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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
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In the wake of the recent terror attack in London, organisers for the Tour of Flanders have announced the implementation of additional security measures for both the amateur sportive on Saturday and the pro races on Sunday.
The sportive will see as many as 16,000 participants ride all or part of the course. More than 6,000 will start in Antwerp and ride via the Waaslandtunnel, where cyclists are not normally allowed. The event will have a security control there to only allow registered particpants access to the tunnel. There will also be a similar control point at the foot of the Koppenberg.
“These checks and the limitation of the maximum number of participants have proved their worth in recent years — there will be fewer people around without a starting permit. This creates less pollution and better communication with all those on the road,” race organizer Golazo said in a statement.
For Sunday’s main events local officials will be placing additional barricades and even large concrete blocks to prevent unauthorised vehicles from gaining access to the course. As well personal drones will not be permitted this year.
Local officials will also again be giving alcohol tests to people as they return on the shuttles to parking areas with police reporting eight percent of persons of those tested were over the limit last year.
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.