Flanders Classics keen to avoid 'hysteria' over coronavirus

The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

While the final two stages of the UAE Tour were called off, and doubts still surround Italian races in March such as Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, it's 'business as usual' for Flanders Classics amid the coronavirus outbreak, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad going ahead as normal on Saturday.

Along with the Omloop, Flanders Classics organise a number of races in Belgium during the main spring Classics period in March and April, including Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.