ASO launches new two-day stage race, World Ports Classic

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Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) launched a new stage race, the World Ports Classic, on Wednesday in Rotterdam and Antwerp. The race is due to travel back and forth between the two port cities in two days, August 31 and September 1.

"The event encapsulates the stage race in its simplest expression," read a press release, "Its distinctive character lies in its almost permanent exposure to the winds that blow across the Rhine Delta."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.