On Friday morning, ASO announced that it will no longer organise Criterium International, citing a drop in the overall quality of the peloton due to clashes with WorldTour-level events.
The decision means that the race will not feature on the calendar for the first time since it was established as the Criterium National in 1932. Originally a one-day race open only to French riders, the event opened to all riders in 1981, when it was rebranded as the Criterium International.
To mark the passing of the Criterium International, Cyclingnews has compiled a calendar of the race in the 21st century, when it was held around Charleville-Mezieres between 2001 and 2009, and in Corsica since 2010.
The era began with Tour de France contenders such as Lance Armstrong, Ivan Basso and Floyd Landis using the race as part of their early-season preparation, with CSC dominant in this era. Despite the dawn of the WorldTour, riders such as Cadel Evans (2012), Chris Froome (2013) and Thibaut Pinot (2015) have claimed the spoils in recent seasons.
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