Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz

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Peloton during the race in Kronberg im Taunus
Race details
Date 1 May
Region Hesse, Germany
English name Eschborn-Frankfurt - Lap of the Finanzplatz
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type One-day
Organiser ASO
First edition 1962 (1962)
Editions 56 (as of 2017)
First winner  Armand Desmet (BEL)
Most wins  Erik Zabel (GER)
 Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
(3 wins)
Most recent  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)

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.


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. Cycling greatness Eddy Merckx won the race solo in 1971. Sprinters Erik Zabel (1999, 2002 and 2005) and Alexander Kristoff (2014, 2016 and 2017) hold the record with three wins. 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.


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), a record shared with Alexander Kristoff.
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) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
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–Campagnolo
1983 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
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
2015 No race [5]
2016 Norway Kristoff, AlexanderAlexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2017 Norway Kristoff, AlexanderAlexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha–Alpecin


  1. ^ "The UCI reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017". 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". Future plc. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Strecke Elite". Retrieved 7 April 2017.