Photo: Peter Malaise
The call to follow the Tour of Flanders en masse from ‘our kot’ has clearly not fallen on deaf ears. “The cycling fan has listened”, says Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of organizer Flanders Classics. East Flemish provincial governor Carna Van Cauter is also clear. “The images speak for themselves”, it sounds.
“We constantly emphasized that message in the weeks before the match, even ad nauseam, but the supporter did stay at home today to follow the match from a safe distance,” says Van Den Spiegel. “Partly thanks to the efforts of all cycling fans, we were also able to enjoy the high mass of cycling in Flanders in these exceptional times.”
Governor of East Flanders Carina Van Cauter is also satisfied. “We announced a ‘limited edition’ of this Tour of Flanders and we succeeded. I would like to thank the cycling supporters, but certainly also all the safety disciplines, who have worked hard together today and in recent months to make this race run safely, as well as the organizer and the many local authorities of East Flanders on whose territory the Tour was ridden. Let this be an example for the next few weeks, to follow closely the measures that were imposed on us. Because the best races are won uphill. ”
According to the governor, no PVs were drawn up, although the real figures will not be known until Monday. “The mouth mask obligation was strictly observed and I really appreciate that. The message was clear: experience the Tour from home and that message has been adhered to en masse and I am glad about that ”, concludes Cauter.
Great folk festival
The mayor of Oudenaarde is also of the same opinion. “It was also very quiet in Oudenaarde, both at the finish zone and on the market”, says Marnic De Meulemeester. “It feels a bit strange, because at other times we are used to a big popular festival. But we are happy that all our residents have en masse followed the Tour at home and that we have made it a safe Tour together. ”
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