Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt

The International Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt was a multi-stage road bicycle race held in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. In the years from 1966 to 2007, it was considered one of the biggest sporting events in Rhineland-Palatinate. No other city was as often the stage destination of the Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt as Bad Marienberg (Westerwald).

Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
Race details
English nameInternational Rhineland-Palatinate Tour
Local name(s)International Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt (in German)
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
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First edition1966 (1966)
Final edition2007 (2007)
First winner Ortwin Czarnowksi (GER)
Final winner Gerald Ciolek (GER)
Start of the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt 2006 in Koblenz

In its early years, it was an amateur race. The edition of 1969 was notable for the domination of Fedor den Hertog, winning nine of the eleven stages, and the overall classification with a large margin.[1] After 2005 it was part of the UCI Europe Tour and part of the new German Championship [de; fr] (TUI Cup). In the past the race took place in September during the Vuelta a España. Starting in 2005, the race, classified in category 2.1 due to the newly introduced UCI ProTour, took place in May during the Giro d'Italia and just before the Tour of Catalonia.

Since 1981, a mountain and a sprint classification have been introduced. In 2007, for the first time a classification for the best young professional was introduced (blue jersey).

Due to the cases of doping in cycling, the Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt was cancelled in 2008. The Minister of the Interior of Rhineland-Palatinate, Karl Peter Bruch, announced that the state would not issue a permit for the race from 2008 and that the police would not be called off. "The current extent of the doping allegations has prompted the state government to suspend the financing of the Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt for the year 2008. We feel compelled to send this clear signal," said Bruch.[2] As a result, it is unlikely that the tour will be held after 2008. Another setback in this respect is the dissolution of the organising association "Internationale Rheinland-Pfalz-Rad-Rundfahrt" on 5 December 2007. The official reason for this step is the resulting cost savings.[3]


Year Country Rider Team
1966   West Germany Ortwin Czarnowski
1967   West Germany Martin Gombert
1968   West Germany Ortwin Czarnowski
1969   Netherlands Fedor den Hertog
1970   West Germany Karl-Heinz Muddemann
1971   West Germany Dieter Koslar
1972   West Germany Karl-Heinz Küster
1973   West Germany Peter Weibel
1974   Netherlands Aard van den Hoek
1975   Norway Thorleif Andersen
1976   Poland Mieczysław Nowicki
1977   Poland Krzysztof Sujka
1978   Netherlands Theo de Rooy
1979   Norway Jostein Wilman
1980   Denmark Thomas Möller
1981   Czechoslovakia Ladislav Ferebauer
1982   Austria Helmut Wechselberger
1983   East Germany Dan Radtke
1984   Czechoslovakia Milan Jurčo
1985   East Germany Olaf Ludwig
1986   East Germany Thomas Barth
1987   East Germany Mario Kummer
1988   West Germany Christian Henn
1989   Poland Joachim Halupczok
1990   West Germany Kai Hundertmarck
1991   Germany Gerd Audehm
1992   Germany Gerd Audehm
1993   Germany Bert Dietz
1994   France Cédric Vasseur
1995   Germany Jörn Reuss
1996   Germany Olaf Ludwig
1997   Latvia Dainis Ozols
1998   United States Lance Armstrong
1999   Belgium Marc Wauters
2000   Belgium Marc Wauters
2001   Netherlands Erik Dekker
2002   Germany Ronny Scholz
2003   Italy Daniele Nardello
2004   Germany Björn Glasner
2005   Germany Michael Rich
2006   Austria Rene Haselbacher
2007   Germany Gerald Ciolek


  1. ^ "Fedor is nog steeds een mysterie". BN De Stem (in Dutch). 3 November 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  2. ^ rad-net.de: Doping-Folgen: Keine Rheinland-Pfalz-Rundfahrt 2008 abgerufen am 3. Juli 2008
  3. ^ rad-net.de: Keine Zukunft in Rheinland-Pfalz: Verein der Rundfahrt löst sich auf abgerufen am 3. Juli 2008

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