Belgian Classics to go on without spectators through Tour of Flanders

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma and Dutch Mathieu van der Poel of AlpecinFenix pictured in action during the Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres Tour of Flanders one day cycling race 241 km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde Sunday 18 October 2020 BELGA PHOTO POOL NICO VEREECKEN Photo by POOL NICO VEREECKENBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel had a lonely ride across the cobbles in 2020 without spectators (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic will force all of the Spring Classics in Flanders to prohibit spectators from gathering along the road sides, from the 'Opening Weekend' at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this month through the Tour of Flanders in April, organisers of Flanders Classics announced on Wednesday.

There are just 10 days until Omloop Het Nieuwsblad opens the Classics season with a WorldTour-level race for men and Pro Series event for women, but although COVID-19 cases are down tenfold from the peak in late October, the emergence of new, potentially more infectious variants and still over a thousand new cases each day have kept restrictions in place in Belgium, including a non-essential travel ban.

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