Eneco Tour of Benelux

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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

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

History[change | edit source]

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.

Organization[change | edit source]

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.

Winners[change | edit source]

General classification[change | edit source]

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 classification[change | edit source]

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 classification[change | edit source]

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 classification[change | edit source]

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 classification[change | edit source]

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

Most Stage Wins[change | edit source]

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)

References[change | edit source]

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

Other websites[change | edit source]

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