29th August – 3rd September 2017
It’s the final stage race of the 2017 Women’s World Tour, and the final big Dutch race of the season – the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. Expect killer tactics, with attacking every day, and a surprisingly hilly race for such a flat country. It’s in the south and central area of the Netherlands.
It starts with a 4.3km Prologue, then Stage 2 starts flat, with hills at the end; Stage 3 is an 18km ITTwith some technical parts to the course; Stage 4 looks great for breakaways, mostly flat but with some small inclines; Stage 5 starts in a valley and finishes with Classics-style loops; and the final stage is really tough, 159km up and down all day.
We can’t see this one live, but there’ll be twitter updates and daily video highlights from the race youtube and from the UCI. I’ll be there tweeting from the race account, and we can follow on the #BLT2017 hashtag.
Tuesday’s Prologue and the Thursday’s ITT will both have live-timing, on Cyclingonline.info.
The Netherlands is in European CEST: 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of USA EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST. So when the Prologue on Tuesday 29th starts at 14:30 CEST, that’s 1:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT and 10:30pm AEST.
Lots of information about the route, and videos of previous years on the race website, and provisional startlist here – and here are the highlights from last year, when Chantal Blaak won her first ever stage race. Tons more videos on the YouTube!