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Organiser confirms Strade Bianche postponement

Joe Robinson
5 Mar 2020

Ongoing coronavirus issue sees one-day Classic postponed till later in season

Strade Bianche has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The men's and women's races were due to take place his Saturday, 7th March, but will be rearranged for later in the season.

Race organiser RCS met with authorities in Siena on Thursday morning to discuss whether the race could go ahead. It came to the conclusion it could no longer take place.

RCS released a short statement confirming the news: 'Following our last meeting with the local authorities in Siena, both the Strade Bianche men's elite and women's elite races have been postponed until a later date, still to be identified.'

The race organiser is yet to make a decision on Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo and will do so in due course.

The decision to postpone both races became inevitable after a wave of teams confirmed they would be withdrawing from competition in Italy throughout March.

Team Ineos, Astana and Mitchelton-Scott had announced they would be stopping all racing until late March while Groupama-FDJ and Education First confirmed they would skip selected Italian races.

In the women's peloton, Parkhotel-Valkenburg and CCC-Liv have withdrawn from Strade Bianche while Boels-Dolmans opting not to take their flight to Italy.