Preview BinckBank Tour 2019


Monday 12 August the BinckBank Tour will start in Beveren. After being called ‘Eneco Tour’ for years, it’s now already the third edition under the name ‘Binckbank Tour’. The parcours is something for the all-rounders in the peloton. With a mix of sprints, hilly stages and a short time trial, the Tour of the Low Lands has it all. The seven-day WorldTour race finishes on Sunday 18 August on the Vesten in Geraardsbergen. Lotto Soudal rider Tim Wellens took the overall victory in 2014 and in 2015. Sports director Herman Frison looks ahead.

Herman Frison: “With Tim Wellens we have someone in our team who has already won the Binckbank Tour twice, so obviously he will be leading our team. The hardest part of this race is that you can’t win it in every stage, but you surely can lose it in every stage. Just one moment of not being focused can be enough to lose time and to forget about your overall standing ambitions.”

“Mostly the time differences between place one and ten aren’t that big, so a small gap in the pack or even a miniscule moment of inattention can be enough to not be in the running anymore to win the BinckBank Tour.”

“It’s going to be a hard week anyway. The loss of teammate Bjorg Lambrecht is still on our minds and it takes time to give it a place. It feels like there’s a dark shadow above us which is riding along with the team. Making the switch and turning that negativity into positivity is not simple at all for the guys, but we are going to do the best we can to help Tim getting a great result.”

“A young talent as Stan Dewulf will get his chance to take on the sprints. The short stage in the Ardennes on Thursday around Houffalize will already be decisive for the general classification. The time trial only counts 8.4 kilometres, so I don’t think time differences will be too big there. Sunday we will finish in Geraardsbergen, but you never know what might happen, even in the flat stages.”

“The weather conditions won’t be in our favour. Rain is predicted, possibly with some wind. All these factors will play a role. We are going to try to ride offensively as a team and protect Tim in the best possible way.”

Line-up Lotto Soudal: Stan Dewulf, Frederik Frison, Nikolas Maes, Rémy Mertz, Maxime Monfort, Brian van Goethem and Tim Wellens.

Sports director: Herman Frison


Stage 1 12 August: Beveren – Hulst, 167.2 km (flat)

Stage 2 13 August: Blankenberge – Ardooie, 169.1 km (flat)

Stage 3 14 August: Aalter – Aalter, 166.9 km (flat)

Stage 4 15 August: Houffalize – Houffalize, 96.2 km (hills)

Stage 5 16 August: Riemst – Venray, 191.4 km (flat)

Stage 6 17 August: Den Haag – Den Haag, 8.4 km (ITT)

Stage 7 18 August: Sint-Pieters-Leeuw – Geraardsbergen, 178.1 km (hills)