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Circuit de la Sarthe
Race details
Date Early April
Region Pays de la Loire, France
English name Circuit of Sarthe
Local name(s) Circuit de la Sarthe (French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
First edition 1953
Editions 56 (as of 2008)
First winner France Bernard Hinault
Most recent France Thomas Voeckler

The Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire (English: Circuit of Sarthe) is an early-season short road bicycle racing stage race held annually in Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France. Since 2005, it has been organised as a 2.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour.

Between 1953 and 1974 it was an amateur race, becoming a professional race in 1975.


Rider Team
1975 France Bernard Hinault (FRA)
1976 France Bernard Hinault (FRA) Gitane
1977 Soviet Union Aavo Piikkus (URS)
1978 Germany Bernd Drogan (GER)
1979 France Christian Muselet (FRA)
1980 United States Greg LeMond (USA)
1981 Soviet Union Juri Barinov (URS)
1982 Soviet Union Ivan Mistschenko (URS)
1983 France Pascal Jules (FRA)
1984 France Claude Moreau (FRA)
1985 France Pascal Jules (FRA)
1986 France Didier Garcia (FRA)
1987 Latvia Piotr Ugrumov (LAT)
1988 France Thierry Marie (FRA) Système U
1989 France Thierry Laurent (FRA)
1990 Russia Dimitri Jdanov (RUS)
1991 France Bruno Cornillet (FRA)
Rider Team
1992 France Jean-François Bernard (FRA) Banesto
1993 France Jean-François Bernard (FRA) Banesto
1994 France Stéphane Heulot (FRA)
1995 France Thierry Marie (FRA) Castorama
1996 Italy Adriano Baffi (ITA)
1997 Spain Melchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE
1998 Spain Melchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE
1999 Norway Steffen Kjærgaard (NOR)
2000 Spain David Cañada (ESP) ONCE
2001 United Kingdom David Millar (GBR) Cofidis
2002 France Didier Rous (FRA) Bonjour
2003 France Carlos Da Cruz (FRA) Française des Jeux
2004 Sweden Thomas Lövkvist (SWE) Française des Jeux
2005 France Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis
2006 Germany Stefan Schumacher (GER) Gerolsteiner
2007 Germany Andreas Klöden (GER) Astana
2008 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bouygues Télécom
2009 France David Lelay (FRA) Agritubel

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