Van Avermaet wins lockdown edition of Tour of Flanders

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) wins the virtual Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Flanders Classics)

Greg Van Avermaet lagged behind at the start but after saving his efforts for the ascent of the Paterberg the Olympic champion surged ahead and soloed in for victory in the unprecedented virtual Tour of Flanders.

Flanders Classics, organisers of the Tour of Flanders, hyped up the 'lockdown edition' after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all sporting events worldwide since early March. With De Ronde postponed, thirteen riders took to the BKool virtual platform to compete over a 32km course that included simulations of the Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, and Paterberg.

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