Spring Classics carry on with virtual Tour of Flanders: Lockdown Edition

Stream showdown between Remco Evenepoel vs. Wout van Aert when De Ronde goes digital for 2020

April 3rd, 2020 by | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , ,

The Tour of Flanders is continuing for 2020, it will look a little different this year. The Spring Classic will go ahead on Sunday, April 5, just not in Belgium. Well, some of the riders will be in Belgium.

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the spring race calendar, Tour of Flanders is going online.

Organizers have put together a 32 km course recreating the original race route’s most iconic features. Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg are each included in the Classic’s virtual debut.

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Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel highlight the 13-rider invitational start list for Tour of Flanders: Lockdown Edition. Van Aert says, while the race is mostly for fun, he’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve been working on it for a week. It’s nice to have a goal in this period,” Van Aert said in a Team Jumbo Visma announcement. “I’ve already turned off the heater in the room where I will race. It will be nice and cool,” the Belgian joked adding he will still be turning to sports director Grischa Niermann for tips on virtual cycling.

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Thomas de Gendt has already been training online, but has had some difficulty making the jump from pavement to pixels.

The 13 riders invited to the Tour of Flanders: Lockdown Edition are:

Remco Evenepoel
Wout van Aert
Jasper Stuyven
Tim Wellens
Michael Matthews
Mike Teunissen
Oliver Naesen
Zdenek Stybar
Greg van Avermaet
Yves Lampaert
Nicolas Roche
Thomas de Gendt
Alberto Bettiol