Sittard/Geleen was a regular host of the Eneco Tour and continues to do so in the BinckBank Tour. Last year, BMC took the TTT in the place in the south of the Netherlands, while Johan Le Bon outsprinted Dylan van Baarle two years ago after being in the break together. In 2014, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck soloed to victory in Sittard/Geleen.
The 5th stage of the BinckBank Tour takes in two loops to the south of the departure and arrival place. The first one amounts to 90 kilometres and runs partly on the route of the Amstel Gold Race. The riders are to crest Sibbergrubbe, Cauberg and Lange Raarberg – all climbs in the Dutch Spring Classic -, plus five more hills.
After the first passage on the line the race concludes with two 38.8 kilometres laps, both with five short and sharp climbs. In order of appearance, Bergstraße (700 metres at 4%), Schatsberg (800 metres at 5%), Weg langs Stammen (350 metres at 8%), Windraak (700 metres at 4.5%) and Watersley (400 metres at 4%). In the last round these hills are crested with 31.3 kilometres, 16.6 kilometres, 12.3 kilometres, 7.8 kilometres and 6.4 kilometres remaining. With around 1 kilometre left the riders face a cobbled sectorof 200 metres with a 10% slope.
The Golden Kilometre begins at kilometre 150.9, giving riders the opportunity take to three time bonuses of 3, 2 and 1 seconds each within 1 kilometre. The first three riders on the line win 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
BinckBank Tour 2017 stage 5: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Scheduled times 5th stage
Details start in Sittard/Geleen
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Details finish in Sittard/Geleen