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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 (in Dutch)
Tour de Belgique (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.

The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2020.

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

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