Olympia's Tour

The Olympia's Tour is a cycling stage race held in September in the Netherlands.

Olympia's Tour
2010, near Hoofddorp
Race details
DateMay (until 2015)
September (since 2016)
RegionNetherlands
Local name(s)Olympia's Tour
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web sitewww.olympiastour.com Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1909 (1909)
Editions66 (as of 2018)
First winner Chris Kalkman (NED)
Most wins Jetse Bol (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent Julius Johansen (DEN)

HistoryEdit

A.S.C. Olympia was founded in Amsterdam on 27 November 1898. It ran one-day races but wanted a race through all the Netherlands. The first Olympia’s Tour was in 1909, with three stages and one rest day. The second in 1910 went to Maastricht and Groningen. It was 17 years before the third race, partly because races on public roads were forbidden in the Netherlands during the First World War. An international field with 16 Germans, the champions of Switzerland and Luxembourg and around 40 Dutch riders left the Rembrandtplein on 17 August 1927. The Dutch were mainly amateurs, the Germans sponsored riders who rode for bicycle manufacturers such as Opel and Diamant which provided material and a support team. The German Rudolf Wolke won after four stages and 800 kilometres ahead of Janus Braspennincx. It was the last race until 1955.

The race resumed on 17 June 1955, with 93 riders leaving Stadionplein in Amsterdam South for a stage of 212 km to Hoogeveen. The race was a battle until the end, when 26-year-old Piet Kooyman won. After 1955 the race was held every year except 2001, when it was stopped by a foot-and-mouth disease crisis.

Some winners have become successful professionals. They include Henk Nijdam, Frits Schür, Cees Priem, Fedor den Hertog, Leo van Vliet, John Talen, Servais Knaven, Danny Nelissen, Matthé Pronk, Joost Posthuma and Thomas Dekker.

Past winnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1909   Netherlands Chris Kalkman
1910   Netherlands Adrie Bellersen
1911
1926
No race
1927   Germany Rudolf Wolke
1928
1954
No race
1955   Netherlands Piet Kooyman
1956   Netherlands Cees Van Der Zande
1957   Netherlands Adrie Roks
1958   Netherlands Ab Van Egmond
1959   Netherlands Huub Zilverberg
1960   Netherlands Gerard Wesseling
1961   Netherlands Mik Snijder
1962   Netherlands Henk Nijdam
1963   Netherlands Joske Dries
1964   Netherlands Cor Schuuring
1965   Netherlands Harrie Steevens
1966   Netherlands Jan van der Horst
1967   Netherlands Cees Zoontjens
1968   Netherlands Leen De Groot
1969   Netherlands Piet Legierse
1970   Netherlands Frits Schür
1971   Netherlands Cees Priem
1972   Netherlands Frits Schür
1973   Netherlands Fedor den Hertog
1974   Netherlands Roy Schuiten
1975   Netherlands Hans Langerijs
1976   Netherlands Leo van Vliet
1977   Netherlands Arie Hassink
1978   Netherlands Arie Hassink
1979   Netherlands Jos Lammertink
1980   Soviet Union Oleg Logvin
1981   Netherlands Gerard Schipper
1982   Netherlands Gerrit Solleveld
1983   East Germany Mario Hering
1984   Soviet Union Asiat Saitov
1985   Netherlands John Talen
1986   East Germany Berndt Dittert
1987   Netherlands Jos Bol
1988   East Germany Dirk Meier
1989   East Germany Thomas Liese
1990   Netherlands Wilco Zuijderwijk
1991   Netherlands Anton Tak
1992   Netherlands Servais Knaven
1993   Netherlands Servais Knaven
1994   Australia Henk Vogels
1995   Netherlands Danny Nelissen
1996   Italy Cristiano Citton
1997   Netherlands Remco van der Ven
1998   Netherlands Matthé Pronk Rabobank
1999   Netherlands Marcel Duijn Rabobank
2000   Netherlands Jan van Velzen Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
2001 No race
2002   Netherlands Mart Louwers Rabobank GS3
2003   Netherlands Joost Posthuma Rabobank GS3
2004   Netherlands Thomas Dekker Rabobank GS3
2005   Netherlands Stef Clement Rabobank Continental Team
2006   Netherlands Tom Veelers Rabobank Continental Team
2007   Netherlands Thomas Berkhout Rabobank Continental Team
2008   Netherlands Lars Boom Rabobank Continental Team
2009   Netherlands Jetse Bol Rabobank Continental Team
2010   United States Taylor Phinney Trek–Livestrong
2011   Netherlands Jetse Bol Rabobank Continental Team
2012   Netherlands Dylan van Baarle Rabobank Continental Team
2013   Netherlands Dylan van Baarle Rabobank Development Team
2014   Netherlands Berden de Vries Cycling Team Jo Piels
2015   Netherlands Jetse Bol Cyclingteam de Rijke
2016   Netherlands Cees Bol Rabobank Development Team
2017   Netherlands Pascal Eenkhoorn BMC Development Team
2018   Denmark Julius Johansen Team ColoQuick

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