Storm Ciaran also disrupts the planning of the Belgian selection for the European Cyclo-cross Championships. The TGV traffic to Normandy has been cancelled, so the Belgian selection will leave by car – and not by train – towards Pontchâteau.
Normally, the European Championship selectees would gather in Lille on Thursday, from where they would take the TGV to Nantes. But as a result of storm Ciaran, it was decided to completely halt train traffic in Normandy and Brittany.
The Belgians are now gathering in Kortrijk from where they will travel to Pontchâteau in wagons. “And because everything was changed at the last minute, they can travel to France on their own for once,” said national coach Sven Vanthourenhout.
It is also far from clear whether the entire program can be completed. The storm will peak on Thursday, but there could still be strong winds in Pontchâteau on Friday. “And that could have an influence on the program,” the national coach thinks. “The Mixed Relay on Friday seems like it’s over the top to me. And postponing that match to Saturday or Sunday is impossible.”