Cyclist Van Avermaet wins online Tour of Flanders


This 5 April 2020 video says about itself:

De Ronde Lockdown Edition: Tour of Flanders Virtual Race LIVE On GCN Racing

With the Ronde van Vlaanderen unable to take place in 2020, 13 pro riders, including defending Tour Of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol, and young sensation Remco Evenepoel, go head-to-head on a virtual 30km course, taking in the final 3 climbs of the real-life Ronde. Flanders Classics teamed up with technology partner Bkool & Kiswe for this unique alternative to the race, join us LIVE for the virtual monument.

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Because of the coronavirus, there are now hardly any sporting events anywhere.

However, cyclists, who now cannot cycle on roads, can ride on home trainers at home.

So, today, there was an online Tour of Flanders.

The winner was Belgian Olympian road race champion Greg Van Avermaet.

Second was Oliver Naesen from Belgium. Third, Nicolas Roche from Ireland.

The Tour of Flanders result, copyright Flanders Classics

There will be more online cycling.

From 22 to 26 April 2020, there will be the Digital Swiss 5.

This 27 March 2020 video from Switzerland says about itself:

WORLD PREMIERE: THE DIGITAL SWISS 5 – Tour de Suisse, ROUVY and Velon start the first digital race with the best pro teams in the world.

All information about the 5 races in April: here. …

Bauke Mollema, Trek-Segafredo, said: “I have great memories from Tour de Suisse including a stage win in 2013 and a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in GC. I love riding in the mountains and on Swiss roads. I was looking forward to racing again, but obviously this is uncertain at the moment. To stay in shape and keep competitive form, I am riding a lot of hours on our Saris Smart Trainer, but I never actually participated in a virtual race. It seems like a great way to stay fit and test my condition against other pro riders. See you online!”

All the teams that would have participated in the real Tour of Switzerland have been invited to participate with three cyclists each.

Jumbo-Visma and many others have already reacted positively.

This photo shows Dutch Jumbo-Visma rider Robert Geesink on his home trainer at home in Andorra.

This photo shows Dutch Jumbo-Visma rider Steven Kruijswijk on his home trainer at home in Monaco.

16 thoughts on “Cyclist Van Avermaet wins online Tour of Flanders

  1. Women’s Triathlon Mirinda Carfrae’s race ends in bizarre fashion

    AUSTRALIA’S triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found that virtual-reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards.

    The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck.

    Carfrae was doing well on the 90 kilometre bike stage when she suffered a virtual mechanical failure. Husband Tim O’Donnell tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.

    https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/s/mirinda-carfraes-race-ends-bizarre-fashion

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