Belgian championships given new date two days after Tour de France

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Belgian national champion Tim Merlier (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Belgian cycling federation has announced a new date for its road national championships, with the elite men and women due to compete for the road race titles on Tuesday September 22 in Anzegem, two days after the Tour de France and during the week of the Road World Championships.

The decision to postpone the championships from the UCI's allotted date of August 22 and 23 was made after the Belgian government ruled that no mass gatherings would be allowed until September to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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