Cycling teams BORA-hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo are allowed to participate in Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. Due to previous corona cases, the German team initially seemed to be banned, while participation of the American formation was questionable.
Dwars door Vlaanderen reports on Tuesday that BORA and Trek will participate in the race.
At Trek, former world champions Mads Pedersen and Alex Kirsch are missing. They are seen as ‘high-risk contacts’ because a staff member of the team tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Other riders on the team are considered low-risk contacts and do not need to be quarantined.
BORA had to fail last week in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem, after rider Matthew Walls was found to be infected. Initially, the team did not seem welcome in Dwars door Vlaanderen, but because the riders took a negative test on Tuesday, they are allowed to start.
With the Germans Nils Politt and Pascal Ackermann, BORA has two outsiders in its ranks. At Trek, Milan-San Remo winner Jasper Stuyven is the leader in the absence of Pedersen.
Mathieu van der Poel and world champion Julian Alaphilippe are the big favorites in advance in the 184 kilometer long Belgian semi-classic.