The last stage race on the calendar is always a highlight for Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team as it’s our title sponsor’s most important event in women’s cycling and we get to race in our home area.
We take to the start with 2016 Ladies Tour winner Chantal Blaak, 2017 runner-up Anna van der Breggen and 2016 stage winner Amalie Dideriksen, plus Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus, Amy Pieters and Megan Guarnier.
"The great thing about the Boels Ladies Tour is that we will be racing in the Netherlands for a whole week, with a variety of stages," said Olympic champion Van der Breggen.
"I have just returned from altitude training, so I'm happy if I have properly adjusted to racing again during the Ladies Tour," added Van der Breggen. "And if we can book some great results with the team of course."
The orange leader's jersey, sponsored by Boels Rental, is of course the main goal for this week. However, with Dolmans Landscaping Group as the sponsor of the green mountain jersey, Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team will be motivated to take hold of that jersey too.
The 2018 edition of the Boels Ladies Tour starts with a stage 1 prologue. A 3.3-kilometre time trial in the city centre of Arnhem will decide who gets to wear the first orange leader’s jersey.
Three road races follow in stages two to four. On Wednesday, the peloton travels to Nijmegen for seven laps, while the Thursday stage consists of three laps with start and finish in Gennep. Stage four starts in Stramproy and takes a 100 kilometer detour to finish in Weert, where there are three local laps before the finish lies at 124,3 kilometers.
Stage five is similar to last year’s final stage won by Janneke Ensing, with the finish located in the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park. It’s definitely the Queen stage at 159,7 kilometer in length and several altitude meters to overcome.
The organisers have kept the individual time trial for this year’s last stage on Sunday 2 September. With a length of 18,6 kilometers, there are still plenty of opportunities for the GC to be overthrown in this final stage if the time differences are narrow.
How to follow
We’re sending our massive thanks to Omroep Gelderland and L1, who together with the organisers have arranged two hours of live coverage every day. Watch the stages unfold daily between 2.30 and 4.30pm CET; details on boelsladiestour.nl.
For those of you who have to follow the race via social media, the official race account on Twitter @ladiestour is really good with information. Additionally, follow #BLT2018 and #UCIWWT for all the information by other Twitter sources too.
Boels-Dolmans for the Boels Ladies Tour:
Anna van der Breggen