World Ports Classic

The World Ports Classic was a European two-day cycle race held between the port cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp, organized by ASO as a 2.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour. The race was only held from 2012 until 2015.

World Ports Classic
World Ports Classic logo.svg
DateEnd of August (2012 and 2013)
May (2014 and 2015)
RegionNetherlands and Belgium
English nameWorld Ports Classic
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAmaury Sport Organisation
Web sitewww.letour.fr/world-ports-classic/ Edit this at Wikidata
First edition2012 (2012)
Editions4 (as of 2015)
First winner Tom Boonen (BEL)
Most winsNo repeat winners
Most recent Kris Boeckmans (BEL)

The riders started in Rotterdam, finishing the first day in Antwerp before riding in the opposite direction on the second and final day. A leader's jersey was awarded to the winner of the first stage[1] to be defended on the second stage.

HistoryEdit

The inaugural event commenced on 31 August 2012[2][3] with the first stage being won by Tom Boonen ahead of André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff. The second stage was won by Theo Bos ahead of Greipel and Boonen. Boonen won the overall classification and the points classification with Kristoff winning the youth classification.

The 2013 event was won by Nikolas Maes of Belgium, while Bos won in 2014.

The 2015 event was won by Kris Boeckmans of Belgium, Andrea Guardini won the first stage ahead of Yauheni Hutarovich and Kris Boeckmans. Kris Boeckmans won the second stage ahead of Danilo Napolitano and Alessandro Bazzana.

WinnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
2012   Belgium Tom Boonen Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013   Belgium Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2014   Netherlands Theo Bos Belkin Pro Cycling
2015   Belgium Kris Boeckmans Lotto–Soudal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Ports Classic" (in French). Le Blog de l'Ardoisier. 2012-05-16.
  2. ^ "2011 - 2012 UCI Road Calendar: UCI Europe Tour". uci.ch. 2011-09-26.
  3. ^ "New Race: Rotterdam-Antwerp and back" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2011-09-26.

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