Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sky team-mates turned back from riding on cobbled climb of Tour of Flanders route

Team Sky were apparently stopped from riding on the Oude Kwaremont on Friday morning as the British-based WorldTour team undertook a training ride for the Tour of Flanders.

Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski and team-mates were prevented from continuing their training ride onto the Oude Kwaremont cobbled section by Belgian police.

It is unclear as to exactly why Team Sky were prevented from entering the Oude Kwaremont. However, security in and around the race this Sunday (April 3) has been tightened in the wake of the recent suicide bombings in Brussels, which claimed the lives of 32 members of the public and injured around 300 others.

Spectators will not be allowed to take rucksacks into designated ‘security’ areas of the race.

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The organiser issued the following message as part of its advice to fans attending the event:

“To ensure your safety and the safety from the people around you, we have installed safety zones. Within the safety zones it is not allowed to carry a backpack. Handbags are allowed, but will be searched for forbidden products.”

The Tour of Flanders takes place on Sunday, April 3, starting in Brugge and finishing 255km later in Oudenaarde. The Oude Kwaremont is tackled three times during the race, including within the final 17km, making it one of the key sections of the prestigious classic.

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A police van parked near the Oude KwaremontSky-Flanders-Training-3

Michal KwiatkowskiSky-Flanders-Training

Sky riders turn backSky-Flanders-Training-1

Geraint Thomas

Photos by Jack Elton-Walters

  • Toby Evans

    don’t know what’s making people here think Belgian security is particularly poor (putting aside countries such as Russia having no shortage of either security or terrorism incidents, but who really knows or cares what happens in the rest of the world or what actually drives such horrors)

    no, I was at Ronde 2 years ago with my son, we watched G on the Kwaremont then took the side road down to Patersberg, coming in from the opposite side that the race does. We saw the hill, the cobbles, the crowds, I started to slow but my boy, 9 at the time started going full gas and tried to storm up it!

    Until stopped by the Belgian police, no exceptions, no smiles. So perhaps they need not look to the comments section of Cycling Weekly for security tips ….

    different story after the race finished. The Cancellera fan club were worshiping on the cobbles, and when the lad finally got his bike on the pave, the crowd started going nuts cheering him on.

    Such a great day, can’t wait to go back

  • skelto99

    Totally agree, it’s been worryingly poor to date.

  • J1

    The Belgians need to up their security nationwide too, they’ve never been particularly great in that area, that needs to change going forward.

  • skelto99

    I’m glad the Belgium police are sending out a clear message that no matter who you are then safety and security are being taken very seriously for the Tour of Flanders. Good on them to use one of the star acts to advertise this.

  • Bertrude

    Probably thought it was a bunch of FPKWs