Second town pulls out of hosting Tour de Wallonie

Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Démare (centre) wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de Wallonie in Lierneux
Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Démare (centre) wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de Wallonie in Lierneux (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After the Belgian town of Ath pulled out of hosting the finish of the opening stage of next month's Tour de Wallonie earlier this week, nearby town Tubize has also chosen not to host the start of stage 2, citing similar coronavirus safety concerns.

On Tuesday, the mayor of Ath, Bruno Lefebvre, announced that he had to "protect my people", and that the town would not host the finish of stage 1 on August 16. On Wednesday, the city council of Tubize – approximately 25 kilometres east of Ath – followed suit, sending out a press release to explain its reasons for not being able to welcome the race for the start of the second stage on August 17.

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