World Ports Classic

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World Ports Classic
World Ports Classic logo.svg
Race details
Date End of August (2012 and 2013)
May (2014 and 2015)
Region Netherlands and Belgium
English name World Ports Classic
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation
History
First edition 2012 (2012)
Editions 4 (as of 2015)
First winner  Tom Boonen (BEL)
Most wins No repeat winners
Most recent  Kris Boeckmans (BEL)

The World Ports Classic is 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 riders start in Rotterdam and finish the first day in Antwerp before riding in the opposite direction on the second and final day. A leader's jersey is awarded to the winner of the first stage[1] to be defended on the second stage.

History[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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