'It's too cold to race for five hours. It's unhealthy': Quick-Step doctor calls for shorter races in freezing conditions

Yvan Vanmol criticises decision to run Le Samyn at its full length in temperatures of -2ºC

Riders battle cold conditions in Le Samyn

(Image credit: Luc Claessen/Tim De Waele/Getty Images)

Quick-Step Floors chief doctor Yvan Vanmol has criticised race organisers of Le Samyn for deciding against shortening the race due to freezing conditions, saying that racing for five hours in cold conditions was "unhealthy" and "irresponsible".

Temperatures at the start of the race in Quaregnon were around -2ºC, with wind-chill making it feel as low as -9ºC, and the mercury is not expected to rise beyond freezing for the duration of the 200km race.

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