Holland Hills Classic

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Boels Rental Hills Classic
Boels Rental Hills Classic logo
Race details
Date May
Region Limburg, The Netherlands
Discipline Road race
Type Single day race
Organiser Stichting Holland Ladies Tour
Race director Thijs Rondhuis
History
First edition 2004 (2004)
Editions 13
Final edition 2016 (2016)
First winner Netherlands Mirjam Melchers
Most wins Netherlands Marianne Vos (3 wins)
Final winner United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead[1]

The Holland Hills Classic, called nowadays the Boels Rental Hills Classic due to sponsorship reason, was a women's elite professional road bicycle race held annually between 2004 and 2016 in Limburg, the Netherlands. The race is an 1.1 UCI category race. The event is organized by the Stichting Holland Ladies Tour, who also organizes the Holland Ladies Tour. For sponsorship reasons the race has had the official titles: Gulpen Hills Classic (2004-2007), Valkenburg Hills Classic (2010), Parkhotel Rooding Classic (2011), Parkhotel Valkenburg Hills Classic (2012) and Boels Rental Hills Classic (2013-2016).[2]

The first four years the race was held in August, with the start and finish in Gulpen.[3] Since 2008 the start and finish are held in Valkenburg aan de Geul[4] and in 2011 the race moved on the calendar to the spring. Since 2014 the start is in Sittard and the finish is on top of the Geulhemmerberg hill in Berg en Terblijt.[5]

In September 2016, shortly after Amstel Gold Race announced their inaugural women's race for 2017 on mainly the same parcours, in the same region and in the same part of the season, the main sponsor Boels Rental and race director Thijs Rondhuis said there won't be a Hills Classic in 2017.[6]

Past winners[edit]

Year First Second Third
2004 Netherlands Mirjam Melchers Netherlands Leontien Van Moorsel Netherlands Arenda Grimberg
2005 Norway Anita Valen De Vries Germany Trixi Worrack Netherlands Arenda Grimberg
2006 Germany Theresa Senff Netherlands Marianne Vos Netherlands Suzanne de Goede
2007 Netherlands Marianne Vos Sweden Susanne Ljungskog Austria Andrea Graus
2008 Germany Larissa Kleinmann Netherlands Elisabeth Braam Netherlands Vera Koedooder
2009 Netherlands Marianne Vos Netherlands Petra Dijkman Sweden Emma Johansson
2010 Belgium Grace Verbeke Netherlands Chantal Blaak Netherlands Iris Slappendel
2011 Netherlands Marianne Vos Netherlands Marieke van Wanroij Belgium Jessie Daams
2012 Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten Netherlands Marianne Vos United Kingdom Sharon Laws
2013 South Africa Ashleigh Moolman Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
2014 Sweden Emma Johansson Netherlands Ellen van Dijk Netherlands Amy Pieters
2015 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead Sweden Emma Johansson Poland Katarzyna Niewiadoma
2016 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten South Africa Ashleigh Moolman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results 2016". ProCyclingStats.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Parkhotel Valkenburg Hills Classic". CQ ranking.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gulpen Hills Classic". Gulpen-Wittem.nl. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Holland Hills Classic verhuist naar Valkenburg". L1.nl. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Emma Johansson wins Boels Rental Hills Classic 2014". Cyclingfever.com. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  6. ^ (in Dutch) "Boels trekt stekker uit Hills Classic". 1Limburg.nl. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 

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