The Vattenfall Cyclassics is an annual one-day pro and amateur cycling race in and around Hamburg. It started as an unimportant race in 1996, but because of the fast-growing popularity of cycling in Germany, it was made a part of the UCI Road World Cup in 1998. Since 2005, it has been a part of the UCI ProTour, and in 2009 became one of the 24 races contributing points towards the UCI World Ranking.
The finale of the 2005 edition.
The route of the race varies, but is often around 250 km long. During a number of loops through Hamburg, the hill Waseberg is climbed a number of times. The route also includes Hamburg's highest bridge Köhlbrandbrücke.
The sponsor of the Cyclassics, the Hamburg electricity plant HEW, has adopted a new name (Vattenfall Europe Hamburg), and since 2006, this cycling race has been known as the Vattenfall Cyclassics.
An important part of the Cyclassics are the Jedermann-Rennen amateur/cyclosportif event run around the time that the race is held. Anybody (jedermann) can participate in these races over 55 km, 100 km and 155 km. The number of participants is however limited and a ticket must be reserved months in advance. In 2005 there were 20000 amateurs on the course.
The 2013 race had fierce protesting by locals upset with Vattenfall's environmental policies and Vattenfall's attempts to maintain ownership of the local power grid.