Veenendaal–Veenendaal Classic

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Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic
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Race details
RegionUtrecht, Netherlands
Local name(s)Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
First edition1985 (1985)
Editions32 (as of 2017)
First winner Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
Most wins Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
(3 wins)
Most recent Dylan Groenewegen (NED)

The Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic (known as Veenendaal–Veenendaal from 1985 until 2006 and The Dutch Food Valley Classic from 2007 until 2013) is a semi classic professional cycling race in the Netherlands starting and finishing in the town of Veenendaal. The event is part of the UCI Europe Tour calendar of events with a ranking of 1.1.


The race has a course on winding roads through the two Veluwe national parks, Hoge Veluwe National Park and Veluwezoom National Park, and the Nederrijn river valley in the south east corner of Utrecht province over a distance of roughly 209 km, interspersed with little steep cobbled climbs, the most significant of which are the Grebbeberg and the Posbank in Rhenen, and the Emma Pyramid in Rozendaal. Although the city of Arnhem is featured in the title of the race, it both starts and finishes in the town of Veenendaal, but goes to and from Arnhem during the race. It also passes close to Wageningen, the centre of the Food Valley, which formerly sponsored the name of the race.


The race was created in 1985 by the Royal Dutch Cycling Union who wanted to create a preparation race in August just before the World Championships.[1] Between 1985 and 2006 the race was known as Veenendaal–Veenendaal. Over the years it has been run at three different times on the international cycling calendar. In 1994 the event was moved to mid-April and given a date on a Thursday, the day after La Flèche Wallonne and a few days before Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The race organisers were never happy with this because it reduced the quality of the field with the top teams unwilling to race three times in four days, however in 2004 the UCI agreed to a date change to a less intense week on the Friday after Paris–Roubaix and two days before the biggest one-day race in the Netherlands, the Amstel Gold Race. However the event was moved to yet another new date in 2006, with the race taking place in June, away from the congested spring classics calendar and no longer competing in the same midweek with the Scheldeprijs. For the 2010 season, another date change is scheduled: the race will move to mid-August.

In 2005 Veenendaal–Veenendaal benefited from the creation of the new UCI ProTour structure when it was elevated to 1.HC standard bringing to the same level as Belgium's Omloop "Het Volk" and Germany's Rund um den Henninger Turm, thus bringing more sponsorship and publicity. In 2001 the race looked like being cancelled as the Foot and Mouth outbreak hit the Netherlands but the race eventually went ahead as the organisers modified the route to avoid sensitive areas. The 2007 race brought on board the Dutch organisation Food Valley as main sponsors and the event had the alternative title of The Dutch Food Valley Classic. Until 2008, the race always started in Veenendaal, but in 2009 the race started in Barneveld.[2] From 2014 onwards, the race became known in Dutch as the Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic, reflecting a new start location in Arnhem.


List of winners:[3][4]

Rider Team
1985 Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986 No race
1987 Belgium Johan Capiot (BEL) Roland-Skala
1988 Belgium Ronny Vlassaks (BEL) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989 Netherlands Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990 Netherlands Wiebren Veenstra (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991 Netherlands Wiebren Veenstra (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992 Netherlands Jacques Hanegraaf (NED) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Netherlands Rob Mulders (NED) WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1994 Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1995 Germany Olaf Ludwig (GER) Team Telekom
1996 Ukraine Andrei Tchmil (UKR) Lotto
1997 Netherlands Jeroen Blijlevens (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1998 Denmark Frank Høj (DEN) Palmans-Ideal
1999 Netherlands Tristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
2000 Netherlands Steven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2001 Netherlands Steven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2002 Netherlands Bobbie Traksel (NED) Rabobank
2003 Netherlands Léon van Bon (NED) Lotto–Domo
2004 Italy Simone Cadamuro (ITA) Domina Vacanze
2005 Netherlands Paul van Schalen (NED) AXA Pro-Cycling Team
2006 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007 Germany Steffen Radochla (GER) Wiesenhof-Felt
2008 Germany Robert Förster (GER) Gerolsteiner
2009 Netherlands Kenny van Hummel (NED) Skil–Shimano
2010 Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky
2011 Netherlands Theo Bos (NED) Rabobank
2012 Netherlands Theo Bos (NED) Rabobank
2013 Italy Elia Viviani (ITA) Cannondale
2014 Belgium Yves Lampaert (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2015 Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team Roompot
2016 Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo
2017 Slovenia Luka Mezgec (SLO) Orica–Scott
2018 Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo


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