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Rund um den Henninger-Turm
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The Henninger-Turm (Tower) building in Frankfurt am Main.
Race details
Date May 1
Region Frankfurt, Germany
English name Lap of the Henninger Tower
Local name(s) Rund um den Henninger-Turm (German)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Single-day
History
First edition 1962
Editions 47 (as of 2009)
First winner Belgium Armand Desmet
Most wins Germany Erik Zabel (3 wins)
Most recent Germany Fabian Wegmann
Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) leads team mate Marcus Zberg into the final sprint of the 2005 race. Eventual winner Erik Zabel (in pink) is hidden in fourth place.

The Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (until 2008 Rund um den Henninger-Turm, sometimes called the Frankfurt Grand Prix in English) is a semi classic cycling race around Frankfurt am Main with the start and finish on Darmstädter Landstraße outside the Henninger-Turm (Tower), a grain silo belonging to the Henninger brewery which backs the event. The race takes place on a complicated route in the Taunus mountains west of the city with around 1500m (5,000 feet) of climbing. The climbs of the Ruppershain, Feldberg and Mammolshain have been regular features; the Mammolshain has a 26% gradient and is climbed twice in the race. The race concludes with three laps of 4.5 kilometres in the centre of Frankfurt.

History

The race, organised for many years by brothers Hermann and Erwin Moos, began in 1962 with Henninger as main sponsor to publicise the Henninger Tower opened in 1961. The event received classic status in 1967 when Paris-Brussels was forced off the calendar due to traffic problems.

The race had a British winner in 1966 when Barry Hoban rode solo to the finish, holding the chasing pack at one minute for the final 50km. Eddy Merckx also won alone in 1971. Five riders have won twice: Australian Phil Anderson (1984 and 1985), Dutchman Karsten Kroon (2004 and 2008) and the Belgians Ludo Peeters (1982 and 1983), Georges Pintens (1969, 1973) and Jean-Marie Wampers (1986, 1989). The most victories are by Erik Zabel with wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

Rund um den Henninger-Turm was part of the UCI Road World Cup for one year, 1995, with the HEW Cyclassic in Hamburg getting the German leg of the series. The event is also not part of the UCI ProTour. Observers say holding the race on 1 May, often midweek, counts against it.

In November 2007, organiser Bernd Moos said Henninger would stop backing the race after 2008. He said that after 46 years Henninger was pulling out because of economic conditions.[1] In January 2009 Moos said that the race would continue as the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, named for new sponsors, Frankfurt and the neighboring town of Eschborn, which would also be the start of the race. [2][3] The race will no longer pass the Henninger Tower.

Race winners

Rider Team
1962 Belgium Desmet, ArmandArmand Desmet (BEL)
1963 Germany Junkermann, HansHans Junkermann (GER)
1964 Belgium Roman, ClémentClément Roman (BEL)
1965 France Stablinski, JeanJean Stablinski (FRA)
1966 United Kingdom Hoban, BarryBarry Hoban (GBR)
1967 Belgium van Rijckeghem, DanielDaniel van Rijckeghem (BEL)
1968 Netherlands Beugels, EddyEddy Beugels (NED)
1969 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL)
1970 Germany Altig, RudiRudi Altig (GER)
1971 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL)
1972 France Bellone, GilbertGilbert Bellone (FRA)
1973 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL)
1974 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL)
1975 Netherlands Schuiten, RoyRoy Schuiten (NED)
1976 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL)
1977 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED)
1978 Germany Braun, GregorGregor Braun (GER)
1979 Belgium Willems, DanielDaniel Willems (BEL)
1980 Italy Baronchelli, GianbattistaGianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
1981 Belgium Jacobs, JosJos Jacobs (BEL)
1982 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL)
1983 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL)
1984 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS)
1985 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS)
1986 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL)
1987 Norway Lauritzen, Dag OttoDag Otto Lauritzen (NOR)
1988 Belgium Dernies, MichelMichel Dernies (BEL)
1989 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL)
1990 Switzerland Wegmüller, ThomasThomas Wegmüller (SUI)
1991 Belgium Bruyneel, JohanJohan Bruyneel (BEL)
1992 Belgium Van Den Abbeele, FrankFrank Van Den Abbeele (BEL)
1993 Denmark Sørensen, RolfRolf Sørensen (DNK)
1994 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER)
1995 Italy Frattini, FrancescoFrancesco Frattini (ITA)
1996 Switzerland Zberg, BeatBeat Zberg (SUI)
1997 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA)
1998 Italy Baldato, FabioFabio Baldato (ITA)
1999 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER)
2000 Germany Hundertmarck, KaiKai Hundertmarck (GER)
2001 Switzerland Zberg, MarcusMarcus Zberg (SUI) Rabobank
2002 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2003 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2004 Netherlands Kroon, KarstenKarsten Kroon (NED) Rabobank
2005 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) T-Mobile Team
2006 Italy Garzelli, StefanoStefano Garzelli (ITA) Liquigas
2007 Germany Sinkewitz, PatrikPatrik Sinkewitz (GER) T-Mobile Team
2008 Netherlands Kroon, KarstenKarsten Kroon (NED) Team CSC
2009 Germany Wegmann, FabianFabian Wegmann (GER) Team Milram

References

  1. ^ Official website. Announces withdrawal of Henninger Bräu AG as main sponsors.
  2. ^ (New) official website. Announces new name and main sponsors. (in German)
  3. ^ Cyclingnews report in English
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