Belgium rider Jens Debusschere wins one-day Dwars door Vlaanderen event
By Reuters Sport
Last Updated: 23/03/16 6:19pm
Belgian rider Jens Debusschere took victory in the Dwars door Vlaanderen one-day race in Waregem, a day after the terrorist attacks on Brussels.
At least 31 people were killed on Tuesday in the most deadly attacks in the Belgian capital's history and organisers considered cancelling the race.
They decided, however, that the event would go ahead as scheduled and no incidents were reported along the 199.7km course in the north of the country.
Most riders were wearing black armbands in memory of the victims of the attack.
Some teams, however, were affected because several riders failed to arrive on time after Brussels airport, where one of the blasts occurred, was closed on Tuesday.
Spanish team Movistar only had four out of their eight riders at the start and Giant-Alpecin had none.
Lotto-Soudal rider Debusschere, the 2014 Belgian champion, perfectly timed his sprint to beat Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) and another Belgian, Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo).
Several one-day classics are scheduled in Belgium in the coming days, continuing with Friday's E3 Scheldeprijs.