Eschborn–Frankfurt

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Eschborn–Frankfurt
Rennen Henninger Turm.jpg
Peloton during the race in Kronberg im Taunus
Race details
Date1 May
RegionHesse, Germany
English nameEschborn-Frankfurt - Lap of the Finanzplatz
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeOne-day
OrganiserASO
History
First edition1962 (1962)
Editions58 (as of 2019)
First winner Armand Desmet (BEL)
Most wins Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
(4 wins)
Most recent Pascal Ackermann (GER)

Eschborn–Frankfurt, previously Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt, is an annual semi classic cycling race in Germany, starting in Eschborn and finishing in Frankfurt. The event, sometimes referred to as the Frankfurt Grand Prix, is held annually on 1 May, national Labour Day in Germany.

As from 2017, Eschborn–Frankfurt is part of the UCI World Tour,[1] the highest-rated professional men's road races, making it the second German World Tour event, together with the Hamburg Cyclassics in August. The event is organised by ASO.

History[edit]

The event was first held on 1 May, 1962, as Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt, starting and finishing in Frankfurt's city centre. Brothers Hermann and Erwin Moos sought to promote the Henninger Tower, a grain silo belonging to the Henninger Brewery, which opened in 1961. Henninger served as main sponsor of the cycling event from the inaugural race until 2008. Rund um den Henninger Turm received a status upgrade in 1967 when Paris–Brussels, organised in late April, was removed from the calendar due to traffic problems and the event became the pre-eminent one-day cycling race in West Germany.

The now demolished Henninger Tower (pictured in 2005) in Frankfurt am Main served as the race's name sponsor from 1962 until 2008.

The race's first winner was Belgian Armand Desmet in 1962. Barry Hoban became the first British winner in 1966 after a 50 km solo ride to the finish, holding the chasing pack at one minute. Legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx won the race solo in 1971. Sprinter Erik Zabel held the record for most victories in the race with three (1999, 2002 and 2005) until Alexander Kristoff in 2018 added a fourth victory to his 2014, 2016 and 2017 wins, and therefore becoming sole record-holder. Seven further riders have won twice.

In 1995, Rund um den Henninger Turm was part of the UCI Road World Cup, cycling's season-long competition of the most important one-day races in the 1990s. The fixed date of the event however, every 1 May, was considered unfavourable as it was often midweek, and it was replaced with the newly-created HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg as the German leg of the series.

In 2008, organiser Bernd Moos stated Henninger would withdraw its sponsorship of the race. Henninger discontinued its funding after 46 years because of economic conditions.[2] The event continued in 2009 as the Eschborn–Frankfurt City Loop, named after its city sponsors, Frankfurt and the neighboring town of Eschborn, which also became the start location of the race.[3][4] The iconic Henninger Tower was demolished in 2013.

The 2015 event was cancelled on the eve of the race due to a suspected terrorist plot.[5] In 2017, Eschborn–Frankfurt was included in the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest rated professional events, and organisation was taken on by ASO, which also organises cycling's flagships, the Tour de France and Paris–Roubaix.[6]

Route of the 2011 event. The race starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt's city centre, totaling around 220 km, mainly through the Taunus Hills.

Route[edit]

The race passes through the Taunus Hills west of Frankfurt, along a winding and hilly course with around 1500m (5,000 feet) of climbing. The climbs of the Feldberg, Ruppershain and Mammolshain are some of the regular features. The Mammolshain has a maximal gradient of 26% and is climbed twice in the race. The race ends with three laps of 4,5 km in the centre of Frankfurt, covering a total distance of around over 220 kilometres (140 mi).[7]

Until 2008 the start and finish of the race was on Hainer Weg and later Darmstädter Landstraße, in front of the Henninger Tower.

Since the event's restyling in 2009, the race starts in Eschborn, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Frankfurt – the finish was at the housing development Riedberg. Since 2010, the finish is in front of the Alte Oper (Old Opera), Frankfurt's concert hall and former opera house in the city centre.

Race winners[edit]

Erik Zabel (pictured in 2005) has won the race three times (1999, 2002 and 2005).
Rider Team
1962 Belgium Armand Desmet (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963 Germany Hans Junkermann (GER) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1964 Belgium Clément Roman (BEL) Flandria-Roméo
1965 France Jean Stablinski (FRA) Ford France-Gitane
1966 United Kingdom Barry Hoban (GBR) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1967 Belgium Daniel Van Rijckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Netherlands Eddy Beugels (NED) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1969 Belgium Georges Pintens (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1970 Germany Rudi Altig (GER) G.B.C.-Zimba
1971 Belgium Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972 France Gilbert Bellone (FRA) Rokado
1973 Belgium Georges Pintens (BEL) Rokado-De Gribaldy
1974 Belgium Walter Godefroot (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975 Netherlands Roy Schuiten (NED) TI–Raleigh
1976 Belgium Freddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria-Velda
1977 Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann (NED) TI–Raleigh
1978 Germany Gregor Braun (GER) Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1979 Belgium Daniel Willems (BEL) Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1980 Italy Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio
1981 Belgium Jos Jacobs (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Belgium Ludo Peeters (BEL) TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1983 Belgium Ludo Peeters (BEL) TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1984 Australia Phil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic–Raleigh
1985 Australia Phil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic–Raleigh
1986 Belgium Jean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Hitachi-Splendor
1987 Norway Dag Otto Lauritzen (NOR) 7 Eleven
1988 Belgium Michel Dernies (BEL) Lotto-Eddy Merckx
1989 Belgium Jean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990 Switzerland Thomas Wegmüller (SUI) Weinmann-SMM Uster
1991 Belgium Johan Bruyneel (BEL) Lotto
1992 Belgium Frank Van Den Abeele (BEL) Lotto–Mavic–MBK
1993 Denmark Rolf Sørensen (DNK) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1994 Germany Olaf Ludwig (GER) Team Telekom
1995 Italy Francesco Frattini (ITA) Gewiss–Ballan
1996 Switzerland Beat Zberg (SUI) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997 Italy Michele Bartoli (ITA) MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Italy Fabio Baldato (ITA) Riso Scotti–MG Maglificio
1999 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2000 Germany Kai Hundertmarck (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Switzerland Markus Zberg (SUI) Rabobank
2002 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2003 Italy Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2004 Netherlands Karsten Kroon (NED) Rabobank
2005 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) T-Mobile Team
2006 Italy Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Liquigas
2007 Germany Patrik Sinkewitz (GER) T-Mobile Team
2008 Netherlands Karsten Kroon (NED) Team CSC
2009 Germany Fabian Wegmann (GER) Team Milram
2010 Germany Fabian Wegmann (GER) Team Milram
2011 Germany John Degenkolb (GER) HTC–Highroad
2012 Italy Moreno Moser (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale
2013 Slovenia Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha
2014 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2015 No race due to suspected terrorist plot [5]
2016 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2017 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) UAE Team Emirates
2019 Germany Pascal Ackermann (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The UCI reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017". uci.ch. UCI. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ Official website. Announces withdrawal of Henninger Bräu AG as main sponsors.
  3. ^ (New) official website. Announces new name and main sponsors. (in German)
  4. ^ Cyclingnews report in English
  5. ^ a b "Rund um Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt cancelled after police thwart possible terrorist action". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ "UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Strecke Elite". eschborn-frankfurt.de. Retrieved 7 April 2017.[dead link]