Tour of Belgium

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Tour of Belgium
Race details
Date Late-May
Region Belgium
English name Tour of Belgium
Local name(s) Ronde van België (in Dutch)
Tour de Belgique (in French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
Race director Rob Discart
History
First edition 1908 (1908)
Editions 88 (as of 2018)
First winner  Lucien Petit-Breton (FRA)
Most wins  Tony Martin (GER) (3 wins)
Most recent  Jens Keukeleire (BEL)

The Tour of Belgium (Ronde van België/Tour de Belgique) is a five-day bicycle race which is held annually in Belgium.

It was held annually between 1908 and 1981, except during both world wars. Between 1982 and 1990 several races were not organised and none at all during the decade 1991 to 2001. From 2002 onwards the race has again become an annual fixture on the cycling calendar.

Following the start of the UCI ProTour in 2005 it looked like the race would merge with the Eneco Tour; however this has not happened and it is now part of the UCI Europe Tour competition.

Winners[edit]

Ten riders have managed to win the Tour of Belgium more than once. The most successful rider is German rider Tony Martin, who won three consecutive editions between 2012 and 2014.

By year[edit]

Rider Team
1908 France Lucien Petit-Breton (FRA) Peugeot-Wolber
1909 France Paul Duboc (FRA) Alcyon-Dunlop
1910 Belgium Jules Masselis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1911 Belgium René Vandenberghe (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1912 Belgium Odiel Defraeye (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1913 Belgium Dieudonné Gauthy (BEL) Alcyon
1914 Belgium Louis Mottiat (BEL) Alcyon-Soly
1915–1918 No race
1919 Belgium Emile Masson (BEL) Alcyon
1920 Belgium Louis Mottiat (BEL) Alcyon
1921 Belgium René Vermandel (BEL) individual
1922 Belgium René Vermandel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1923 Belgium Emile Masson (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1924 Belgium Félix Sellier (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1925 Belgium Denis Verschueren (BEL) Wonder
1926 Belgium Jean Debusschere (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1927 Belgium Paul Matton (BEL) Armor-Dunlop
1928 Belgium Jules Vanhevel (BEL) individual
1929 Belgium Armand Van Bruane (BEL) La Nordiste
1930 Belgium Emile Joly (BEL) Génial Lucifer
1931 Belgium Maurice De Waele (BEL) M. Dewaele
1932 Belgium Léon Louyet (BEL) Génial Lucifer-Hutchinson
1933 Belgium Jean Aerts (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1934 Belgium François Gardier (BEL) Depas Cycles
1935 Belgium Jef Moerenhout (BEL) Dilecta-Wolber
1936 Belgium Emile Decroix (BEL) Wolber
1937 Belgium Adolf Braeckeveldt (BEL) Helyett-Splendor
1938 Belgium François Neuville (BEL) Helyett-Hutchinson
1939 Belgium Joseph Somers (cyclist) (BEL) Helyett-Hutchinson
1940–1944 No race
1945 Belgium Norbert Callens (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1946 Belgium Albert Ramon (BEL) Cilo
1947 Belgium Maurice Van Herzele (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1948 Belgium Stan Ockers (BEL) Garin-Wolber
1949 Belgium Ernest Sterckx (BEL) L'Avenir
1950 Belgium Albert Dubuisson (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1951 Belgium Lucien Mathys (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1952 Belgium Henri Van Kerckhove (BEL) individual
1953 Belgium Florent Rondelé (BEL) Bertin-D'Alessandro
1954 Belgium Henri Van Kerckhove (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Huret
1955 Belgium Alex Close (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956 Belgium André Vlaeyen (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1957 Belgium Pino Cerami (BEL) Peugeot-BP-Dunlop
1958 Belgium Noël Foré (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Leopold
1959 Belgium Armand Desmet (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Sinalco
1960 Belgium Alfons Sweeck (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Sinalco
1961 Belgium Rik Van Looy (BEL) Faema
1962 Belgium Noël Foré (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963 Netherlands Peter Post (NED) Dr. Mann-Labo
1964 Belgium Benoni Beheyt (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1965 France Jean Stablinski (FRA) Ford France-Gitane
1966 Italy Vittorio Adorni (ITA) Salvarani
1967 Italy Carmine Preziosi (ITA) Molteni
1968 Belgium Wilfried David (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969 Belgium Eric De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970 Belgium Eddy Merckx (BEL) Faemino-Faema
1971 Belgium Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972 Belgium Roger Swerts (BEL) Molteni
1973 Denmark Leif Mortensen (DEN) Bic
1974 Belgium Roger Swerts (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1975 Belgium Freddy Maertens (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1976 Belgium Michel Pollentier (BEL) Flandria–Velda–West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf
1977 Belgium Walter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978 Belgium André Dierickx (BEL) IJsboerke-Gios
1979 Belgium Daniel Willems (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980 Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann (NED) TI–Raleigh
1981 Netherlands Ad Wijnands (NED) TI–Raleigh
1982–1983 No race
1984 Belgium Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic
1985 Belgium Ludo Peeters (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986 Belgium Nico Emonds (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1987 No race
1988 Netherlands Frans Maassen (NED) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989 United Kingdom Sean Yates (GBR) 7 Eleven
1990 Netherlands Frans Maassen (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991–2001 No race
2002 Netherlands Bart Voskamp (NED) BankGiroLoterij-Batavus
2003 Australia Michael Rogers (AUS) Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004 France Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2005 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2006 Netherlands Maarten Tjallingii (NED) Skil–Shimano
2007 Russia Vladimir Gusev (RUS) Discovery Channel
2008 Belgium Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick-Step
2009 Netherlands Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank
2010 Belgium Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick-Step
2011 Belgium Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012 Germany Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013 Germany Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2014 Germany Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015 Belgium Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2016 Belgium Dries Devenyns (BEL) IAM Cycling
2017 Belgium Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Belgium (national team)
2018 Belgium Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Lotto–Soudal

Multiple winners[edit]

Name Country Wins Years
Tony Martin  Germany 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Louis Mottiat  Belgium 2 1914, 1920
Emile Masson  Belgium 2 1919, 1923
René Vermandel  Belgium 2 1921, 1922
Henri Van Kerckhove  Belgium 2 1952, 1954
Noël Foré  Belgium 2 1958, 1962
Eddy Merckx  Belgium 2 1970, 1971
Roger Swerts  Belgium 2 1972, 1974
Frans Maassen  Netherlands 2 1988, 1990
Stijn Devolder  Belgium 2 2008, 2010
Jens Keukeleire  Belgium 2 2017, 2018

By nation[edit]

Rank Country Wins Most times winner Most Recent Winner
1  Belgium 67 Louis Mottiat, Emile Masson, René Vermandel, Henri Van Kerckhove, Noël Foré, Eddy Merckx, Roger Swerts, Stijn Devolder and Jens Keukeleire (2 each) Jens Keukeleire (2018)
2  Netherlands 8 Frans Maassen (2) Lars Boom (2009)
3  France 4 Lucien Petit-Breton, Paul Duboc, Jean Stablinski and Sylvain Chavanel (1 each) Sylvain Chavanel (2004)
4  Germany 3 Tony Martin (3) Tony Martin (2014)
5  Italy 2 Carmine Preziosi and Vittorio Adorni (1 each) Carmine Preziosi (1967)
6  Australia 1 Michael Rogers (1) Michael Rogers (2003)
 Denmark 1 Leif Mortensen (1) Leif Mortensen (1973)
 United Kingdom 1 Sean Yates (1) Sean Yates (1989)
 Russia 1 Vladimir Gusev (1) Vladimir Gusev (2007)

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