I am doomed to spend afternoons in front of the TV. There was the Tour de France in July, the Deutschland Tour which ended a few days ago and now the Eneco Tour of Belgium and the Netherlands (Aug 22-29), followed by the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a (Sept 1-23). All these cycling events are broadcast by at least 2 TV stations with the Belgian TV 1 most consistent of all.
The Eneco Tour prologue in Hasselt is a time-trial with hairpin turns. Unfortunately, in the middle of the race it began to rain, making the roads very slippery. So the riders who were unlucky to start after the drops began to fall will not be able to perform as they would in dry weather.
The Tour will go through part of the hilly Ardennes tomorrow, then to Antwerp, Knokke, Terneuzen, and Limburg (Belgian and Dutch), ending in Sittard which is not far from Maastricht.
Among the riders are Michael Boogerd, Juan Antonio Flecha and Thomas Dekker from Rabobank, Bram Tankink (Quick Step), Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto), David Millar (Saunier Duval), Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole), Yaroslav Popovich (Discovery Channel).
Just in: Michiel Elijzen (Cofidis) won the Prologue. He revealed that he will be going back to the Rabobank team after the season. Cycling commentators are saying it’s terrible to have the best Dutch cyclists all in one team.
Eneco Tour home page (Dutch version – there’s a French version too)