Belgians do not want to take any risk in view of the spread of the coronavirus. Verbrugghe was therefore already absent on Monday during the time trials. He stayed in his hotel as a precaution. He also underwent a coronavirus test, but the results are not awaited by the union.
Sven Vanthourenhout, Verbrugghe’s assistant, will take over the tasks of the national coach from the Belgians in the coming days.