Gent-Wevelgem final rerouted due to fire in Menen

Illustration shows fire brigade busy with a fire in a company called Grensland in Menen seen from the cycling route of GentWevelgem Sunday 28 March 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
The fire in Menen which caused the race to be re-routed (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Flanders Classics have announced that the final five kilometres of the men's and women's Gent-Wevelgem have been rerouted due to a fire in the city of Menen. Despite the late-race detour, which adds 1.1km to both routes, the races are expected to end at the same finish line in Wevelgem.

"Due to a fire at Galloo in Menen the passage through the city centre of Menen is suspended and the last 5km of the race are being replaced by an alternative route. This for both the men's and women's race. The finish in Wevelgem remains unchanged," race organisers stated.

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