Tour of Flanders viewers push to record levels

Danish Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck QuickStep pictured in action during the 105th edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres Tour of Flanders one day cycling race 254km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde Sunday 04 April 2021 BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
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Fans may not have been able to line the roadsides to cheer on the riders at the Tour of Flanders but they instead took to the couch in vast numbers to watch Kasper Asgreen (Elegant-QuickStep) beat Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the sprint, delivering record viewer numbers for Flemish sports broadcaster Sporza

Belgium is currently in the midst of a lockdown to tackle a third wave of COVID-19, with schools, non-food stores and many other activities closed plus night time curfews in force. Before the Tour of Flanders fans were being urged to stay home and claim the television remote instead of claiming a spot beside the road. It seems that plenty heeded the message.

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