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.
|Date||End of August (2012 and 2013)|
May (2014 and 2015)
|Region||Netherlands and Belgium|
|English name||World Ports Classic|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Organiser||Amaury Sport Organisation|
|Editions||4 (as of 2015)|
|First winner||Tom Boonen (BEL)|
|Most wins||No 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 to be defended on the second stage.
The inaugural event commenced on 31 August 2012 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 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.
|2012||Belgium||Tom Boonen||Omega Pharma–Quick-Step|
|2013||Belgium||Nikolas Maes||Omega Pharma–Quick-Step|
|2014||Netherlands||Theo Bos||Belkin Pro Cycling|
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