The highly anticipated BinckBank Tour gets underway with some of the World Tour’s biggest stars all set to feature on the start line.
The 14th edition of the race, over seven stages, is perfectly set up for a strong sprinting field as well as those who love one-day classic style racing.
Stages one, three, four and five will all be eyed up by the sprinters while for our team the likes of Tom-Jelte Slagter will be targeting a good performance in an area he knows well, and in his first race since completing the Tour de France.
Also included is Nic Dlamini, who is returning after some time on the sidelines, sprinter Ryan Gibbons, Belgian Julien Vermote, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, and Nic Dougall as well as Scott Thwaites.
Nic Dlamini – Rider
I’m really excited to be back racing as I feel much better than before as obviously I’ve been struggling for the last four months with illness.
In training I’ve been doing really well and so I’ve got personal goals of trying to get a result while the team doing the BinckBank is really strong. For the flat stages we’ve got Ryan who is really fast and going well at the moment and for the hillier stages in Belgium, where we know there are a lot of small kickers, those suit me better as well as Tom-Jelte Slagter so I think we can try and see if we can get some results there.
I believe that we can pull off a really good result this week as it looks like the curse of our season is slightly turning around, it’ll be nice to finish this season on a high, like I started the season.
Regardless of what happened the last four months I’d really like to finish the season on a high with a couple of good results so I’m really looking forward to the BinckBank – I just want to race now!
Reinardt janse van Rensburg
The Binck Bank Tour is shared between the Netherlands and Belgium. It is a true reflection of the two countries close international relationship. In fact, the two nations are so close that the city of Baarle-Hertog forms a Belgian exclave in the Netherlands, with Dutch exclaves inside it. Expect some proper classics terrain wrapped in a tour format – bring on the puncheurs.