Times are difficult for the organisers of the races in winter-struck Europe. The Memorial Samyn in Belgium had to be cancelled earlier this week, and now the bad weather conditions are endangering the start of the Three Days of West-Vlaanderen, which is scheduled for March 4-6.
"Salt has been put on most of the roads by most council services and last Tuesday we scouted the complete parcours, the roads were free of snow," said a hopeful race director Eric Mortelé. "We remain optimistic. If the weather isn't in our favour, we can make a few last minute changes here and there, for example excluding the Kemmelberg."