Van Avermaet won the Tour of Flanders. The race was held in a virtual format, athletes competed at home on exercise bikes

Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet won the “Tour of Flanders”, which took place in the virtual world because of the pandemic coronavirus.

Using the online platform Bkool, the riders completed the final 32 km of the “Tour of Flanders”. They competed at home on exercise bikes that are able to repeat ascents and simulate paving stones.

At the start of the virtual race came 13 athletes: Alberto Bettiol (winner 2019), Greg Van Avermaet, Oliver Nasen, Jasper Stuyven, Mike Theunssen, VOUT van Art, Zdenek Shtybar, Yves Lamper, remko Evenepul, Tim Wellens, Thomas De Gendt, Michael Matthews and Nicholas Roch.

Team CCC 2019 – Denia – Greg Van Avermaet (BEL – Team CCC) – photo Gregory van Gansen/BettiniPhoto©2019

Tour Of Flanders

Virtual format

1. Greg van Avermaet (Belgium, CCC) – 43.17

2. Oliver Nasen (Belgium, AG2R) – 0.20

3. Nicholas Roch (Ireland, Sunweb) – 0.21

4. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium, Lotto Soudal) – 0.50

5. Jasper Stuyven (Belgium, Trek-Segafredo) – 1.33

Gazprom-Rusvelo cyclists left the isolation facility in the UAE after Fighting and Fears. Athletes had a coronavirus

Gazprom-Rusvelo cyclists Igor Boev and Dmitry Strakhov left the detention center in the UAE.

Athletes were previously diagnosed with a coronavirus.

“The guys checked into the hotel. We are waiting for information and looking for options for a possible transfer as soon as the opportunity for departure opens, ” said Yuri Belezeko, the team’s press attache.

Ex-cyclist, winner of the “Tour of Flanders” Andrey Chmil underwent surgery for cancer

Former cyclist, winner of the “Tour of Flanders” in 2000, Andrey Chmil said that he had undergone surgery due to cancer. The operation took place in Italy.

“Dear friends, 20 years ago I won the race of my dreams. 20 years later, I had to fight another opponent who seems invincible and silently eats you up from the inside-cancer.

Many thanks to Professor Gianluca Baiocchi and his team of doctors from Brescia for the operation, for the help and support I received. Life is a continuous race, ” Chmil wrote on Facebook.

53-year-old Chmil-USSR champion in 1992 in the group race, winner of the world Cup in 1999, winner of one-day classic races “Paris-Roubaix”, “Milan – San Remo”, “Paris-Tour”. From 2009 to 2011, he managed the professional Russian Cycling team Katyusha.

 

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