Second stage of BinckBank Tour has been cancelled 

The Dutch regions set to host the race have now refused to allow the peloton to pass

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The organisers of the BinckBank Tour have been forced to cancel the second stage and rethink the rest of the race. 

After the opening sprint stage, won by Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), race management were informed that the Dutch regions set to host the event had banned bike racing due to new coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands. 

The stage two time trial, 10.9km in Vlissingen, has been cancelled as a result, while the routes for stages three and four will have to be redesigned last minute. 

A statement Gert Van Goolen, head of BinckBank Tour organiser Golazo, said: “We are of course very disappointed that this decision has been taken, especially given the late hour. Cycling races are mainly experienced at the start and the finish and they have been made public in this BinckBank Tour, as in the Netherlands in the meantime.

"We are convinced that we have found a safe and responsible solution to organise a good BinckBank Tour, but unfortunately that was not met.”

The news emerged on Tuesday night as the Dutch municipalities where the race is due to start and finish on stages two, three and four, have jointly decided to ban bike racing.

Almost 3,000 new cases of coronavirus are being recorded each day in the Netherlands, with new measures being put in place on Tuesday to try and curb the spread, including restaurants and bars being forced to close by 10pm and fans being banned from attending sports events. 

The BinckBank Tour organiser said it had committed to holding the race almost spectator free, with start and finish areas made off limits to fans while spectators were told to watch from home and not travel to the race. 

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Wednesday will now be a rest day instead of the planned TT, while stage three will no longer start in Philippine and on Friday the race will not travel to Limburg or finish in Sittard-Geleen as planned.

The organisers said alternatives will be worked out quickly, but the race should still continue until Saturday. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.