Organisers prioritise safety in neutralising men's Dwars door Vlaanderen

Officials temporarily stop Dwars door Vlaanderen

Dwars door Vlaanderen was thrown into temporary chaos as both the men's race and the women's race were neutralised, with the men stopping twice just beyond the halfway mark in order to allow ambulances through to treat victims of crashes in the women's race. The eight-rider breakaway in the men's race was ordered to stop with 76 kilometres remaining, and the peloton was waved to a halt as they caught up. After almost 10 minutes, they got going again but organisers had failed to allow the original breakaway riders to set off first and re-establish their 2:15 advantage, and so the race was stopped again. It became more farcical when, after the second restart, it emerged Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) hadn’t got the memo, and the Austrian was forced to take a tow from a television motorbike to regain up his rightful place in the break. The hold up occurred because ...

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