Tom Pidcock and Wout van Aert’s first seasonal face-to-face in a cyclo-cross World Cup event has been called off following a tightening of Covid restrictions in Belgium due to worsening the situation in the country. The pair will still meet at the Boom Superprestige on Saturday, but Sunday’s World Cup round in Antwerp is put on hold after organizers fear the crowd restrictions will damage the atmosphere.
Dutch outlet Wielerflits reports that the organizers have ended the event because cyclocross “comes alive because of the massive audience participation and the atmosphere and ambiance”.
“Cyclo-cross in Antwerp lives with the public and it is traditionally a meeting place for all Antwerpers who love cyclo-cross and the atmosphere,” Christophe Impens of organizer Golazo told Wielerflits. “But in order to optimally guarantee the health and safety of everyone, many additional measures would have to be imposed, which are also difficult to control.
“This applies to the public throughout the course, but a fortiori in the so-called atmospheric tents, as well as in the VIP tent. It is not an obvious decision, but the City of Antwerp understands it in view of the difficulty corona situation and the measures changed. “
The World Cup continues in Italy on December 12, before a Dutch round on December 18. The Namur round of December 19 will probably depend on Belgium’s reassessment of the pandemic the previous week.
“We are awaiting the next federal consultation committee on December 15. Depending on the decisions taken there, we will examine our next cyclo-cross races one by one, of course always in close consultation with the local government”, explained Impens. .