On Wednesday 14 August Aalter will provide the backdrop of the third stage of the BinckBank Tour. The town in East-Flanders will host both the start and finish of the stage and play a big role in the only UCI WorldTour stage race in Belgium.
Aalter is not a new home for the BinckBank Tour. The town hosted four starts (2009, 2011, 2016, 2018) and one finish in 2012 with Italian Giacomo Nizzolo as the winner. This time the locals will get the full experience with both the start and the finish of the third stage. Thanks to a system of local laps cycling fans will get to see the peloton four times and truly experience the cycling atmosphere.
"Wednesday 14 August will be a great day of cycling for the sportive town of Aalter," says deputy mayor Patrick Hoste. "We have had many big sporting events, but the sport of cycling is still the favourite among our population. As such Aalter, with a population of 28,915, has happy to agree to the request of Golazo sports to host the start and finish. The many cycling aces organised yearly on our soil prove that Aalter is a true cycling town. The professional peloton can count on massive support from the public in Aalter on 14 August."
A STAGE FOR TRUE FLANDRIENS
The stage in and around Aalter will contain many elements which will suit the true Flandriens in the BinckBank Tour peloton. The local laps will feature three cobbled sections, which combined with narrow roads should provide a true Flemish bike race which perfectly fits the BinckBank Tour profile. But that's not the only reason it will be a stage for Flandriens. "True Flandrien Briek Schotte was born 100 years ago in the town of Kanegem," says race director Rob Discart. "That's why we felt it was fitting to pass by his statue on the Aalter stage."