The Baloise Ladies Tour race organisation has announced its race schedule and start/finish host towns for the 2023 race. It’s due to take place between July 12-16th 2023, with 5 stages and a prologue taking place over 5 days. The race will cover the Zeeland, and both East and West Flanders. The race returns to Vlissingen for the prologue, a repeat of the 2017 edition which saw Annette Edmondson taking the victory.
The 2nd day but Stage 1 will be centred on Zwevegem which hosts the start and finish. The West Flanders region is committed to hosting for the next 3 years.
Zulte is the start/finish of Stage 2, the third time the town will be involved in the Baloise Ladies Tour. The stage should include some of the Flemish Ardennes for a lumpier stage. The penultimate day sees 2 stages in a split day. The opening stage of the day will see riders go along the coast from Breskens to Knokke-Heist. Then in the evening, there will be a time trial in the Belgian seaside town, used for the 2021 World Championships time trial that Ellen van Dijk won.
The final stage will be in Deinze with the start and finish on the Markt in the middle of town. The winner of the 2022 edition was Ellen van Dijk thanks to the time trial but Lorena Wiebes won 4 of the 6 stages of the race for Team DSM.
Baloise Ladies Tour 2023 Schedule
12/07 – Prologue: Flushing – Flushing
13/07 – Stage 1: Zwevegem – Zwevegem
14/07 – Stage 2: Zulte – Zulte
15/07 – Stage 3: Breskens – Knokke Heist
15/07 – Stage 4: Knokke Heist – Knokke Heist (time trial)
16/07 – Stage 5: Deinze – Deinze