Bringing together Luxembourgish and international cyclists, the 68th Flèche du Sud is going to take place between 24 May and 28 May 2017. The Flèche du Sud, which has been taking place since 1949, is without doubt one of the country's most important races and has served as a jump-off point to an international career for many a professional cyclist. Organised by the Vélo Union Esch, the race is part of the official UCI Europe Tour calendar.
24 teams from all over the world will contest the white jersey of the winner, among them the national teams of Germany, Russia, Canada, Switzerland and the United States. 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 Skoda Losch and UC Dippach.
This stage race, one of the best known in Luxembourg, leads over 655 km over all.
The cyclists are going to complete 5 stages:
- 24 May: Opening stage Rédange/Attert - Rédange/Attert (79.6 km)
- 25 May: Rumelange - Rumelange (150.4 km)
- 26 May: Bourscheid - Bourscheid (128.8 km)
- 27 May: Mondorf - Roeser (151.7 km)
- 28 May: Esch/Alzette - Esch/Alzette (143.9 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.
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. This year, Bob Jungels does not participate in the Flèche du Sud; he is currently going strong at the Giro d'Italia, where he managed to wear the pink jersey for several stages.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)