On Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, may 25, 2014 will be held the third edition of the Classic World Ports. This professional bike race is part of the UCI Europe Tour. The peloton rides in this course from Rotterdam to Antwerp and back to Rotterdam. The bikers are on the start list for the 2014 World Ports Classic? What are the Favorites for the overall victory in this race between the two major port cities in the lowlands? Which TV channels broadcasting World Port Classic live from?
World Ports Classic arose after the highly successful introduction of the 2010 Tour de France in Rotterdam. Both the prologue of the Tour as the start of the first stage then takes place during the massive public interest. As a result of this success, the Rotterdam municipality and the Organization of the Tour de France to convene a new cycling events in life. They decided to do this together with the other world port in Benelux, Antwerp. Hence the name of the course was Worldport Classic.
The first two editions of the competition took place at the end of the summer, but from 2014 onwards, the competition in May. Rotterdam and Antwerp alternate each year as a starting point; a year with the start of the match in Rotterdam, the following year in Antwerp, and so on.
The first edition of World Ports Classic was held on 31 August and 1 september 2012. The first stage went from Rotterdam to Antwerp and was won by Belgium’s Tom Boonen. The second stage started in Antwerpen and ended in Rotterdam and was won by Dutchman Theo Bos. Boonen won the final standings, the German André Greipel and Northern Alexander Kristoff.
The second edition of this race took place on 30 and 31 August 2013. The first ride took off in Antwerpen and ended in Rotterdam. Fleming Jelle Wallays won the opening scene by arriving solo in Rotterdam. The second phase began in Rotterdam and finished in Antwerp. This time Maarten Tjallingii won the victory stage by three seconds ahead of Belgian Frederique Robert to exit. The Belgian Nikolas Maes was third in the stage and took home the victory in the final standings. The Australian Jonathan Cantwell was second in the standings and Dutchman Reinier Honig won third place in the final standings.
Schedule rides, trail
In 2014, at the beginning of the first stage of World Ports Classic on Saturday, May 24 at 11:25 in Rotterdam. The opening step is 195 kilometres long and goes via Neeltje Jans, Middelburg, Goes and Woensdrecht to Antwerp. The finish is as expected around 16:00.
The second leg will be held on Sunday, may 25, and is 159 km long. The start time is 11:55 in Antwerp.The trail goes through Baarle-Hertog, Broad and Barendrecht, Rotterdam, where the finish around 16:00.
Here is a list of all teams participating in bicycle races between the two major ports in the low countries.
- De Rijke
- LAM Cycling
- Metec TKH
- MTN Qhubeka
- Neri Sottolli YF
- Omega Pharma-Quickstep
- Topsport Vlaanderen
- Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Participants: list of numbers starting
The following is a provisional list of participants.
A prominent name on the preliminary entry list for 2014 World Ports Classic is the German sprinter André Greipel. He must surely be counted among the top contenders for the overall victory. Other contenders include Maes, forest and Sinkeldam.
Live on TV
2014 World Ports Classic will be broadcast live by both the Flemish public broadcasting as Eurosport. Here you will find information about cycling live on TV in 2014.