Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen has revealed an outline of the next Eneco Tour of Benelux, which will be carried out from August 16-23, 2006. Starting out in the Netherlands, the race is reported to visit Balen, hometown of Belgian World Champion Tom Boonen, on the penultimate day. The finish of stage five in the Belgian Ardennes region has not been decided yet, but it will be a decisive stretch on spring classics terrain.
Following complaints about too narrow roads during the first edition of the race, the organisers are looking for wider roads especially for the parcours of the stage finishes. The official route will be announced in the beginning of January, 2006.
The provisional route lists as follows:
Prologue - August 16: ITT Den Helder (Ned)
Stage 1 - August 17: Den Helder - province Drenthe (Ned)
Stage 2 - August 18: Province Drenthe - Sittard (Ned)
Stage 3 - August 19: Sittard (Ned) - Westmalle (Bel)
Stage 4 - August 20: TT Landgraaf (Ned)
Stage 5 - August 21: Landgraaf (Ned) - province Liège (Bel)
Stage 6 - August 22: Hasselt - Balen (Bel)
Stage 7 - August 23: Bornem - Sint-Truiden (Bel)