Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic

Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic
Race details
Date August
Region Utrecht, Netherlands
Local name(s) Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Single-day
First edition 1985 (1985)
Editions 31 (as of 2016)
First winner  Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
Most wins  Wiebren Veenstra (NED)
 Steven de Jongh (NED)
 Theo Bos (NED)
 Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
(2 wins)
Most recent  Dylan Groenewegen (NED)

The Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic (known as Veenendaal–Veenendaal from 1985 until 2006 and The Dutch Food Valley Classic from 2007 until 2013) is a semi classic professional cycling race in the Netherlands starting and finishing in the town of Veenendaal. The event is part of the UCI Europe Tour calendar of events with a ranking of 1.1.


The race has a course on winding roads through the two Veluwe national parks, Hoge Veluwe National Park and Veluwezoom National Park, and the Nederrijn river valley in the south east corner of Utrecht province over a distance of roughly 209 km, interspersed with little steep cobbled climbs, the most significant of which are the Grebbeberg and the Posbank in Rhenen, and the Emma Pyramid in Rozendaal. Although the city of Arnhem is featured in the title of the race, it both starts and finishes in the town of Veenendaal, but goes to and from Arnhem during the race. It also passes close to Wageningen, the centre of the Food Valley, which formerly sponsored the name of the race.


The race was created in 1985 by the Royal Dutch Cycling Union who wanted to create a preparation race in August just before the World Championships.[1] Between 1985 and 2006 the race was known as Veenendaal–Veenendaal. Over the years it has been run at three different times on the international cycling calendar. In 1994 the event was moved to mid-April and given a date on a Thursday, the day after La Flèche Wallonne and a few days before Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The race organisers were never happy with this because it reduced the quality of the field with the top teams unwilling to race three times in four days, however in 2004 the UCI agreed to a date change to a less intense week on the Friday after Paris–Roubaix and two days before the biggest one-day race in the Netherlands, the Amstel Gold Race. However the event was moved to yet another new date in 2006, with the race taking place in June, away from the congested spring classics calendar and no longer competing in the same midweek with the Scheldeprijs. For the 2010 season, another date change is scheduled: the race will move to mid-August.

In 2005 Veenendaal–Veenendaal benefited from the creation of the new UCI ProTour structure when it was elevated to 1.HC standard bringing to the same level as Belgium's Omloop "Het Volk" and Germany's Rund um den Henninger Turm, thus bringing more sponsorship and publicity. In 2001 the race looked like being cancelled as the Foot and Mouth outbreak hit the Netherlands but the race eventually went ahead as the organisers modified the route to avoid sensitive areas. The 2007 race brought on board the Dutch organisation Food Valley as main sponsors and the event had the alternative title of The Dutch Food Valley Classic. Until 2008, the race always started in Veenendaal, but in 2009 the race started in Barneveld.[2] From 2014 onwards, the race became known in Dutch as the Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic, reflecting a new start location in Arnhem.


List of winners:[3][4]

Rider Team
1985 Netherlands Zoetemelk, JoopJoop Zoetemelk (NED) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986 No race
1987 Belgium Capiot, JohanJohan Capiot (BEL) Roland-Skala
1988 Belgium Vlassaks, RonnyRonny Vlassaks (BEL) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989 Netherlands Van Poppel, Jean PaulJean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990 Netherlands Veenstra, WiebrenWiebren Veenstra (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991 Netherlands Veenstra, WiebrenWiebren Veenstra (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992 Netherlands Hanegraaf, JacquesJacques Hanegraaf (NED) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Netherlands Mulders, RobRob Mulders (NED) WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1994 Russia Ekimov, ViatcheslavViatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1995 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER) Team Telekom
1996 Ukraine Tchmil, AndreiAndrei Tchmil (UKR) Lotto
1997 Netherlands Blijlevens, JeroenJeroen Blijlevens (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1998 Denmark Hoj, FrankFrank Høj (DEN) Palmans-Ideal
1999 Netherlands Hoffman, TristanTristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
2000 Netherlands De Jongh, StevenSteven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2001 Netherlands De Jongh, StevenSteven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2002 Netherlands Traksel, BobbieBobbie Traksel (NED) Rabobank
2003 Netherlands Van Bon, LeonLéon van Bon (NED) Lotto–Domo
2004 Italy Cadamuro, SimoneSimone Cadamuro (ITA) Domina Vacanze
2005 Netherlands Schalen, Paul vanPaul van Schalen (NED) AXA Pro-Cycling Team
2006 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007 Germany Radochla, SteffenSteffen Radochla (GER) Wiesenhof-Felt
2008 Germany Forster, RobertRobert Förster (GER) Gerolsteiner
2009 Netherlands van Hummel, KennyKenny van Hummel (NED) Skil–Shimano
2010 Norway Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky
2011 Netherlands Bos, TheoTheo Bos (NED) Rabobank
2012 Netherlands Bos, TheoTheo Bos (NED) Rabobank
2013 Italy Viviani, EliaElia Viviani (ITA) Cannondale
2014 Belgium Lampaert, YvesYves Lampaert (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2015 Netherlands Groenewegen, DylanDylan Groenewegen (NED) Team Roompot
2016 Netherlands Groenewegen, DylanDylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo


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