Tour of Flanders to prohibit spectators on all key climbs, cobbled sectors

OUDENAARDE, BELGIUM - APRIL 07: Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Education First / Oude Kwaremont / Cobblestones / Fans / Public / during the 103rd Tour of Flanders 2019 - Ronde van Vlaanderen a 270,1km race from Antwerp to Oudenaarde / @RondeVlaanderen / @FlandersClassic / #RVV19 / on April 07, 2019 in Oudenaarde, Belgium. (Photo by Peter De Voecht-Pool/Getty Images)
Alberto Bettiol on cobbles at 2019 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Organisers of the Tour of Flanders and the mayor of the finishing city of Oudenaarde announced extreme measure to keep the public away from the race in light of surging cases of COVID-19 across Belgium. The public will be prohibited from 22 'safety zones' - including the start at the Steenplein in Antwerp, the finish in Oudenaarde, and on key climbs and cobblestone sections along the course.

The closures include the final circuit around Oudenaarde that includes the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, as well as the Koppenberg, Steenbeekdries, Taaienberg and Kruisberg and earlier climbs of the Katteberg, Kortekeer, Eikenberg, Wolvenberg, Leberg, Berendries and Valkenberg and the Holleweg, Haaghoek, Lippenhovestraat and Paddestraat cobbled sectors.

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