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Milan-San Remo postponed till later date, organiser confirms

Milan San Remo Poggio
Joe Robinson
6 Mar 2020

Ongoing coronavirus situation sees all races in Italy throughout March cancelled till later date

All professional bike races in Italy scheduled for March, including Milan-San Remo, have been postponed until further notice, organisers have confirmed.

This means that Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Settimana Coppi e Bartali and Tour of Sicily will all be suspended until a new date can be found later in the season.

This joins the men's and women's Strade Bianche and GP Industria & Artigianato as races to have already suffered this fate.

Italy is currently dealing with a major outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, with confirmed cases now having reached the thousands.

Some areas of northern Italy have been in lockdown for the past week while other sporting events with mass crowds, like football and rugby, have already been postponed.

RCS, which organises Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Sicily, confirmed the decision to postpone the events in a press release on Friday morning.

'Following the confirmation by the relevant authorities that they are unable to grant appropriate authorisations, RCS Sport announces that the cycling race Tirreno-Adriatico is cancelled from its original dates,' the statement read.

'Furthermore, as the appropriate authorities have verified that suitable conditions do not exist for them to be unable to guarantee the provisions of the DEcree of the President of the Italian Republic, on 4th March 2020, and to guarantee the safeguarding of public health and the safety of people involved, RCS Sport has made the decision to cancel Milan-San Remo and Giro di Sicilia.' 

 

A number of men's WorldTour teams had already announced plans to skip both Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo as a precaution, while some women's teams had followed suit with the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

There is no indication at this stage when the rearranged events could potentially be slotted into an already crowded 2020 calendar, but priority will be given to the men's Milan-San Remo and the women's Trofeo Alfredo Binda due to their high-profile status.