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Tour Méditerranéen

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Tour Méditerranéen is a professional road bicycle racing event held in southern France along the Mediterranean Sea. The Tour Méditerranéen is a five-day stage race that began in 1974 and since 2005 has been a part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event. From 1974 to 1977, the race was named Trophée Méditerranéen. The race has been won by many notable Grand Tour and world champion riders including Eddy Merckx, Gianni Bugno, Gerrie Knetemann (three times), and Paolo Bettini.

The 2012 edition of the race was nearly cancelled, due to a licensing problem between the organizers and the French Cycling Federation. However, a deal was reached and the race went ahead as scheduled. After financial difficulties, the 2015 edition was initially thought to be able to go ahead, with a reduction in the number of stages from 5 to 3, including the loss of the traditional mountain stage at Mont Faron near Toulon. However, the race was cancelled for 2015, with the organisers yet to pay debts from the previous year. It is hoped for a return in 2016.

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