The six-day Boels Rental Ladies Tour, previously Holland Ladies Tour, gets underway next Tuesday for six fast, predominantly flat stages in the Netherlands, with a sting in the tail at the end of the week.
The opening stage takes the riders 103.1km on a circuit that starts and finishes in Tiel, after covering two loops of a large circuit. The preceding stage will be a team effort over 26.4km, with this time trial, longer than the previous individual efforts over the last few seasons, potentially shaping the GC for the days to come.
The race comes to a close with the toughest stage, a rolling 119.4km route from Bunde to Valkenburg, a stage that last season saw the GC decided on the final day.
“The race covers six stages with two hilly days, three opportunities for a sprint and a team time trial,” coach Dirk Reuling explained when looking towards the race. “The goal for us is firstly to go for a stage result with Leah and after the TTT we will decide whether the GC is still a realistic goal to go for.
“The TTT is only on the second day so we will know pretty early what our strategy will be focused on. The third stage has a start and finish right in front of the team house in Sittard, so that will be quite special.”