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Athletes participating in the Olympic Games must be quarantined for the first two weeks after arriving in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided this, writes Het Laatste Nieuws. This decision has major consequences for cyclists. This measure makes it impossible for them to combine the Olympic Games with the completion of the Tour de France

The Tour de France starts next year on June 26 and ends on July 18. Road cycling will be on the Olympic programme between 24 and 28 July. This would make it impossible to complete the Tour and participate in the Olympic Games. The Het Laatste Nieuws reports that the Belgian Olympic Committee will make another attempt to allow cyclists to be exempted to this measure, but the chances of this are not in favour. Getting out of the Tour earlier is not an option either. According to national coach Sven Vanthourenhout. “I cannot imagine that Greg Van Avermaet or Wout van Aert will start the Tour and leave after ten days. Before the end of January I would like to know who I can select for the Games. I will understand if Wout van Aert and other riders opts for the Tour.”