Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop

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Rund um den Henninger-Turm
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The Henninger-Turm (Tower) building in Frankfurt am Main.
Race details
Date May 1
Region Frankfurt, Germany
English name Lap of the Henninger Tower
Local name(s) Rund um den Henninger-Turm (German)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day
History
First edition 1962 (1962)
Editions 53 (as of 2014)
First winner  Armand Desmet (BEL)
Most wins  Erik Zabel (GER) (3 wins)
Most recent  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) leads team mate Marcus Zberg into the final sprint of the 2005 race. Eventual winner Erik Zabel (in pink) is hidden in fourth place.

The Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (until 2008 Rund um den Henninger-Turm, sometimes called the Frankfurt Grand Prix in English; in 2010 Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt) is a semi classic cycling race around Frankfurt am Main with the start and finish on Darmstädter Landstraße outside the Henninger-Turm (Tower), a grain silo belonging to the Henninger brewery which backs the event. The race takes place on a complicated route in the Taunus mountains west of the city with around 1500m (5,000 feet) of climbing. The climbs of the Ruppershain, Feldberg and Mammolshain have been regular features; the Mammolshain has a 26% gradient and is climbed twice in the race. The race concludes with three laps of 4.5 kilometres in the centre of Frankfurt.

History[edit]

The race, organised for many years by brothers Hermann and Erwin Moos, began in 1962 with Henninger as main sponsor to publicise the Henninger Tower opened in 1961. The event received classic status in 1967 when Paris–Brussels was forced off the calendar due to traffic problems.

The race had a British winner in 1966 when Barry Hoban rode solo to the finish, holding the chasing pack at one minute for the final 50 km. Eddy Merckx also won alone in 1971. Six riders have won twice: Australian Phil Anderson (1984 and 1985), Dutchman Karsten Kroon (2004 and 2008) and the Belgians Ludo Peeters (1982 and 1983), Georges Pintens (1969, 1973) and Jean-Marie Wampers (1986, 1989), and German Fabian Wegmann in 2009 and 2010. The most victories are by Erik Zabel with wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

Rund um den Henninger-Turm was part of the UCI Road World Cup for one year, 1995, with the HEW Cyclassic in Hamburg getting the German leg of the series. The event is also not part of the UCI ProTour. Observers say holding the race on 1 May, often midweek, counts against it.

In November 2007, organiser Bernd Moos said Henninger would stop backing the race after 2008. He said that after 46 years Henninger was pulling out because of economic conditions.[1] In January 2009 Moos said that the race would continue as the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, named for new sponsors, Frankfurt and the neighboring town of Eschborn, which would also be the start of the race.[2][3] The race will no longer pass the Henninger Tower.

Race winners[edit]

Rider Team
1962 Belgium Desmet, ArmandArmand Desmet (BEL) Flandria-Faema-Clément
1963 Germany Junkermann, HansHans Junkermann (GER) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1964 Belgium Roman, ClémentClément Roman (BEL) Flandria-Roméo
1965 France Stablinski, JeanJean Stablinski (FRA) Ford France-Gitane
1966 United Kingdom Hoban, BarryBarry Hoban (GBR) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1967 Belgium Van Rijckeghem, DanielDaniel Van Rijckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Netherlands Beugels, EddyEddy Beugels (NED) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1969 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1970 Germany Altig, RudiRudi Altig (GER) G.B.C.-Zimba
1971 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972 France Bellone, GilbertGilbert Bellone (FRA) Rokado
1973 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL) Rokado-De Gribaldy
1974 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria-Carpenter
1975 Netherlands Schuiten, RoyRoy Schuiten (NED) TI-Raleigh
1976 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria-Velda
1977 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) TI-Raleigh
1978 Germany Braun, GregorGregor Braun (GER) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1979 Belgium Willems, DanielDaniel Willems (BEL) Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1980 Italy Baronchelli, GianbattistaGianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio
1981 Belgium Jacobs, JosJos Jacobs (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) TI-Raleigh
1983 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) TI-Raleigh
1984 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic-Raleigh
1985 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic-Raleigh
1986 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Hitachi-Splendor
1987 Norway Lauritzen, Dag OttoDag Otto Lauritzen (NOR) 7 Eleven
1988 Belgium Dernies, MichelMichel Dernies (BEL) Lotto-Eddy Merckx
1989 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Panasonic-Isostar-Colnago-Agu
1990 Switzerland Wegmüller, ThomasThomas Wegmüller (SUI) Weinmann-SMM Uster
1991 Belgium Bruyneel, JohanJohan Bruyneel (BEL) Lotto
1992 Belgium Van Den Abeele, FrankFrank Van Den Abeele (BEL) Lotto-Mavic-MBK
1993 Denmark Sørensen, RolfRolf Sørensen (DNK) Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
1994 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER) Team Telekom
1995 Italy Frattini, FrancescoFrancesco Frattini (ITA) Gewiss-Ballan
1996 Switzerland Zberg, BeatBeat Zberg (SUI) Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
1997 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1998 Italy Baldato, FabioFabio Baldato (ITA) Riso Scotti-MG Maglificio
1999 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2000 Germany Hundertmarck, KaiKai Hundertmarck (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Switzerland Zberg, MarcusMarcus Zberg (SUI) Rabobank
2002 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2003 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2004 Netherlands Kroon, KarstenKarsten Kroon (NED) Rabobank
2005 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) T-Mobile Team
2006 Italy Garzelli, StefanoStefano Garzelli (ITA) Liquigas
2007 Germany Sinkewitz, PatrikPatrik Sinkewitz (GER) T-Mobile Team
2008 Netherlands Kroon, KarstenKarsten Kroon (NED) Team CSC
2009 Germany Wegmann, FabianFabian Wegmann (GER) Team Milram
2010 Germany Wegmann, FabianFabian Wegmann (GER) Team Milram
2011 Germany Degenkolb, JohnJohn Degenkolb (GER) HTC-Highroad
2012 Italy Moser, MorenoMoreno Moser (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale
2013 Slovenia Špilak, SimonSimon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha
2014 Norway Kristoff, AlexanderAlexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website. Announces withdrawal of Henninger Bräu AG as main sponsors.
  2. ^ (New) official website. Announces new name and main sponsors. (in German)
  3. ^ Cyclingnews report in English