Mathieu van der Poel is not on the start list, but his Alpecin-Fenix teammates Tim Merlier, the current Belgian champion, and German sprinter Alexander Krieger are among the 169 starters, as is Victor Campenaerts, racing as an independent.
The race is set for Sunday in the Flemish Brabant town of Rotselaar, home to the clothing manufacturer that supplies Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck-Quickstep.
The organisers plan for no spectators at the start and finish, with a neutral roll out of 4km followed by ten laps of the 15.4km circuit plus 6km for a total of 164km.
Only riders, one mechanic, one attendant and a team sports director will be allowed at the start finish for each team, and face masks are mandatory. The organisers ask fans to keep 1.5m apart if they come to spectate.
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