Olympia's Tour

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Olympia's Tour
2010 Olympia's Tour Hoofddorp.jpg
Race details
DateMay (until 2015)
September (since 2016)
RegionThe Netherlands
Local name(s)Olympia's Tour
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web site www.olympiastour.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
First edition1909 (1909)
Editions65 (as of 2017)
First winnerFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Chris Kalkman  (NED)
Most winsFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Jetse Bol  (NED)(3 wins)
Most recentFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Pascal Eenkhoorn  (NED)

The Olympia's Tour is a cycling stage race held in September in the Netherlands.

Road bicycle racing bicycle racing sport

Road bicycle racing is the cycle sport discipline of road cycling, held on paved roads. Road racing is the most popular professional form of bicycle racing, in terms of numbers of competitors, events and spectators. The two most common competition formats are mass start events, where riders start simultaneously and race to set finish point; and time trials, where individual riders or teams race a course alone against the clock. Stage races or "tours" take multiple days, and consist of several mass-start or time-trial stages ridden consecutively.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba—it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.



A.S.C. Olympia was founded in Amsterdam on 27 November 1898. It ran one-day races but wanted a race through all the Netherlands. The first Olympia’s Tour was in 1909, with three stages and one rest day. The second in 1910 went to Maastricht and Groningen. It was 17 years before the third race, partly because races on public roads were forbidden in the Netherlands during the First World War. An international field with 16 Germans, the champions of Switzerland and Luxembourg and around 40 Dutch riders left the Rembrandtplein on 17 August 1927. The Dutch were mainly amateurs, the Germans sponsored riders who rode for bicycle manufacturers such as Opel and Diamant which provided material and a support team. The German Rudolf Wolke won after four stages and 800 kilometres ahead of Janus Braspennincx. It was the last race until 1955.

Maastricht City and municipality in Limburg, Netherlands

Maastricht is a city and a municipality in the southeast of the Netherlands. It is the capital and largest city of the province of Limburg. Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse, at the point where the Jeker joins it. It is adjacent to the border with Belgium.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Switzerland federal republic in Central Europe

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state situated in the confluence of western, central, and southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities seated in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi), and land area of 39,997 km2 (15,443 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are located, among them the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.

The race resumed on 17 June 1955, with 93 riders leaving Stadionplein in Amsterdam South for a stage of 212 km to Hoogeveen. The race was a battle until the end, when 26-year-old Piet Kooyman won . After 1955 the race was held every year except 2001, when it was stopped by a foot-and-mouth disease crisis.

Hoogeveen Municipality in Drenthe, Netherlands

Hoogeveen[ˌɦoːɣəˈveːn](listen) is a municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands.

Foot-and-mouth disease infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals and caused by apthovirus

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) or hoof-and-mouth disease (HMD) is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids. The virus causes a high fever for between two and six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

Some winners have become successful professionals. They include Henk Nijdam, Frits Schür, Cees Priem, Fedor den Hertog, Leo van Vliet, John Talen, Servais Knaven, Danny Nelissen, Matthé Pronk, Joost Posthuma and Thomas Dekker.

Henk Nijdam Road bicycle racer

Henk Nijdam was a Dutch road and track cyclist. His sporting career began with Fortuna Zundert. On track, he finished in fifth place in the 4 km team pursuit at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He also won a gold and a bronze medals in the individual pursuit at world championships in 1962 and 1963.

Frits Schür Dutch cyclist

Frederikus Johannes Maria Goduwes "Frits" Schür is a retired Dutch cyclist who was active between 1970 and 1984. He competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in the individual road race, but failed to finish. He won the Olympia's Tour in 1970 and 1972 and Tour of Algeria in 1972, as well as a silver medal in the team time trial at the 1971 UCI Road World Championships.

Cees Priem road bicycle racer

Cees Priem is a retired Dutch professional road bicycle racer. After his cycling career, Priem became team manager of TVM. He competed in the individual road race and team time trial events at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Past winners

1909 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Chris Kalkman  (NED)
1910 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Adrie Bellersen  (NED)
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1927 Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Wolke  (GER)
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1955 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Piet Kooyman  (NED)
1956 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cees Van Der Zande  (NED)
1957 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Adrie Roks  (NED)
1958 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ab Van Egmond  (NED)
1959 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Huub Zilverberg  (NED)
1960 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gerard Wesseling  (NED)
1961 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mik Snijder  (NED)
1962 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Henk Nijdam  (NED)
1963 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joske Dries  (NED)
1964 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cor Schuuring  (NED)
1965 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Harrie Steevens  (NED)
1966 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan van der Horst  (NED)
1967 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cees Zoontjens  (NED)
1968 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leen De Groot  (NED)
1969 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Piet Legierse  (NED)
1970 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frits Schür  (NED)
1971 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cees Priem  (NED)
1972 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frits Schür  (NED)
1973 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Fedor den Hertog  (NED)
1974 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Roy Schuiten  (NED)
1975 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Langerijs  (NED)
1976 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leo van Vliet  (NED)
1977 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arie Hassink  (NED)
1978 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arie Hassink  (NED)
1979 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jos Lammertink  (NED)
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Oleg Logvin  (USSR)
1981 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gerard Schipper  (NED)
1982 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gerrit Solleveld  (NED)
1983 Flag of East Germany.svg Mario Hering  (DDR)
1984 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Asiat Saitov  (USSR)
1985 Flag of the Netherlands.svg John Talen  (NED)
1986 Flag of East Germany.svg Berndt Dittert  (DDR)
1987 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jos Bol  (NED)
1988 Flag of East Germany.svg Dirk Meier  (DDR)
1989 Flag of East Germany.svg Thomas Liese  (DDR)
1990 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Wilco Zuijderwijk  (NED)
1991 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Anton Tak  (NED)
1992 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Servais Knaven  (NED)
1993 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Servais Knaven  (NED)
1994 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Henk Vogels  (AUS)
1995 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Danny Nelissen  (NED)
1996 Flag of Italy.svg Cristiano Citton  (ITA)
1997 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Remco van der Ven  (NED)
1998 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Matthé Pronk  (NED) Rabobank
1999 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marcel Duijn  (NED) Rabobank
2000 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan van Velzen  (NED) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
2001No race
2002 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mart Louwers  (NED) Rabobank GS3
2003 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joost Posthuma  (NED) Rabobank GS3
2004 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Thomas Dekker  (NED) Rabobank GS3
2005 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Stef Clement  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2006 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tom Veelers  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2007 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Thomas Berkhout  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Lars Boom  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2009 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jetse Bol  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2010 Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Phinney  (USA) Trek–Livestrong
2011 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jetse Bol  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2012 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dylan van Baarle  (NED) Rabobank Continental Team
2013 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dylan van Baarle  (NED) Rabobank Development Team
2014 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Berden de Vries  (NED) Cycling Team Jo Piels
2015 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jetse Bol  (NED) Cyclingteam de Rijke
2016 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cees Bol  (NED) Rabobank Development Team
2017 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pascal Eenkhoorn  (NED) BMC Development Team

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