Virtual Tour of Flanders
On Sunday, April 5th – the original date of the 2020 Tour of Flanders – 13 of the world’s best hopped onto their home trainers and logged onto BKool, a virtual cycling platform similar to Zwift. The riders would take on 31 km of virtual roads, including the Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, and Paterberg climbs.
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) was one of the hot favorites, and he set off early, drawing out a chase group that continually shrank over the course and the climbs. By the time the riders hit the bottom of the Paterberg, only five remained. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) launched a massive attack from bottom to top, gapping the rest of the group by a considerable margin. Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale), Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) formed a chase group behind, but Van Avermaet’s lead was soon an unassailable 20 seconds. GVA cruised to the victory – averaging 434 W for over 43 minutes, by the way – while Naesen beat Roche in the sprint for second after De Gendt was dropped in the final three kilometers. With that, Van Avermaet takes his first “victory” of the 2020 season, and becomes the first-ever winner of the Virtual Tour of Flanders.
The Dirty Kanza has officially been postponed from its original date of May 30th to September 12th, 2020. Having attracted WorldTour riders in previous years, the world’s biggest gravel race has reacted to the coronavirus pandemic with both caution and determination. While logistical challenges may test the new date, race organizers are hopeful of a celebration coming of bikes and community come September.
List of Postponed or Cancelled Races
Below are some of the postponed or cancelled 2020 races which have been announced within the last week:
Rund Um Köln (UCI 1.1) – cancelled
Tour of Utah (UCI ProSeries) – cancelled
Tour de Suisse (UCI WorldTour) – cancelled
Tour de Gatineau (Women’s UCI 1.1) – postponed
Tour de Beauce (UCI 2.2) – postponed
Upcoming Race Calendar
The UCI has extended its suspension of racing until June 1st, although most, if not all, races originally slated for April or May had already been postponed or cancelled. In addition, the Critérium du Dauphiné announced the postponement from its May 31st to June 7th date.
With so many postponements and hopeful rescheduling, the pro race calendar could extend into November 2020. Races such as the Giro d’Italia and one-day Classics are especially determined to hold a 2020-edition of their race.