The 88th edition of the Baloise Belgium Tour on Wednesday, may 23 start in Buggenhout and know the winner on Sunday, may 27 in Tongeren. All stages are now known. They are deliberately kept short and have a few local rounds to start and/or finish to make it more attractive.
Buggenhout is the gastgemeente for the start of the first major wielerafspraak in Belgium following the spring classics. Also the ploegenpresentatie – the evening before, on Tuesday, may 22 – is there place. On the church Square from 18 of the participating teams and riders extensively presented to the public, a musical performance will close the evening.
The morning after the riders must really fry in the first stage in line which not only start, but also finish in Buggenhout. It is a biljartvlakke stage and that gives the sprinters the chance to demonstrate. The strongest of them look undoubtedly also to the second stage from Lochristi to Knokke-Heist with the arrival on the Wanderer, a classic within the Baloise Belgium Tour that a lot of cycling enthusiasts to the coast will attract.
In Bornem, the short time trial about 10.6 km on Friday 25 may for a first selection in the general classification to ensure. Practice is on Saturday in the province of Liege, the queen’s stage on the menu, and this year with start and arrival in Wanze. In the spirited finale to wait o.a. the Wall of Huy (1300m à 9,8%), the Côte d’ Ereffe (2200m à 5,9 %) and the Côte Chemin du Comte (2700m à 5,1 %).
On the final day driving the peloton from start Countries through Haspengouw to Tongeren, where as last year the final battle will erupt to victory. In 2017 won by Jens Keukeleire of the Baloise Belgium Tour, thanks to the bonificatieseconden in the Golden Miles and gave so o.a. Cavagna, Martin and Gilbert the check.
“The length of the legs is deliberately reduced,” adds Nick Van Den Bosch of organiser Golazo. “Shorter trips are a guarantee for a more attractive price. We also make sure as much as possible for a few local rounds at the start and finish to the supporters along the side more attractive.”
Baloise Belgium Tour 2018 – timetable:
•Tuesday 22/5: ploegenpresentatie in Buggenhout
•Wednesday 23/5: Buggenhout – Buggenhout (179 km)
•Thursday 24/5: Lochristi – Knokke-Heist (162 km)
•Friday 25/5: ind time trial : Bornem – Bornem (10.6 km)
•Saturday 26/5: Wanze – Wanze (151,5 km)
•Sunday 27/5: Countries – Tongeren (158 km)