Riders take on the Besançon round of the Cyclocross World Cup.

Antwerp World Cup round cancelled

COVID-19 has claimed yet another cycling event.

by Dane Cash

photography by Getty Images

The Antwerp round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup, which was set to take place on December 5, has been cancelled.

Race organizers Golazo said in a statement that the cancellation was “due to the current corona measures.” While events can still be held in Belgium at the moment, organizers seem to have determined that crowd restrictions would have made the race not worth holding.

“After a thorough evaluation, the parties involved agreed: a fully-fledged international cross, such as it has always been and should be in Antwerp, lives by the massive turnout of the public and the atmosphere and ambiance,” read a statement from organizers. “With the current measures, the World Cup Cross in Antwerp threatens to become a bland decoction of it.”

Other events put on by Golazo remain on the calendar for now.

With the Antwerp round now called off, the World Cup will continue on December 12 in Italy at Val di Sole. Eli Iserbyt and Lucinda Brand, both coming off of victories at this past weekend’s Besançon race, lead the series.

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