12 Jul BeNe Ladies Tour Preview (WE 2.1)
The 4th edition of the BeNe Ladies Tour will be held from Thursday, July 13th 2017 until Sunday, July 16th. For its fourth edition the race will be held under UCI WE 2.1 ranking, an upgrade from previous editions held under 2.2 status. Riders will have to cover approximately 350 kilometres throughout its four racing days, including a prologue, an ITT and double-sector stage.
The distinctive feature of this race is that it is held in two countries as its name states, in Belgium and The Netherlands. The first two days will be on Dutch soil whereas the following two will take place on Belgian territory. “Belgian Bullet” Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-High5) holds the winning record of the race, having won the last two editions. This time D’hoore won’t participate in the race.
From Thursday, 13 July until Sunday, 16 July
The 4th edition of the BeNe Ladies Tour will start for the first time since its inception with a flat prologue in Vlissingen.
Our favourite: Amy Cure Our outsider: Karlijn Swinkels
Probably the queen stage of the 2017 edition. Throughout its 127-kilometre course riders will have to face 12 cobblestones segments and cross Westerscheldetunnel, a 6.6-kilometre underwater tunnel with maximum gradients of 4.5% and 60m below sea-level at its deepest point.
Our favourite: Christine Majerus Our outsider: Alice Barnes
2nd stage A: Sint-Laureins – Sint-Laureins 101km local time 12:30-15:30 approx (UTC +2)
With start and finish in Sint-Laureins the first part of the second stage of the 2017 edition comprises of four laps to a nearly 25-kilometre circuit around Sint-Laureins, that feature two cobblestones segments.
Our favourite: Nettie Edmondson Our outsider: Susanne Andersen
2nd stage B: Sint-Laureins – Sint-Laureins (ITT) 10.1km local time 17:30-20:15 approx (UTC +2)
The second part of the second stage of the BeNe Ladies Tour is a flat individual time trial with start and finish in Sint-Laureins.
Our favourite: Marianne Vos Our outsider: Coralie Demay
3rd stage: Zelzate – Zelzate 112km local time: 14:30-17:30 approx (UTC +2)
Zelzate host the final stage of the 2017 edition. Riders will cover nine laps to a nearly 12.5-kilometre circuit around Zelzate. Intermediate sprints will be contested at laps three, five and seven.
Our favourite: Lucy Garner Our outsider: Monique van den Ree
Favourites & Outsiders
Elise Delzenne, Nettie Edmondson, Christine Majerus, Marianne Vos
Alice Barnes, Amy Cure, Elinor Barker, Roxane Fournier, Janneke Ensing
Kaat Hannes, Sanne Cant, Natalie van Gogh, Nina Kessler, Kelly Druyts,
Our favourite: Marianne Vos
Our outsider: Natalie van Gogh
Bea Gómez, Alicia González, Lucía González, Eider Merino, Gloria Rodríguez y Alba Teruel (Lointek) will be the Spanish riders at the fourth edition of BeNe Ladies Tour.
“Belgian Bullet” Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-High5) successfully defended her previous victory at BeNe Ladies Tour, winning three of the four stages of the race. Dutch rider Floortje Mackaij (Liv Plantur) finished second while French rider Elise Delzenne (Lotto Soudal) completed the podium in third place.
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: