24 January 2014
ASO Reschedules World Ports Classic for 2014
The two stages of the World Ports Classic will this year take place between Rotterdam, Antwerp and Rotterdam on 24th and 25th May, three months earlier than for the two previous editions.
While the third edition of the World Ports Classic will be following the route taken for its creation in 2012 ASO has rescheduled it for May, three months earlier than previous years.
The pack will muster in Rotterdam for a return journey that will last two days with Antwerp as the mid-way point. The riders will start their efforts with an eventful 191-km stage. The passage across Zeeland during the day will place the favourites for victory under the constant threat of splits in the pack.
After a night in the city of diamonds, the race will head north again along a 163-km route which includes two cobbled sections and makes a visit to the city of Breda for the first time, one hundred kilometers before reaching the finishing line in the port of Rotterdam.
Contested in the same geographical area as the previous editions, the 2014 World Ports Classic will take place in a different sporting context, because the change of date allows it to make a three month leap forward in the cycling season. Now organised over a weekend, the “windy race” is at the heart of a sequence of stage races in North Europe (the Four Days of Dunkirk, Tour of Picardy and the Tour of Belgium) which will witness the return to action of many of the elite in preparation for the summer’s major races. For riders eyeing up a stage win on Le Tour, this will be a good opportunity to test their mettle and eye up the competition.