Climbs of the Cauberg and the Muur van Geraardsbergen are eye-catchers in the BinckBank Tour. The new stage schedule of the Dutch and Belgian cycling race was unveiled on Thursday in Sittard-Geleen.
The BinckBank Tour, besides the Amstel Gold Race the only Dutch race for the men on the shortened cycling calendar, has been shortened from seven to five stages. The stage race would initially start on August 31 in the Frisian Dokkum, but the start has been moved to the Flemish coastal town of Blankenberge, on September 29.
After the first flat stage on Belgian territory, a time trial of 9 kilometers follows in Vlissingen in Zeeland. After that, a ride is on the program with a start in Philippine in Zeeland and a finish in Aalster in Belgium.
The fourth stage leads the pack through Limburg. After the climb of the Cauberg - often the executioner in the Amstel Gold Race - the finish is in the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park in Sittard-Geleen.
In the final stage through Belgium, the riders will ride a local circuit four times in Geraardsbergen, where the Bosberg and the Muur will have to be climbed four times each. Last month it was announced that the ascent of the Muur has been removed from the Tour of Flanders race route this year.
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BinckBank Tour overlaps with Giro d'Italia
The BinckBank Tour will be held in Switzerland this year just after the World Cycling Championships. The last stage of the stage race coincides with the start of the Giro d'Italia, so that a number of top riders will be missing.
Last year, the BinckBank Tour was won by Jumbo-Visma rider Laurens De Plus.