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Official race banner (Courtesy: Race Organisers).

Veenendaal-Veenendaal is a semi classic professional cycling race in the Netherlands starting and finishing in the town of Veenendaal with a route based around the Veluwe National Park and the Nederrijn river valley in the south east corner of Utrecht province. The event is part of the UCI Continental calendar of events with a ranking of 1.HC and is the second biggest cycling race in the Netherlands after the Amstel Gold Race.

The race only came into being in 1985 so it is very young by European cycling standards, it was instigated by the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) who wanted to create a preparation race in August just before the World Championships. 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 Amstel Gold Race.

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 race itself takes place on winding roads through the Veluwe National Park over a distance of roughly 209 km which is interspersed with little steep cobbled climbs, the most significant of which are the Grebbeberg at the town of Rhenen and the Posbank. The list of winners includes some top class riders such as Joop Zoetemelk, Jean-Paul van Poppel, Olaf Ludwig, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Andrei Tchmil and Jeroen Blijlevens.


Veenendaal-Veenendall Winners
Date Winner Nationality Team
2009Kenny Van Hummel22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngSkil-Shimano
2008Robert Förster22px-Flag of Germany.pngGerolsteiner
2007Steffen Radochla22px-Flag of Germany.pngWiesenhof-Felt
2006Tom Boonen22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).pngQuick Step-Innergetic
2005Paul Van Schalen 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngAXA
2004Simone Cadamuro3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gifDe Nardi-Colpack
2003Leon Van Bon22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngLotto-Domo
2002Bobbie Traksel22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngRabobank
2001Steven De Jongh22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngRabobank
2000Steven De Jongh22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngRabobank
1999Tristan Hoffman22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngTVM-Farm Frites
1998Frank Hoj22px-Flag of Denmark.pngPalmans-Ideal
1997Jeroen Blijlevens22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngTVM
1996Andrei Tchmil22px-Flag of Ukraine.pngLotto
1995Olaf Ludwig22px-Flag of Germany.pngTelekom
1994Viatcheslav Ekimov22px-Flag of Russia.pngWordperfect
1993Rob Mulders22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngWordperfect
1992Jacques Hangraaf 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngPanasonic
1991Wiebren Veenstra22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngBuckler
1990Wiebren Veenstra22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngBuckler
1989Jean-Paul Van Poppel22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngPanasonic
1988Ronny Vlassaks22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).pngSuperconfex
1987Johan Capiot22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).pngRoland
1986No Race
1985Joop Zoetemelk22px-Flag of the Netherlands.pngKwantumhallen