The first edition of the Tacx Pro Classic will be held on Saturday in a unique region: Zeeland. The race was formerly known as the «Ronde van Midden-Zeeland», «Delta Tour Zeeland» or the «Zeeland Seaports Classic» and was not organized last year. The Tacx Pro Classic has been raced in a one-day race format since 2011 and this year’s edition will take place between Middelburg and Neeltje Jans. The latter is a typical landmark of Zeeland: Neeltje Jans is a small artificial peninsula connected by two dams to the main land. This location hosted the finish of the second stage of the Tour of France in 2015 and should bring back some good memories as back then André Greipel crossed the line in first place and took the green jersey.  The riders will start in Middelburg in North Beveland and they will then head South through South Beveland. After the feedzone, the peloton will cross the Oosterschelde on the famous Zeelandbrug. There will be another sixty kilometers on Schouwen-Duiveland before crossing the finish line on Neeltje Jans for the first time. The race will finish with two local laps, which include several passages on the Oosterscheldekering. The course is in total 200 kilometers long and is almost entirely flat, but the wind will be the most decisive factor. On these wide open roads, echelons can have a huge, unpredictable influence on the race. For this first edition, the Tacx Pro Classic can count on three WorldTour and a number of Pro Continental teams, such as BMC, Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. It will be Lotto Soudal’s last race on European soil in 2017, so there is no doubt that the team will want to finish on a high note.

Line-up Lotto Soudal: Kris Boekmans, Sean De Bie, Moreno Hofland, Rémy Mertz, Emiel Planckaert, Tosh Van der Sande, Mathias Van Gompel and Enzo Wouters.

Sports director: Herman Frison