Van Aert parachuted into Omloop Het Nieuwsblad amid coronavirus fears

Wout Van Aert (Image credit: Getty Images)

It wasn't on his original racing programme, but Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) will line up at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend amid fears that some of his upcoming races might be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Van Aert, who placed fourth at the Cyclo-cross World Championships earlier this month, was due to make his road racing season debut with a trio of Italian one-day races: Strade Bianche on March 7, GP Industria & Artigianato on March 8, and Milan San-Remo on March 21. 

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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.