Rund um Köln
The Rund um Köln is a classic cycling race around the German city of Cologne. Since 2005 it is part of the UCI Europe Tour, being organised as 1.1 race (in 2007 the race was categorised as 1.HC). It is one of the oldest cycling races still running in Germany – where media-driven hostility towards professional cycling in the wake of repeated doping scandals has severely weakened the economic structure and viability of the sport. The Rund um Köln is the second-oldest race in Germany, just after Rund um die Hainleite, which was first held in 1908. Between the 1930s and late 1980s Rund um Köln was held as an amateur race. The race was contested every year on Easter Monday from 2000 to 2014. As of 2015 it is contested on the second Sunday in June.
|Date||Easter Monday (?)|
|English name||Tour of Cologne|
|Local name(s)||Rund um Köln (in German)|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Editions||103 (as of 2019)|
|First winner||Fritz Tacke (GER)|
|Most wins||Wilfried Trott (GER) (3 wins)|
|Most recent||Baptiste Planckaert (BEL)|
The centenary edition of the Rund um Köln, set for March 24, 2008, was cancelled due to snow. The 2009 edition was contested by a weakened, sub-par field, as top professional teams did not send their stars, and the riders raced for their country instead.