BeNe Ladies tour route announced, Jolien D’hoore to race Dwars door Vlaanderen, An-Li Kachelhoffer on returning to Lotto Soudal Ladies

Sources: nieuwsblad.be, and againlottosoudal.be

The BeNe Ladies Tour will have an evening ITT as part of the 3 day race in July. The stages are:

Friday 15th July: Stage 1 – Philippine
Saturday 16th July: Stage 2a and 2b – Sint-Laureins
Sunday 17th July: Stage 3 – Zelzate

It is almost the same route as last year, which you can see on their website.

Jolien D’hoore (WiggleHigh5) will be starting at Dwars door Vlaanderen on the 23rd March. She will be supported by Giorgia Bronzini , Amy Roberts, Lucy Garner , Amy Pieters and Emma Johansson according to nieuwsblad.be. This year the race will be much more different than before, a similar course to the men but 100km in order to finish earlier. It will be a test run to becoming an international UCI race in 2017.

You can download the route map and profile from here.

An-Li Kachelhoffer (Lotto Soudal Ladies) has just become the South African road race champion, and is due to start her season proper at Durango-Durango (12th April) and Euskal Emakumeen Bira (a day later). On the team website Kachelhoffer said of rejoining LSL:

“In 2014 I met Liesbet De Vocht in her retirement race and had a nice chat with her. Last year I won a stage at Tour de l’Ardèche and Liesbet contacted me afterwards. I love Belgium and the fact that people are so open minded about cycling. I had a very good time with the team in 2012. I also like working with Dany Schoonbaert, as a sports director he gets the best out of me.” Full article and interview here.

Although it was several weeks ago, Channel Nine in Australia has only just shown their highlights show of the Santos Women’s Tour. You can see the video here.