Although the coronavirus pandemic has led Belgium to ban any non-essential travel, cycling alone is still allowed.
The 22-year-old posted on his Facebook page that while he was riding along the Aalbeeksestraat in Aalbeke - in West Flanders just across the border from Roubaix - a heavy set man, around 40-50 years old and driving a black van forced him off the road then assaulted him.
"[The man] got out aggressively and I urged him to keep his distance, after saying that he deliberately punched me in the face several times and stormed away. This is anything but normal in times of corona[virus]. If anyone knew this person, please send me a message."
The incident comes five days after Italian riders, who are also allowed to train outside, were harassed by drivers. Cycling for sport or fitness reasons has been widely discouraged in Italy to avoid the risk of crashes and injury that can use up vital medical resources, while Spain has banned outdoor cycling altogether.
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