On Tuesday evening, a number of mayors in the Netherlands decided to no longer allow sports matches on their territory, which meant that three stages of the BinckBank Tour were canceled. For example, today there is a rest day instead of a time trial in Vlissingen.
Thursday’s stage – Philippine-Aalter – also had to be redesigned, as the start was no longer allowed in the district of Terneuzen. Organizer Golazo already came up with a solution this morning: Aalter will be responsible for both the start and finish. “Logistics was a relatively easy solution because all permits were already in order,” says Gert Van Goolen on behalf of Golazo. “We start at the roundabout near the cemetery of Aalter and then drive 7 laps on the local course instead of the 3 laps that were initially planned. That gives a stage of 145 kilometers. The finish remains on the Europalaan. ”
Start and finish zone are public-free in any case. The organization calls for the match to be followed on TV as much as possible. “We want it to be as safe as possible,” says Van Goolen. “We do everything we can to organize the best possible match. I would like to thank the municipality of Aalter in advance. They have responded very enthusiastically and favorably to our question. We need that happiness now. ”
Friday time trial in Riemst
Later today, a solution was also found for Friday’s ride. Normally, it should have led from Riemst to Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands. The stage will now be replaced by an individual time trial of 8.14 kilometers that starts in Riemst and finishes in a district of Riemst: Kanne. The time trial immediately starts with a climb (the Slingerberg) of 600 meters at six percent. Once at the top it goes up and down slightly – possibly in the wind – towards the bridge of Vroenhoven. Via the Muizenberg it goes downhill to the finish on the Statieplein in Kanne. This new time trial course may provide some extra pepper for the riders with classification ambitions.
“We are very happy to be able to help the BinckBank Tour with this,” said Mark Vos, mayor of Riemst. “We have been working well together for nine years, so that extra effort must be possible. Logistically it is a feat, but it only makes it more beautiful if it succeeds. Everyone wins. With this time trial, which runs entirely across our territory, we can present our municipality even more beautifully and better than was the case with the original start. Every cycling enthusiast will discover Kanne, one of the most beautiful villages in our country, just like our Slingerberg. ”
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