The BinckBank Tour is no longer going through the Netherlands this week.

According to the municipalities of Sittard-Geleen, Terneuzen and Vlissingen, it is impossible to organize stages because of the measures against the corona virus announced this week.

The riders would complete a time trial of 11 kilometers in Vlissingen on Wednesday.

On Friday there was a 195.4 kilometer hilly stage on the program, with Sittard-Geleen as the finish.

The organization of the BinckBank Tour is now going to see whether Friday's ride can still be ridden in an adapted form and with a different finish location.

The time trial will be canceled anyway.

Wednesday is therefore considered a rest day.

The cabinet announced on Monday that for the next three weeks (from 6 p.m. on Tuesday) in the Netherlands, no public will be welcome at competitions in amateur and professional sports.

The municipalities concerned argue that it is impossible to comply with the new measures.

"It was a painful, but necessary decision to prevent the spread of the virus," said Mayor Bas van den Tillaar of the municipality of Vlissingen in an initial reaction to the scrapping of the stages in the Netherlands.

Belgian Philipsen won the first stage on Tuesday

A new starting location is being sought for Thursday's ride, which would start in Philippine in Zeeland and finish in Aalter in Belgium.

Saturday's final stage takes the peloton completely through Belgium and does not seem to be in danger.

The BinckBank Tour started on Tuesday with a flat stage of 132 kilometers.

The Belgian Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory and can call himself the first leader in the general classification.

The new corona measures in the Netherlands may also have consequences for the Amstel Gold Race.

The WorldTour course, which could not take place in April due to the corona crisis, is now scheduled for Saturday 10 October.

"It is not yet certain whether it will continue", race director Leo van Vliet told

Sporza

.

"We submitted our plans last week, both at the UCI and at the national and local level. It looked like everything would be approved, but Monday's news has put everything on the line."