The decision was taken jointly by the three mayors of the municipalities of Sittard-Geleen, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. According to them, it is not possible to comply with the tightened measures that were announced on Monday evening.
The new emergency ordinance that came into effect last night states that no audience may be present at sports matches and / or training. In addition, 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 the athletes and organizations from countries where an orange or red code is in force.
Organizer Golazo: “Unfortunately, good organization is not followed up”
Organizer Golazo reacts disappointed to the decision. “The decision is unfortunately clear and so there will be no time trial in Vlissingen today / Wednesday. Within the limited time frame, it is impossible to work out an alternative for this (including the necessary permits), so Wednesday is forced to be a rest day. ”
“There will be no starting on Thursday in Philippine and on Friday we will not be able to drive to Dutch Limburg and finish in Sittard-Geleen, but alternatives will be worked out quickly. For the sake of clarity, the BinckBank Tour will continue until Saturday with, after the rest day of Wednesday, rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the final stage from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve to Geraardsbergen. ”
Gert Van Goolen of organizer Golazo regrets the decision of the Dutch mayors. “We are of course very disappointed that this decision has been taken, especially given the late hour. Cycling races are mainly experienced at the start and finish and in this BinckBank Tour they have been made public free, as is now explicitly requested in the Netherlands. We are convinced that we have found a safe and responsible solution to organize a good BinckBank Tour, but unfortunately that was not met. ”
Mayors: “Difficult, but necessary”
Mayor Bas van den Tillaar of the municipality of Vlissingen is disappointed, but says he could not do otherwise: “It was a painful, but necessary decision to prevent the spread of the virus.”
“Unfortunately we had to take this difficult decision, however much we would have liked to have given this sporting event a place ”, said Mayor Hans Verheijen of the municipality of Sittard-Geleen. Mayor Jan Lonink of the municipality of Terneuzen adds: “Unfortunately, it is not possible to continue this cycling race now. That is of course very unfortunate for the athletes, organization and everyone involved. ”
The BinckBank Tour was in its sixteenth edition, even though it was the Eneco Tour until 2016. The stages always go through Flanders and the south of the Netherlands.
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