The starting shot for international road cycling has sounded. The first races have been held and we are looking forward to the first race in the Netherlands. Currently there are still restrictions regarding events, but the organization of the ZLM Tour continues. Together with partners, stage places and volunteers, we look ahead to the first multi-day cycling race at the highest level in the Netherlands. The ZLM Tour takes place from 9 to 13 June and will start this year in the municipality of Kapelle.
Mayor Fons Naterop: “In 2020 the municipality celebrated its 50th anniversary. Due to the corona virus, we have not been able to celebrate this as we had in mind. “In addition, Alderman Jon Herselman responds:” With the arrival of the ZLM Tour, we want to celebrate our 50th anniversary in a sporty way in 2021. Cycling is alive in our municipality and that is why we will make every effort to achieve a sporting success with the organization of the ZLM Tour within the applicable corona measures. ”The center of Kapelle will be the backdrop for a real evening sprint stage on Wednesday 9 June, whereby the village center of Wemeldinge is also included in the course.
The sprint stage is a new addition to the ZLM Tour, which in the past always started with a prologue. “We want to be the ultimate preparation race for sprinters on the Tour de France, then you also have to make sure you have a program that reflects this,” said Niels Geven, project leader of the ZLM Tour at Libéma Profcycling. “With the sprint stage we will ride 8 times a local lap of more than 12 kilometers, with an intermediate sprint every 2 laps. In this way we provide an extra experience for both the riders and the public. “Naturally, all safety regulations applicable at that time are met so that the corona virus does not throw a spanner in the works for another year.
The renewed ZLM Tour was a great success in 2019. Mike Teunissen of Jumbo-Visma took the overall victory. A few weeks later, Teunissen won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Brussels and was allowed to wear the yellow jersey. Dylan Groenewegen and Lotto-Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan were also successful in the ZLM Tour and then booked stage victories in the Tour de France.