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Tour of Flanders sportive postponed due to coronavirus

Jack Elton-Walters
12 Mar 2020

Flanders Classics has postponed all its recreational cycling events until later dates; Belgian authorities stop all sports until 3rd April

The Tour of Flanders sportive will not take place as planned on Saturday 4th April in the wake of Flanders Classics postponing all its 'recreational cycling events up to 19th April'. As yet, there is no word on whether the men's and women's pro races, scheduled to take place the following day, will also be postponed.

Since the news from the race organiser was first announced, Belgium's authorities moved to scrap all sporting events across the board originally until 31st March - but this was subsequently extended to 3rd April. That date falls just before the Tour of Flanders men's and women's pro races but it would be highly optimistic to think that won't be extended yet further as Europe and the world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

This ban means that the Omloop van Vlaanderen, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Johan Museeuw Classic, Scheldeprijs Schoten and Peter van Petegem Classic sportives and pro races are all postponed or cancelled.

The directive originally had an expiry date of 31st March but that was changed, just hours later, to 3rd April - getting ever closer to the Tour of Flanders, increasing the chances of De Ronde's postponement.

The Ronde pro races draw huge crowds to the start and finish lines as well as to the key sections of the route throughout the day. As such, it's hard to see how the races could proceed as planned during the current coronavirus pandemic and the associated limits on travel and gatherings.

There was already a question mark over Paris-Roubaix and its preceding sportive as France has banned gatherings of over 1,000 people until 15th April, three days after the pro race. Cyclist has not been able to speak to the organiser of that sportive despite several attempts to do so.