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Ster Elektrotoer plans warm-up for ProTour team TT

Ster Elektrotoer organizer Stichting Wielerbelang Schijndel has announced the route of this year's edition which runs June 15-18. With the ProTour dominating this year's racing, organizers intend the Ster Elektrotoer to provide a warm-up for the ProTour team time trial in the Netherlands on June 19. This year's race therefore features shorter stages, but preserves the race's identity.

The 2005 Ster Elektrotoer will start in Schijndel with a short stage to Nuth, followed by an 11km individual time trial that evening. The following two days take the race though south Limburg and the Belgian Ardennes and should provide the crux of the competition, before the race rolls into Eindhoven on its final day.

Six ProTeams have already signed up for the 2005 Ster Elektrotoer, including top Dutch outfit Rabobank.

The stages

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