A strong field has also been announced for this year's Eneco Tour of Benelux, formerly known as the Tour of the Netherlands. Starting next Wednesday, August 3, and running until Wednesday 10, the race will feature sprint rivals Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) and Erik Zabel (T-Mobile), both aiming to get back into winning form after missing the Tour de France. Paris-Nice winner Bobby Julich (Team CSC) will try to get to the top of the podium, as will the Dutch Rabobank trio of Thomas Dekker, Michael Boogerd and last year's champion, Erik Dekker.
Italians Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Gianluca Bortolami (Lampre-Caffita) will make the trip aiming for success, as will the Belgian strongmen Tom Steels and Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon.Lotto). Their troubled compatriot Frank Vandenbroucke (MrBookmaker.com) is also due to start, trying once again to get back to something approaching his former form.
The ProTour race begins with a 5.7 km time trial in Mechelen.