Eneco Tour of Benelux

cycling stage race in Belgium and the Netherlands

The Eneco Tour of Benelux is a UCI ProTour bicycle stage race. Its name refers to its main sponsor, the energy company Eneco Energie. The first Eneco Tour of Benelux took place from August 3 to August 10 2005

Eneco Tour of Benelux
Race details
Date August
Region Benelux
English name Eneco Tour of Benelux
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Stage-race
History
First edition 2005
Editions 3 (as of 2007)
First winner  United States Bobby Julich
Most recent  Spain Iván Gutiérrez

HistoryEdit

The Tour of the Netherlands began on 6 May 1948, but only became an annual event in 1975. From about 2000 it was known as the Eneco tour. The start of the UCI's ProTour in 2005 saw the tour reorganised.

OrganizationEdit

The then UCI president Hein Verbruggen wanted to keep the Tour of the Netherlands for "marketing reasons"[1]. (Part of the UCI's job is to make cycling more popular). The Dutch Tour organisation got a better sponsor (ENECO Energie). But because the race was not difficult enough for the new ProTourthe race organisers asked the organisers of the Tour of Belgium and the Tour de Luxembourg. The idea was a Tour of the Benelux that would replace the three. The Tours of Belgium and Luxembourg will carry on. The organisers of the Tour of Luxembourg did not want to join the new big race, so the Eneco tour only covers Belgium and the Netherlands.

WinnersEdit

General classificationEdit

The overall winner of the race by time wears a red jersey (Dutch: Rode trui or French: Maillot rouge).

Year Name Country
2007 Iván Gutiérrez   Spain
2006 Stefan Schumacher   Germany
2005 Bobby Julich   United States

Points classificationEdit

In 2005, the overall winner of the race by points (Dutch: Puntenklassement) wears a blue jersey (Dutch: Blauwe trui or French: Maillot bleu). This was changed to a white jersey however in 2006.

Year Cyclist Country
2007 Mark Cavendish   United Kingdom
2006 Simone Cadamuro   Italy
2005 Allan Davis   Australia

Mountains classificationEdit

No jersey is awarded for leading this classification.

Year Name Country
2007 no jersey awarded
2006 no jersey awarded
2005 Christian Vandevelde   United States

Young rider classificationEdit

Before 2007, the best young (under 25) rider of the race got to wear a yellow jersey. (Dutch: Gele trui or French: Maillot jaune).

Year Name Country
2007 no jersey awarded
2006 Stefan Schumacher   Germany
2005 Thomas Dekker   Netherlands

Team classificationEdit

Year Name Country
2007
2006 Liquigas   Italy
2005 Liberty Seguros-Würth Team   Spain

Most Stage WinsEdit

Cyclist # Stages Year Stage in Stage in Stage in
1   Belgium Tom Boonen 3 2006 1 (Hoogeveen   Netherlands) 3 (Westmalle   Belgium) 5 (Balen   Belgium)
2   Netherlands Max van Heeswijk 2 2005 1 (Mierlo   Netherlands) 5 (Hasselt   Belgium)
3   Italy Alessandro Ballan 1 2005 4 (Verviers   Belgium)
3   Italy Simone Cadamuro 1 2005 2 (Sittard   Netherlands)
3   United Kingdom Mark Cavendish 1 2007 2 (Knokke-Heist   Belgium)
3   Australia Allan Davis 1 2005 3 (Landgraaf   Netherlands)
3   Netherlands Michiel Elijzen 1 2007 Prologue (Hasselt   Belgium)
3   Belgium Philippe Gilbert 1 2006 7 (Ans   Belgium)
3   United States George Hincapie 1 2006 4 (Landgraaf   Netherlands) (ITT)
3   United States Bobby Julich 1 2005 7 (Etten-Leur   Netherlands) (ITT)
3   Germany David Kopp 1 2006 (Sint-Truiden   Belgium)
3   Spain Pablo Lastras 1 2007 6 (Landgraaf   Netherlands)
3   Australia Robbie McEwen 1 2007 3 (Putte   Belgium)
3   Belgium Nick Nuyens 1 2007 1 (Eupen   Belgium)
3   Brazil Luciano Pagliarini 1 2007 5 (Nieuwegein   Netherlands)
3   Italy Manuel Quinziato 1 2006 2 (Sittard-Geleen   Netherlands)
3   Belgium Sébastien Rosseler 1 2007 7 (Geleen   Netherlands) (ITT)
3   Germany Stefan Schumacher 1 2006 Prologue (Den Helder   Netherlands)
3   Netherlands Stefan van Dijk 1 2005 6 (Hoogstraten   Belgium)
3   Belgium Rik Verbrugghe 1 2005 Prologue (Mechelen   Belgium)
3   Belgium Wouter Weylandt 1 2007 4 (Terneuzen   Netherlands)

ReferencesEdit

  • ^ Graat, John (August 3 2005). 'Fantastische' Pro Tour zegen voor profronde. Trouw (Dutch newspaper), p. 13.

Other websitesEdit

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