Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen and Vlaamse Pijl cancelled

The organisers of the Record Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen decided on Saturday to cancel the race...

The organisers of the Record Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen decided on Saturday to cancel the race completely. Continued snowfall on Friday night and Saturday morning made it an impossibility to race under safe conditions. A plan to race laps of a circuit was also scrapped.

"On Saturday morning we got another fall of snow to work with," said organiser Eric Mortelé at a press conference on Saturday. "Together with the UCI, we decided to cancel everything. We took the decision painfully, but could not put the safety of the riders and caravan in danger. Naturally this is a financial loss. But there is a positive note: we will come out of this stronger and will hold a great race in 2006."

Following the trend of races in Belgium this week, the 1.2 classed Vlaamse Pijl was cancelled, along with the junior support race. The organisers took the vote on Friday evening for the safety of the riders.

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