Disbelief at last-minute cancellation of GP de Dottignies

Audrey Cordon across the cobbles - Grand Prix de Dottignies 2016

The GP de Dottignies , a 1.2 UCI women’s race in Belgium, was cancelled at the last minute with riders already lined up at the start, due to a lack of sufficient motorcycle officials on Monday. Held the day after the Tour of Flanders, the event takes place in and around Dottignies, a Walloon village about 30km from Oudenaarde, the finishing town of the Tour of Flanders, and is part of the Belgian race series Lotto Cycling Cup. Riders were set to tackle the 122km race consisting of six laps on a circuit straddling the border between Flanders and Wallonie. Twelve WorldTour teams standing on the start line to begin the race, including the Tour of Flanders winner Marta Bastianelli, the defending champion in Dottignies, along with another thirteen teams. This reporter was at the race and watched the teams prepare for the race, sign in on the stage next ...

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