Post Danmark Rundt presented

Smiles all round at the presentation

Smiles all round at the presentation (Image credit: Kristina Møller)

The route for this year's Post Danmark Rundt was presented Tuesday at a press conference held in the Frederiksberg Castle in Copenhagen. Home team Saxo Bank goes into the '09 edition as the squad to beat, with last year's winner Jakob Fuglsang now riding for the Danish outfit, plus former victor Kurt-Asle Arvesen likely to be on the roster if he foregoes Tour de France duties.

The race retains its late-July time slot, with the event held between July 29 and August 2. Starting out in Hirtshals, the parcours will take the riders on an 830km journey to Frederiksberg Allé in Copenhagen. The biggest change for this year's race is the finish on stage one at the top of Rebild Bakker, a very demanding finale in some of Denmark's most beautiful surrounds.

A total of 16 teams will contest the race, including the aforementioned Team Saxo Bank, plus Team Columbia-Highroad, Silence-Lotto, Cervélo Test Team, Topsport Vlaanderen, Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, Skil Shimano, Team Capinordic, Team Designa Køkken and Team Post Danmark.

The stages:

Stage 1 - July 29: Hirtshals - Rebild, 175km
Stage 2 - July 30: Aars - Århus, 190km
Stage 3 - July 31: Århus - Vejle, 185km
Stage 4 - August 1: Korsør - Køge, 115km
Stage 5 - August 1: Roskilde - Roskilde (ITT), 15.5km
Stage 6 - August 2: Ringsted - Frederiksberg, 150km

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