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Coronavirus and cycling: all you need to know

Cyclist magazine
31 Mar 2020

All you need to know about cycling and coronavirus: Regularly updated list of postponed/cancelled races, plus teams that have stopped racing

This is an updating page for the effects of the coronavirus global pandemic on cycling. An ever-changing and developing situation, and as amazing as races like the postponed Giro d'Italia and Paris-Roubaix are, the impact of the outbreak is much more serious away from the world of sport.

Without forgetting that perspective, it's having an increasing effect on the world of cycling as more and more races are postponed and cancelled. Even for races that went ahead as planned, such as Paris-Nice, some teams announced their intentions to stay away from all events until unilaterally decided dates.

Below is a rolling report on which races have been impacted and the teams planning to skip racing over the coming weeks.

Coronavirus's impact on cycling: Races postponed or cancelled

The Giro d'Italia will no longer start on 9th May as organisers decided to postpone until a later date

This news was long-expected but took quite some time to confirm that Strade Bianche would be postponed. On Thursday 5th March, it was finally acknowledged by RCS with the hope and intention of the race being rescheduled for later in the year. If you'd set a record on the telly you'll now have hours of cross country skiing stored up for a rainy day.

On Friday 6th March, it was also confirmed that Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Sicily would be postponed to later in the year, assuming rescheduling will be possible. The women's race, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, has also suffered the same fate.

Paris-Nice went ahead despite a number of teams dropping out. Following a directive from the French authorities, the race as put in place crowd restrictions at the start and finish lines of stages.

By Friday 13th March, ASO confirmed that the race would finish after Saturday's stage - a day early. 

The first British races were effected on March 13th with both the Women's Tour and Tour Series being postponed until further notice.

Friday 13th March also saw thee French Cycling Union confirm it will suspend all bike races until further notice, meaning Paris-Roubaix has been all but cancelled.

One of the biggest postponements so came with the announcement that the Tour of Flanders sportive would not go ahead as planned on Saturday 4th April. The organiser hopes to find a new date later in the year. What this means for the pro races is not yet clear.

On Monday 16th March, Swiss one-week stage race Tour de Romandie was cancelled for 2020 while the Tour of the Alps, set to take place between 20th and 24th April, was postponed.

On Tuesday 17th March, British Cycling announced it would postpone all events until the 30th April. It was also announced that Paris-Roubaix, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege would be postponed till a later date.

The Tour de Yorkshire was also postponed on Tuesday 17th March.

On Wednesday 18th March, both the Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race were postponed till a later date.

For a guide on how cyclists should approach riding during self-isolation and the current coronavirus pandemic, read this excellent piece from Trevor Ward.

Confirmed postponed or cancelled

Giro d'Italia
Paris-Roubaix
Men's Strade Bianche  
Women's Strade Bianche  
GP Industria & Artigianato 
Milan-San Remo
Tirreno-Adriatico
Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Tour of Sicily  
Tour de Normandie
Tour de Bretagne
Tour of Chongming Island  
Tour of Hainan  
UAE Tour
Omloop van Vlaanderen
Gent-Wevelgem
E3- Harelbeke 
Ronde van Drenthe
Circuit de la Sarthe
Volta a Catalunya 
Brugge-De Panne
Bredene Classic
Nokere Koerse
Tour of Gila
Volta Alentejo
Women's Tour
Tour Series
GP Denain
Itzulia Basque Country
Paris-Roubaix
Fleche Wallonne
Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Tour de Yorkshire
Tour of Flanders
Amstel Gold Race
Tro Bro Leon
Vuelta Castilla y Leon
Eschborn Frankfurt
Four Days of Dunkirk

Coronavirus's impact on cycling: Events

With the cancellation of Strade Bianche, its sportive was also cancelled. The London Bike Show has also been postponed until July in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All sportives in Belgium have been cancelled for the foreseeable future affecting the Tour of Flanders, Omloop van Vlaanderen, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Johan Musseuw Classic and Peter van Petegem Classic.

The Paris-Roubaix and Ardennes Classics sportives, all set for April, have all been cancelled.

As of Monday 16th, recreational cycling in Spain and Italy have been banned with heavy fines for anybody caught riding.

Coronavirus's impact on cycling: team withdrawals from racing

Men's peloton

Announced on Thursday 5th March, Team Ineos confirmed they will stay away from all races until at least the Volta a Catalunya on 23rd March, but that date could be revised as the pandemic takes hold. The team's withdrawal was for the combined reason of the sudden death of sports director Nicolas Portal and complications caused by the coronavirus.

AG2R La Mondiale, Jumbo-Visma, CCC Team and Team Sunweb has already opted to skip Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo before those races were pulled from the calendar. UAE-Team Emirates are taking the same approach, deciding to skip Paris-Nice too.

Mitchelton-Scott and Movistar will suspend all racing until at least the end of March while Astana are skipping Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, and Groupama-FDJ will only miss Tirreno-Adriatico - as things stand.

It has also been reported that UAE-Team Emirates rider Fernando Gaviria is currently in hospital with the virus, as well as Gazprom-Rusvelo rider Dimitry Strackov.

Education First's Tejay Van Garderen left Paris-Nice mid-race in order to travel back to the United States of America before the European travel ban, although latest news on this suggests that US citizens would not be stopped from re-entering their own country.

Women's teams

Mitchelton-Scott women's team will be joining their male counterparts in withdrawing from all racing until at least 22nd March.

CCC-Liv and Parkhotel-Valkenberg had both made the decision to skip the cancelled Strade Bianche and are likely to also consider withdrawing from the upcoming Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

This weekend's Ronde van Drenthe, set to be held in the Netherlands, has also been cancelled.

Further announcements are expected to follow.

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