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Critérium International
Race details
Date Late-March
Region Ardennes, France
English name International Criterium
Local name(s) Critérium International (French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage-race
First edition 1932
Editions 77 (as of 2008)
First winner France Léon Le Calvez
Most wins France Emile Idée
France Raymond Poulidor
Germany Jens Voigt
(5 wins)
Most recent Germany Jens Voigt

The Critérium International is a two day bicycle stage race held in France every spring. It was formerly known as the Critérium National de la Route, first run in 1932.

For many years it was considered a sort of French national championship and was only opened to non-French cyclists in 1979.

The race has been won by some of the most famous names in cycling including Jacques Anquetil, Seán Kelly, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Stephen Roche, Laurent Fignon and Jens Voigt.


1997 Horse Incident

In 1997, a horse jumped its fence and joined the peloton, eventually passing it, leaving the race only 20km from the finish line.[1] This scene was shown briefly in the movie Amélie, and is often mistaken for a scene from a Tour de France race.


1932 France Léon Le Calvez
1933 France André Leducq
1934 France Roger Lapébie
1935 France René Le Grevès
1936 France Paul Chocque
1937 France Roger Lapébie
France René Le Grevès
1938 France Pierre Jaminet
1939 France André Deforge
1940 France Emile Idée
1941 France Yvan Marie
France Benoît Faure
1942 France Emile Idée
France Emile Bertocco
1943 France Emile Idée
France Louis Gauthier
1944 France Roger Piel
1945 France Jo Goutorbe
1946 France Kleber Piot
1947 France Emile Idée
1948 France Camille Danguillaume
1949 France Emile Idée
1950 France Pierre Barbotin
1951 France Louison Bobet
1952 France Louison Bobet
1953 France Robert Desbats
1954 France Roger Hassenforder
1955 France René Privat
1956 France Roger Hassenforder
1957 France Jean Forestier
1958 France Roger Hassenforder
1959 France André Darrigade
1960 France Jean Graczyk
1961 France Jacques Anquetil
1962 France Joseph Groussard
1963 France Jacques Anquetil
1964 France Raymond Poulidor
1965 France Jacques Anquetil
1966 France Raymond Poulidor
1967 France Jacques Anquetil
1968 France Raymond Poulidor
1969 France Gilbert Bellone
1970 France Georges Chappe
1971 France Raymond Poulidor
1972 France Raymond Poulidor
1973 France Jean-Pierre Danguillaume
1974 France Bernard Thévenet
1975 France Jacques Esclassan
1976 France Patrick Beon
1977 France Jean Chassang
1978 France Bernard Hinault
1979 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk
1980 France Michel Laurent
1981 France Bernard Hinault
1982 France Laurent Fignon
1983 Republic of Ireland Seán Kelly
1984 Republic of Ireland Seán Kelly
1985 Republic of Ireland Stephen Roche
1986 Switzerland Urs Zimmerman
1987 Republic of Ireland Seán Kelly
1988 Netherlands Erik Breukink
1989 Spain Miguel Indurain
1990 France Laurent Fignon
1991 Republic of Ireland Stephen Roche
1992 France Jean-François Bernard
1993 Netherlands Erik Breukink
1994 Italy Giorgio Furlan
1995 France Laurent Jalabert
1996 United Kingdom Chris Boardman
1997 Spain Marcelino García
1998 United States Bobby Julich
1999 Germany Jens Voigt
2000 Spain Abraham Olano
2001 Belgium Rick Verbrugghe
2002 Spain José Martinez
2003 France Laurent Brochard
2004 Germany Jens Voigt
2005 United States Bobby Julich
2006 Italy Ivan Basso
2007 Germany Jens Voigt
2008 Germany Jens Voigt
2009 Germany Jens Voigt


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