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

Tour of Belgium
DateLate-May
RegionBelgium
English nameTour of Belgium
Local name(s)Ronde van België ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
Tour de Belgique ‹See Tfd›(in French)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Race directorRob Discart
Web sitewww.sport.be/baloisebelgiumtour/ Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1908 (1908)
Editions89 (as of 2019)
First winner Lucien Petit-Breton (FRA)
Most wins Tony Martin (GER) (3 wins)
Most recent Remco Evenepoel (BEL)

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.

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WinnersEdit

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 yearEdit

Rider Team
1908   Lucien Petit-Breton (FRA) Peugeot-Wolber
1909   Paul Duboc (FRA) Alcyon-Dunlop
1910   Jules Masselis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1911   René Vandenberghe (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1912   Odiel Defraeye (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1913   Dieudonné Gauthy (BEL) Alcyon
1914   Louis Mottiat (BEL) Alcyon-Soly
1915–1918 No race
1919   Emile Masson (BEL) Alcyon
1920   Louis Mottiat (BEL) Alcyon
1921   René Vermandel (BEL) individual
1922   René Vermandel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1923   Emile Masson (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1924   Félix Sellier (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1925   Denis Verschueren (BEL) Wonder
1926   Jean Debusschere (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1927   Paul Matton (BEL) Armor-Dunlop
1928   Jules Vanhevel (BEL) individual
1929   Armand Van Bruane (BEL) La Nordiste
1930   Emile Joly (BEL) Génial Lucifer
1931   Maurice De Waele (BEL) M. Dewaele
1932   Léon Louyet (BEL) Génial Lucifer-Hutchinson
1933   Jean Aerts (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1934   François Gardier (BEL) Depas Cycles
1935   Jef Moerenhout (BEL) Dilecta-Wolber
1936   Emile Decroix (BEL) Wolber
1937   Adolf Braeckeveldt (BEL) Helyett-Splendor
1938   François Neuville (BEL) Helyett-Hutchinson
1939   Joseph Somers (cyclist) (BEL) Helyett-Hutchinson
1940–1944 No race
1945   Norbert Callens (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1946   Albert Ramon (BEL) Cilo
1947   Maurice Van Herzele (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1948   Stan Ockers (BEL) Garin-Wolber
1949   Ernest Sterckx (BEL) L'Avenir
1950   Albert Dubuisson (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1951   Lucien Mathys (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1952   Henri Van Kerckhove (BEL) individual
1953   Florent Rondelé (BEL) Bertin-D'Alessandro
1954   Henri Van Kerckhove (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Huret
1955   Alex Close (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956   André Vlaeyen (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1957   Pino Cerami (BEL) Peugeot-BP-Dunlop
1958   Noël Foré (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Leopold
1959   Armand Desmet (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Sinalco
1960   Alfons Sweeck (BEL) Groene Leeuw-Sinalco
1961   Rik Van Looy (BEL) Faema
1962   Noël Foré (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963   Peter Post (NED) Dr. Mann-Labo
1964   Benoni Beheyt (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1965   Jean Stablinski (FRA) Ford France-Gitane
1966   Vittorio Adorni (ITA) Salvarani
1967   Carmine Preziosi (ITA) Molteni
1968   Wilfried David (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969   Eric De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970   Eddy Merckx (BEL) Faemino-Faema
1971   Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972   Roger Swerts (BEL) Molteni
1973   Leif Mortensen (DEN) Bic
1974   Roger Swerts (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1975   Freddy Maertens (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1976   Michel Pollentier (BEL) Flandria–Velda–West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf
1977   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978   André Dierickx (BEL) IJsboerke-Gios
1979   Daniel Willems (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980   Gerrie Knetemann (NED) TI–Raleigh
1981   Ad Wijnands (NED) TI–Raleigh
1982–1983 No race
1984   Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic
1985   Ludo Peeters (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986   Nico Emonds (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1987 No race
1988   Frans Maassen (NED) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989   Sean Yates (GBR) 7 Eleven
1990   Frans Maassen (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991–2001 No race
2002   Bart Voskamp (NED) BankGiroLoterij-Batavus
2003   Michael Rogers (AUS) Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2005   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2006   Maarten Tjallingii (NED) Skil–Shimano
2007   Vladimir Gusev (RUS) Discovery Channel
2008   Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick-Step
2009   Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank
2010   Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick-Step
2011   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012   Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013   Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2014   Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2016   Dries Devenyns (BEL) IAM Cycling
2017   Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Belgium (national team)
2018   Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Lotto–Soudal
2019   Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Multiple winnersEdit

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 nationEdit

Rank Country Wins Most times winner Most Recent Winner
1   Belgium 68 Louis Mottiat, Emile Masson, René Vermandel, Henri Van Kerckhove, Noël Foré, Eddy Merckx, Roger Swerts, Stijn Devolder and Jens Keukeleire (2 each) Remco Evenepoel (2019)
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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