Wout van Aert tests positive for COVID, won't race Flanders

Belgian favourite homebound with mild COVID symptoms

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Eric Lalmand / Getty Images)

In a short Instagram message, Wout van Aert, confirmed that he will not race Tour of Flanders on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19.

"It's been two hectic days," the Belgian stated. "Yesterday morning I woke up with a sore throat and two quick tests indicated that I was positive for COVID-19. Two PCR tests confirmed it, so there is no chance that I will be at the start on Sunday."

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.