10 nations ready for the Tour de Himmelfart27. May 2019
In a few days, the Tour de Himmelfart 2019 will start. Again this year, there is great support for the race with as many as 740 riders, who will compete in 12 different classes, on the road around Odder. Riders from Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia will compete for prizes and jerseys when the 1st stage kicks off on Thursday.
The biggest field of the year will be the U19 class where 155 riders have announced their arrival, and who will compete for the three jerseys, as well as the team competition this year. So the Danish riders have to look other ways when they have to keep an eye on the foreign riders, where again this year there will be tough competition for the overall victory.
Several Danish riders can run away with the overall victory, and bids for these could be the Danish champion Frederik Wandahl, who traditionally does well at the Tour de Himmelfart, and usually guarantees stage victories. Other bids could be Willian Blume Levy who this year has won the junior edition of Flandern Rundt, while Tobias Lund Andresen, Andreas Byskov Sarbo and Frederik Erringsø all have international victories on their CV. Also a Robin Juel Skivild one should keep an eye on in this class.
If we look abroad, Norwegian Sakarias Koller Løland could be a good bid, for a good overall top position. Løland has had a great spring with several top 10 rankings, including the junior editions of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and Gent-Wevelgem.
In the U19 girls, there will be a large international field of 81 riders who will fight for the victory. Riders from 8 different nations will try to run with victories in this class, which is probably one of the most open classes at this year’s Tour de Himmelfart, and where cycling races in a high international class are expected.
3 double national champions are to start, as Danish Mie Saabye, Swedish Julia Borgstrøm and Norwegian Silje Mathiesen are all three champions in both single start and line race.
Several larger teams from both Denmark, Belgium and not least the Netherlands will start, where one of the favorites is the Dutch great talent Maud Reijnbeek, who has won the race twice before.
Come and join us when the Tour de Himmelfart takes place from 30. 31. May and 1. June.
We look forward to a fantastic cycling party in Odder!