August 22, 2013 (Angreau, Belgium) – Team TIBCO is in Belgium this week as they prepare for the Lotto-Belisol Tour. Nearly 200 of the world’s best riders are slated to start the UCI 2.2-category race. The Tour offers up four stages from Friday Aug. 23 to Monday Aug. 26. Team TIBCO sends a 6-rider squad including Shelley Olds, Claudia Haeusler, Chantal Blaak, Jasmin Glaesser, Melanie Spath and Lauren Stephens.
Racing opens Friday with a 19.75-kilometer Team Time Trial from Warquignies to Angreau. The rather technical course features cobbled sections, a few climbs and several turns. The remaining three stages are circuit races where fans will have a chance to watch the riders complete several laps.
Stage 2 takes riders through 9 laps totalling 110 kilometers in the town of Angreau. Sunday’s Stage 3 Omloop Nijlen is pan flat for a total of 115 kilometers. The Tour concludes on Monday with the Stage 4 Omloop Geraardsbergen, totalling 87 kilometers. The 29-kilometer circuit is very hilly and includes two ascents up the notorious Kapelmuur climb – a cobbled berg with a gradient up to 20 percent.
Team TIBCO Lotto-Belisol Tour Roster:
– Chantal Blaak (NED)
– Jasmin Glaesser (CAN)
– Claudia Haeusler (GER)
– Shelley Olds (USA)
– Melanie Spath (IRL)
– Lauren Stephens (USA)
Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour 2013
Belgium, 4-stage Road Race, 332.5km
Stage 1: Friday 23rd of August: Warquignies – Angreau (19,75 km) (TTT)
Stage 2: Saturday 24th of August: Omloop Angreau (110,16 km)
Stage 3: Sunday 25th of August: Omloop Nijlen (115,12 km)
Stage 4: Monday 26th of August: Omloop Geraardsbergen (87,47 km)
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