For many people, Belgium is synonymous with cycling. Sadly, in recent months, it has also become synonymous with terrorist activity in Europe.
The suspected terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning is latest in a spate of incidents across the continent. While cycling races are of relative insignificance in the aftermath of such attacks, organisers of Dwars door Vlaanderen confirmed that the race is set to go ahead on Wednesday.
And with a number of professional teams and riders based in Belgium, the world of cycling came together on Twitter to show solidarity in face of the attacks and sending their support to the country.
BMC‘s Belgian riders at the Volta a Catalunya, Philippe Gilbert and Ben Hermans, wore black armbands on stage two.
Riders trying to get to Belgium for this week’s races, which includes E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem over the Easter weekend, have been forced to divert to other airports, while the organiser of Dwars door Vlaanderen said some teams may be short of riders on Wednesday if they can’t get to the race.