BinckBank Tour cancels remaining Dutch stages of the race due to Covid-19 measures
Sep 30 2020 05:36 am CET

BinckBank Tour cancels remaining Dutch stages of the race due to Covid-19 measures
BinckBank Tour cancels remaining Dutch stages of the race due to Covid-19 measures
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The BinckBank Tour has cancelled the stages of Wednesday and Friday due to the new Covid-19 measures taken in the Netherlands.

The Dutch-Belgian race was supposed to continue with its second stage in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, with an eleven kilometre time trial and after one day in Belgium, was set to continue on Friday with a 195.4 kilometre hilly stage with a finish in the municipality of Sittard-Geleen.

But the Dutch government announced on Monday new measures to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 which included the complete restriction of public in professional sports for the next three weeks. And the municipalities where the race was supposed to go through in the stages of Wednesday and Friday -Sittard-Geleen, Terneuzen and Vlissingen- have decided that this measures can't be complied, which forced their cancellation.

"It was a painful but necessary decision to prevent the spread of the virus," said the mayor of the municipality of Vlissingen Bas Van den Tillar. It is still unclear if the stages that are going to be in Belgium, the one of Thursday and on Saturday, are going to continue.

UAE Team Emirates' Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory on the first stage of the race -when the measures were not still in place- and is the first leader of the General Classification.
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