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Vattenfall Cyclassics
HEW Cyclassic 2004 kurz vor dem Start.JPG
Before the start of the 2004 HEW Cyclassics
Race details
Date Late July / August
Region Hamburg, Germany
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Single-day race
History
First edition 1996
Editions 13 (as of 2008)
First winner Italy Rossano Brasi
Most recent United States Tyler Farrar

The Vattenfall Cyclassics is an annual one-day pro and amateur cycling race in and around Hamburg. Although it is a race with a short history, it is nevertheless reckoned as a classic. It started as an unimportant race in 1996, but because of the fast growing popularity of cycling in Germany, it was made a part of the UCI Road World Cup in 1998. Since 2005, it has been a part of the UCI ProTour, and in 2009 became one of the 24 races contributing points towards the UCI World Ranking.

The route of the race varies, but is often around 250 km long. During a number of loops through Hamburg, the hill Waseberg is climbed a number of times. The route also includes Hamburg's highest bridge Köhlbrandbrücke. The route is challenging enough that the race almost never ends in a mass sprint.

The sponsor of the Cyclassics, the Hamburg electricity plant HEW, has adopted a new name (Vattenfall Europe Hamburg), and from 2006, this cycling race has been known as the Vattenfall Cyclassics.

The finale of the 2005 edition

An important part of the Cyclassics are the Jedermann-Rennen amateur/cyclosportif event run around the time that the race is held. Anybody (jedermann) can participate in these races over 55 km, 100 km and 155 km. The number of participants is however limited and a ticket must be reserved months in advance. In 2005 there were 20000 amateurs on the course.

As of 2009, every edition of the race has been won by different rider.

Winners

HEW Cyclassics
year Cyclist Country
1996 Rossano Brasi  Italy
1997 Jan Ullrich  Germany
1998 Léon van Bon  Netherlands
1999 Mirko Celestino  Italy
2000 Gabriele Missaglia  Italy
2001 Erik Zabel  Germany
2002 Johan Museeuw  Belgium
2003 Paolo Bettini  Italy
2004 Stuart O'Grady  Australia
2005 Filippo Pozzato  Italy
Vattenfall Cyclassics
Year Cyclist Country
2006 Óscar Freire  Spain
2007 Alessandro Ballan  Italy
2008 Robbie McEwen  Australia
2009 Tyler Farrar  United States

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Vattenfall Cyclassics

Before the start of the 2004 HEW Cyclassics
Race details
Date Late July / August
Region Hamburg, Germany
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Single-day race
History
First edition 1996
Editions 12 (as of 2007)
First winner Rossano Brasi
Most recent Alessandro Ballan

The Vattenfall Cyclassics is a cycling race held every year in Hamburg, Germany.

It started as an unimportant race in 1996, but because cycling became very popular in Germany it was made a part of the UCI Road World Cup in 1998. Since 2005, it is a part of the UCI ProTour.

The route of the race changes, but is about 250 km long. During a number of laps through Hamburg, the Waseberg hill is climbed a several times. The cyclists also race over Hamburg's highest bridge Köhlbrandbrücke. Unlike many races the Cyclassic race almost never ends in a mass sprint, that is, with a lot of riders close together racing to the finish line.

There is an amateur part of the Cyclassics. Earlier on the day of the race there are three Jedermann-Rennen. Anybody (jedermann) with a ticket can take part in these races (rennen) over 55 km, 100 km and 155 km. Tickets must be reserved months in advance. In 2005 there were 20000 amateurs on the course.

The sponsor of the Cyclassics, was the Hamburg Electrizität Werke, Hamburg electricity plant or "HEW", after it became part of the big "Vattenfall" company the Cyclassic changed its name too, and from 2006 this cycling race has been known as the Vattenfall Cyclassics.

Winners

HEW Cyclassics
  • 1996 - Rossano Brasi
  • 1998 - Léon van Bon
  • 1999 - Mirko Celestino
  • 2000 - Gabriele Missaglia
  • 2002 - Johan Museeuw
  • 2003 - Paolo Bettini
  • 2004 - Stuart O'Grady
  • 2005 - Filippo Pozzato
Vattenfall Cyclassics
  • 2006 - Óscar Freire
  • 2007 - Alessandro Ballan

Other websites

UCI ProTour

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HEW Cyclassics

1996 - Rossano Brasi  1997 - Jan Ullrich  1998 - Léon van Bon  1999 - Mirko Celestino  2000 - Gabriele Missaglia  2001 - Erik Zabel  2002 - Johan Museeuw  2003 - Paolo Bettini  2004 - Stuart O'Grady  2005 - Filippo Pozzato 

Vattenfall Cyclassics

2006 - Óscar Freire  2007 - Alessandro Ballan 


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