Bringing together Luxembourgish and international cyclists, the 67th Flèche du Sud is going to take place between 4 May and 8 May 2016. This cyclist event is essential for all fans of cycling; a prestigious stage race, the most well-known internationally. As a consequence, a number of renowned cyclists will take part.
This stage race, one of the best known in Luxembourg, leads over 677km over all.
The cyclists are going to complete 5 stages:
- 4 May: Opening stage Kayl - Kayl (76.8 km)
- 5 May: Roeser - Rumelange (154.6 km)
- 6 May: Rédange/Attert - Warken (152.1 km)
- 7 May: Rosport - Echternach (157.3 km)
- 8 May: Schifflange - Esch/Alzette (136.5 km)
The route of the Flèche du Sud is always demanding, with many small roads and steep climbs, but also tarmac stretches on which the peloton picks up speed.
26 teams from all over the world try to win the white jersey, i.e. teams from Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada and Sweden. Germeny, Sweden and Canada are goingt o be represented by their national teams. In all, 5 Luxembourgish teams are up for the challenge: the continental teams Differdange-Losch and Leopard Pro Cycling, as well as regional teams VV Tooltime Préizerdaul, LC Tetange and LC Kayl.
In 2012, the young Luxembourgish cyclist Bob Jungels won the Flèche du Sud and joined other great and famous Luxembourgish cyclists to have prevailed, such as Charly Gaul, Johny Schleck, Edy Schutz, Erny Kirchen, Kim Kirchen and Andy Schleck. Last year, Belgian Gaëtan Bille won the race.
The Flèche du Sud is without doubt one of the country's most important races and has served as starting point for many international careers. Organised by the Vélo Union Esch, the race is part of the official UCI Europe Tour calendar.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)