After the loss of races such as the Critérium International and La Méditerranéene earlier this year, cycling fans can enjoy a bit of good news after an agreement was reached to save a historic Belgian race.
The Nationale Sluitingsprijs may not be a race that is familiar to many English-speaking cycling fans, but for many Belgian fans it is an important race, marking the end of the season in mid-October.
The future of the race had been under threat, with race organisers failing to find a buyer for the event which has been run since 1929 and has been run by many of the most famous names in Belgian cycling.
The race will also continue to centre around the small town of Putte to the east of Antwerp for at least the next five years.
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