jacques Anquetil  France 
1964 Jacques Anquetil  France 
1965 Felice Gimondi Italy 
1966 Lucien AimarFrance 
1967 Roger Pingeon France 
1968Jan Janssen Netherlands 
1969Eddy Merckx Belgium 
1970 Eddy MerckxBelgium

1971-1980

YearRiderCountry
1971Eddy Merckx Belgium
1972Eddy Marckx Belgium 
1973 Luis Ocana Spain 
1974Eddy Merckx Belgium 
1975 Bernard ThevenetFrance 
1976 Lucien van Impe Belgium 
1977Bernard Thevenet France
1978 Bernard HinaultFrance
1979Bernard HinaultFrance
1980 Joop Zoetermelk Netherlands

1981-1990

YearRiderCountry
1981Bernard Hinault France 
1982Bernard Hinault France 
1983 Laurent FignonFrance
1984Laurent FignonFrance 
1985 Bernard Hinault France 
1986Greg LeMond USA
1987Stephen Roche Ireland 
1988Pedro Delgado Spain
1989 Greg LeMond USA 
1990 Greg LeMond USA

1991-2000

YearRiderCountry
1991Miguel IndurainSpain 
1992Miguel Indurain Spain 
1993 Miguel IndurainSpain 
1994 Miguel Indurain  Spain 
1995 Miguel Indurain Spain 
1996 Bjarne Riis Denmark 
1997Jan Ullrich Germany 
1998 Marco Pantani Italy 
1999 No Winner  
2000 No Winner  

2001-2010

YearRiderCountry
2001No Winner  
2002 No Winner  
2003No Winner  
2004 No Winner  
2005 No Winner  
2006 Oscar Pereiro Spain 
2007 Alberto Contador Spain 
2008 Carlos Sastre Spain 
2009 Alberto ContadorSpain 
2010 Andy Schleck Luxembourg 

2011-2020

YearRiderCountry
2011Cadel Evans Australia
2012Bradley Wiggins Great Britain
2013 Chris Froome Great Britain 
2014 Vincenzo Nibail Italy 
2015 Chris Froome Great Britain 
2016 Chris FroomeGreat Britain 
2017 Chris Froome Great Britain 
2018 Geraint Thomas Great Britain 
2019 Egan BernalColombia 
2020 Tadej Pogacar Slovenia 

2021-22

YearRiderCountry
2021Tadej Pogacar Slovenia 
2022Jonas Vingegaard Denmark 
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