The race will be broadcast live on Eurosport, starting at 3pm CEST.
A characteristic feature of this race for the past few years has been the so-called ‘Golden Kilometer’. In barely thousand meters of distance, and always close to the finish, three consecutive sprinters will give 3, 2 and 1″ to the three first riders across the banners. The 10-6-4″ finish bonuses at the road stages remain just as usual.
The Movistar Team has two overall victories in its palmarès, under the race’s former name (Eneco Tour), thanks to sensational performances from Iván Gutiérrez in 2007 and 2008. The Abarca Sports organisation ahs also got two stage wins: one with Pablo Lastras in Landgraaf (’07) and another by Iván himself, at the Sittard prologue in 2008.