Dutch mayors scrap BinckBank Tour | Cycling


The decision was taken in response to the adjusted national measures due to the corona virus, which were announced on Monday, September 28. These measures have been ratified in the new emergency regulations of both the South Limburg Safety Region and the Zeeland Safety Region. On that basis, the mayors have decided that the event cannot take place. It is not possible to comply with the stricter measures, say the municipalities.

The second stage of the BinckBank Tour, an individual time trial, was to be held on Wednesday with start and finish in Vlissingen. The fourth stage would start in Riemst, Belgium and end in Sittard-Geleen.

The emergency ordinance states that an audience may not be present at sports matches. In addition, according to the municipalities, there are other rules that must be taken into account, such as the maximum number of people that may be present as a group and rules regarding athletes and organizations from countries where an orange or red code is in force.

Two fans with masks at the BinckBank Tour.

Two fans with masks at the BinckBank Tour.

“It was a painful, but necessary decision to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Mayor Bas van den Tillaar of Vlissingen. “Unfortunately we had to take this difficult decision, however much we would have liked to have given this sporting event a place”, responds Mayor Hans Verheijen of Sittard-Geleen. Mayor Jan Lonink van Terneuzen adds: “It is of course very unfortunate for the athletes, organization and everyone involved.”

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