62nd Royal Smilde Olympia ‘s Tour starts on May 12

The opening day of the 62nd edition of the Dutch oldest bike race, Royal Smilde Olympia ‘s Tour is fast approaching. On May 12 in North Holland Hoofddorp the prologue will be held. After spanning several regions and over 850 miles the stage race will finish on May 17, also in Hoofddorp [five days later]. The final field and track can be found below.

Roadmaps of the 62nd Royal Smilde Olympia’s Tour:
May 12: Prologue | Hoofddorp (Ind. Trial ) 3.3 miles
May 13 : Stage 1 | Ulft – Gendringen 114.0 km
May 13 : Stage 2 | Gendringen ( TTT ) 14.7 km
May 14 : Stage 3 | Horn – Horn 170.9 km
May 15: Stage 4 | Zoetermeer – Rijswijk 152.4 km
May 16 : Stage 5 | Reuver – Reuver 208.6 km
May 17 : Stage 5 | Hoofddorp – Hoofddorp 186.4 km
The participating teams are:

  1. Rabobank Continental Team ( NED )
  2. National Team Australia ( AUS )
  3. Cycling Team De Rijke ( NED )
  4. Cycling Team Jo Piels ( NED )
  5. Metec – . TKH Continental Cycling Team ( NED )
  6. Koga Cycling Team ( NED )
  7. Dump Baby Cycling Team ( NED )
  8. ParkHotel CT Valkenburg ( NED )
  9. WV Young Rider ( NED )
  10. National Team USA (USA )
  11. National Team Azerbaijan ( AZE )
  12. Riwal Cycling Team ( DEN )
  13. 3M Team ( BEL )
  14. An Post – Chain Reaction ( IRL )
  15. KTM Team ( GBR )
  16. Jutland Sealand ( DEN )

The organisation of Royal Smilde Olympia’s Tour is proud that this year already the 62nd edition of the round takes place. “After the great winners of the past four years, Taylor Phinney, Jetse Globe and Dylan van Baarle, we are excited by the interest that this unique historic cycling event in the Netherlands is still getting,” said Foundation President Olympia’s – Tour Lex van Drooge. “This year the focus of the field is the young talent. Olympia ‘s Tour is for many a springboard to a professional career and professional young nature of the course remains a priority for the organization. Olympia ‘s Tour would continue to be. Now and in the future for youth.”

During Royal Smilde Olympia’s Tour you can follow the race via the website and on twitter @OlympiaTour . News, short updates and discussion will be posted after each stage.

The first edition of Olympia ‘s Tour took place in 1909, with the start and finish in Amsterdam, and it is the oldest stage race in the Netherlands. Since 1955 the race has been held every year, making it impossible to imagine the Dutch cycling calendar without it. The race is invaluable to enable flow from youth and national riders into international cycling.

Last year’s winner Dylan van Baarle of the Rabobank Continental Team, is now a pro in the U.S. World Tour team Garmin – Sharp. Of the last ten winners eight were professional cyclists: Dylan van Baarle, Jetse Globe, Taylor Phinney, Lars Boom, Tom Veelers, Stef Clement, Thomas Dekker and Joost Posthuma.

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