Campenaerts and Van der Poel could run solo in Belgium

The Belgian and the Dutch have requested an invitation to compete next July 5 at the Grote Prijs Vermarc Sport, the first race in Belgium after the coronavirus.


The squad looks forward to competing again from July 1, the day the UCI road test schedule is restarted (the UCI World Tour will return on August 1 with the Strade Bianche) after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the first tests of the calendar will be the Grote Prijs Vermarc Sport, scheduled for July 5, in which it will be the first race in Belgium after the stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for which 400 runners have asked to participate for such only 175 bib numbers awaiting confirmation from the Belgian Cycling Federation.

Speaking to Sporza, Marc Verbeeck confirmed the wave of requests received. "I'm almost going crazy. We could have 400 riders at the start, but that's not allowed. We will have to make a selection."

In the event, teams competing in races with Vermarc garments, such as Deceuninck Quick-Step, Lotto-Soudal, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles and Telenet-Baloise, are guaranteed their place. "There will be about 90 professional racers alongside elite cyclists without a contract and promising youngsters. There are many candidates but we will give priority to those who wear our clothing brand." Among the cyclists who could compete, although they would do so without teammates, would be the Belgian Victor Campenaerts and the Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel. In the coming days, the final list of runners who will start in the first race in Belgium after the coronavirus will be revealed.

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