Race Preview: Boels Ladies Tour
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank is now racing the Boels Ladies Tour, the third to last event on the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar. The six-day race starts Tuesday, September 3, through Sunday, September 8. After just completing the Grand Prix de Plouay, the team is now ready for the flat and oftentimes windy terrain of the Netherlands. The last time the team raced the Boels Ladies Tour was in 2014.
The Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank roster for the Boels Ladies Tour is: Alison Jackson (CAN), Emily Newsom (USA), Lauren Stephens (USA) and guest riders Rebecca Durrell (GBR) and Anna Henderson (GBR).
This year’s race is different than previous editions. Rather than featuring a longer time trial, this year’s race offers a shorter, 3.8-kilometer prologue with technical corners and turns that create opportunities for powerful, explosive riders.
The first stage of the race (from Stramproy to Weert) is flat, favoring a sprint finish, but winds along the course have the potential to break up the peloton. Stage 2 includes four laps of a flat, 29.1km circuit around Gennep and is also expected to end in a sprint finish.
The hardest and longest stage of the event comes on Stage 3, where riders will face five laps of a hilly circuit, totaling 156.8km. Each lap includes a climb up the Motieweg, a 760-meter ascent at a 5% grade.
Covering 135.6km from Arnhem to Nijmegen, Stage 4 features more climbing. The first 50km have only a few rolling hills, including the Hoge Veluwe as well as the Grebbeberg. The most challenging climb of the day is the Oude Holleweg, at 860 metres and an average gradient of 8.6%. With the Oude Holleweg only 11km from the finish and sprint and mountain points on the line at the top, this could be the launch point for the winning move of the race.
The final stage, at 154.8km, brings the peloton from Nijmegen back to Arnhem. The stage is mostly flat until the finishing circuits, where riders will face three laps of a 9km circuit, with each lap including a 4% climb up the Apeldoornseweg.
Follow the 2019 Boels Ladies Tour:
Tuesday, September 3
Prologue - Sittard — Geleen (3.8km)
Wednesday, September 4
Stage 1 - Stramproy — Weert (123.0km)
Thursday, September 5
Stage 2 - Gennep – Gennep (113.7km)
Friday, September 6
Stage 3 - Nijverdal – Nijverdal (156.8km)
Saturday, September 7
Stage 4 - Arnhem – Nijmegen (135.6km)
Sunday, September 8
Stage 5 - Nijmegen – Arnhem (154.8km)
Live video broadcast is available on regional broadcasters, including L1, Omroep Gelderland, RTV Oost and Podium TV, and Eurosport 1. Learn More.