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Professional cyclist Vanhoucke attacked on training ride

Professional cyclist Vanhoucke attacked on training ride

22/03/2020 at 10:44Updated 22/03/2020 at 18:38

Lotto Soudal’s Harm Vanhoucke has been attacked while training, the rider has alleged in a Facebook post.

The 22-year-old said he was seeking information about a driver who he says punched him in the face “several times”, while he was out.

He implied that the incident may have taken place as a result of fear around the current coronavirus pandemic, adding: “This is anything but normal, but in the times of Corona[virus].”

Vanhoucke said he was riding alone – which is still allowed in Belgium despite a non-essential travel ban – in West Flanders, when the man got out of his vehicle to approach him.

He appealed for anyone who knows the man, who had been travelling in a black van, he said, to contact him.

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