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by Mark Zalewski
December 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.
The Four days of Dunkirk will change its name to the Tour des Hauts-de-France as it expands to six days of racing in 2017.
Race organisers unveiled the parcours for next year’s edition and said that the expansion is due in part to the absence of the Tour de Picardie.
The 63rd edition of the race will visit the Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Oise, Aisne and the Somme departments. The race begins on May 9 with Dunkirk hosting the overall start and a 197km stage to Iwuy.
Stage 2 will start and finish in Saint-Quentin, covering 171km. Stage 3 rides 152km from Beauvais to Amiensand stage 4 167km from Marck-en-Calais to Le Portel.
Boeschepe will host the start of stage 5, a 184km stage to Cassel. The race’s overall finish will return to Dunkirk with a 195km stage from Coudekerque-Branche.