Wednesday, May 4, 2011

More info on the Ster der Vlaamse Ardennen

The Ster der Vlaamse Ardennen is a stage race, Interclub for Juniores, cat 2.14.IC Nat. It takes place June 11-13, 2011 in the communities of Michelbeke, Erwetegem and Opbrakel. All three are on the course of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and relatively close to the city of Oudenaarde.

There are three road races and a team time trial.

The first stage takes place in Michelbeke on June 11. It is a 105 km road race, consisting of 10 loops of 10.5 km each. There is a team presentation at 1:30 PM and the stage starts at 2:30 PM. There is one short but steep climb where KOM points are awarded. The profile looks like this:

The second stage consists of a morning team time trial and an afternoon road race. The TTT goes off at 10 AM in Erwetegem, and it is followed by a road race at 3PM that starts at the same location. The TTT is 10K and the road race is 93.6K (8 loops of 11.7 Km). The road race has KOM points.

Team time trial

Afternoon road race

The last stage is in Opbrakel on June 13 at 2:30PM. It consists of 4 short loops of 10Km (kleine rondes), and five longer loops (grote rondes) of 15Km, for a total of 115Km.

Short loop

Long loop

The ster has five classifications and jerseys: individual (yellow), points (green), KOM (polka dot), youth (white) and team. The time limit is 15% and the 3 Km rule is in effect.

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