Dwars Door Vlaanderen set to go ahead despite Brussels terror attacks

Flanders Classics, organisers of several one-day races in Belgium, have announced that Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen will go ahead after terror attacks in Brussels.

After meeting with police at midday, the organisers released a short statement saying that the race is still scheduled to go ahead.

“For the moment, Dwars door Vlaanderen will take place tomorrow, despite the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels on Tuesday morning. The organisers mourn with the victims of these terrible acts. More information in due time,” the statement read.

“For the moment we’re going to race tomorrow,” race organiser Guy Delesie said at the race headquarters late on Tuesday afternoon after teams had confirmed their starting lineups. “There will be no podium ceremony and there will be a minutes silence but for now the good news is that race is on. That will only change if the police or Belgian parliament makes a different decision.”

Last week, when Belgium was under a Level 3 alert, police confirmed that spectators with backpacks would not be allowed into secure zones at the Tour of Flanders such as the five Public Villages set up for that race due to security concerns.

More races are scheduled in Flanders in the next few days, with E3 Harelbeke on Friday and Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

 

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