Stage 5: Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve - Geraardsbergen 185 km
Time for the Flanders stage, now a dress rehearsal for the actual Tour of Flanders . GC is tight and could come down to a Battle of the Danish Dynamite between Pedersen and Kragh.
Best of the Vest(en): Mads Pedersen
Looking unbeatable right now.
Stage 4: Riemst 8.1 km TT
A shorter timetrial than intended but still a stage which is impressive from the organization given the short notice. And it starts off with a little mini-hairpin climb (600m at 6%) perfectly named Slingerberg, so who can complain?
Slingerkoning of the Day: Søren Kragh Andersen
With everyones eyes on Mads & Mathieu, Danish Dynamite II strikes.
Stage 3: Aalter - Aalter 157 km
After the cancellation of stage 2 we now have an aaltered stage 3 that stays out of the NL .
Aalternative winner of the Day: Pascal Ackermann
Ok, so now hes warmed up.
Stage 1: Blankenberge - Ardooie 132.1 km
The BinckEnecoBank Tour usually gives us a lovely taste of spring classics in the late summer. Now it overlaps with the springautumn classics instead. Weird times. Sprints, a TT , an Amstel-stage and a Flanders-stage is the course this time.
Ardooijes mooiste of the Day: Tim Merlier
Given the Giro overlap this race has a few good sprinters but not a huge amount of depth. We have the sprinters with a bit of classics ambitions here. Ackermann looks like top dog on paper but he tends to need a bit of a warmup is my impression. So, Merlier.