The Hague will be part of one of the biggest cycling races in the Netherlands and Belgium. The BinckBank Tour will visit the city on Saturday 17 August with an individual 9 km time-trial.
The Hague Sports councillor Richard de Mos is pleased to welcome the race to The Hague: "The Hague is a true sports city. We welcome the cyclists and fans with open arms. In our coalition agreement we stated that we wanted to bring the start of an individual cycling race to The Hague. As the only UCI World Tour stage race in the Netherlands, the BinckBank Tour fits that ambition perfectly. With the BinckBank Tour we are putting The Hague on the map on a national and international level. A lot of visitors will come to the city, which brings business to our restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses. That's good for the local economy. The BinckBank Tour is a first step to becoming a true cycling city again and a great chance to put the city in the spotlights."
Race director Rob Discart is also thrilled to visit the city: "For the BinckBank Tour it is an honour to be invited to the administrative heart of the Netherlands. The enthusiasm in the city of The Hague and sports councillor Richard de Mos in particular makes clear that they are ambitiously working towards this stage. As the penultimate stage of the seven-day BinckBank Tour the race will be a crucial battle for the general classification. The unique course in the city centre and the start and finish in Malieveld will also host a team time-trial where companies, cycling clubs and other sports organisations will get the chance to ride the stage themselves. This way we will take cycling even closer to the people of The Hague."