The municipality of Riemst offers a solution for canceled time trial in BinckBank Tour | BinckBank Tour


On Friday, there will be no stage in line, but a time trial of 8.14 kilometers, including the climb of the Slingerberg.

Earlier today, the organization already decided to appoint Aalter as the starting place of the second stage, in addition to the finish, on Thursday. The municipality replaces the Dutch mussel village Philippine.

After the planned time trial in Vlissingen on Tuesday evening was canceled, the organization quickly started looking for an alternative. That was found at the place where the Friday ride would start anyway, Riemst, in the south of Belgian Limburg.

In Dutch Limburg, the BinckBank Tour was no longer welcome due to stricter corona measures, so a solution had to be found for the Friday ride (which would finish in Sittard-Geleen).

The start of the time trial is under the beautiful bridge in Kanne from where it immediately goes up the Slingerberg: a climb of 600 meters at an average of 6%, which owes its name to the nine bends.

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. Logistics is a feat, but it only makes things more beautiful if we succeed. Everyone wins.”

“With this time trial, which runs completely 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 ours. Slingerberg. ”

“Just like in Aalter, where we can continue the BinckBank Tour on Thursday with a redesigned ride, we are also very grateful to the municipality of Riemst for making this solution possible”, responded Gert Van Goolen, spokesman for the organization.

“It promises to be a great time trial in Limburg. With the help of both Aalter and Riemst, we managed to continue the BinckBank Tour in a good half day. From tomorrow afternoon, the riders will be able to do it again for three days and get just as many different rides served. ”

The competition jury also announced that all classifications will be retained after the first stage Blankenberge-Ardooie. Due to the cancellation of stage 2, no UCI points will be awarded for this stage.

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