Tour du Haut Var
Var department |
|English name||Tour of the Haut-Var|
|Local name(s)||Tour du Haut-Var (French)|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Organiser||Association Sportive Seillanaise|
|Race director||Moïse Puginier|
|Editions||48 (as of 2016)|
|First winner||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)|
|Most wins||Joop Zoetemelk (NED) (3 wins)|
|Most recent||Arthur Vichot (FRA)|
The Tour du Haut Var (English: Tour of the Haut Var) is an early-season two-day road bicycle race in the Var department region in the south of France. Until 2008 it was run as a one-day race, part of the UCI Europe Tour. In 2009, the race transformed to a 2.1 event, raced over two days. Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk holds the record with three wins.
The Tour du Haut Var is one of several stage races held in the hilly Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in February, alongside the Étoile de Bessèges, La Méditerranéenne and the Tour La Provence. These early-season races are competed mainly by French teams and are considered preparations for Paris–Nice, the first European World Tour event in March.
- "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Official website (French)