Large crowds on the famous slopes of the Tour of Flanders will not be seen this year. The mayors of all the municipalities and cities in the Flemish Ardennes have decided not to admit supporters.
Normally slopes like the Wall of Geraardsbergen, the Koppenberg and the Paterberg are full of supporters, but this year the police will ask supporters to go home.
The image on 18 October, when the Tour will take place, will therefore be very different from the scenes seen in the Tour last weekend. There were hordes of supporters on the flanks of the Peyresourde to shout the riders up.
Watch how the riders in the Tour had to cycle past the supporters last Saturday:
Despite the calls from the Tour organisation and the teams, the fans were present in large numbers. And not always with a mouth mask.
The organisation of the Tour of Flanders doesn’t think it’s justifiable, due to the coronavirus, to have a massive influx of fans to encourage the riders
“The scenes we saw in the Tour on Saturday can’t be the intention,” said race director Tomas Van Den Spiegel. “It certainly won’t be the way we organize our races in the fall.”
Everyone is invited to watch the race at home. This is possible because the race will be broadcasted in its entirety
Two weeks before the Tour of Flanders is scheduled, there’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. For the time being, supporters are still welcome there. The mayors in that region want to consult before they make a final decision.
Paris-Roubaix is still a question mark. The region has been added to the list of red corona zones by the French authorities.
In the Evening Stage, the hordes of fans in France also raised many questions