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Nairo Quintana convinces Colombian government to allow pro cyclists to train outside

The two-time Grand Tour champion has worked with government to have restrictions eased

Joe Robinson
4 May 2020

Nairo Quintana has convinced the Government of Colombia to allow professional cyclists to train outside. Varying rules had been put in place across each municipality of Colombia, however most parts of the country had temporarily banned cycling outdoors as part of measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, the government had relaxed rules to allow one hour of exercise a day, however, having lobbied the Colombian Minister of Sport Ernesto Lucena, Quintana has secured the right of professional cyclists to resume full training.

Lucena confirmed that any rider with a UCI licence will now be able to start training during an Instagram Live chat with Quintana.

'The idea is that only professional cyclists who have a UCI licence will be able to go out to train and it will be up to the mayor in each municipality to create their own regulations,' said Lucena.

'Nairo has been a great voice for all of them [cyclists] and they will be able to train again because it is their job, they make their livelihoods from that and they give joy to Colombians. The request from Nairo has been heard.'

Rules have been split in Colombia as to whether you can continue to ride outside. While some have been restricted to indoor training, others have been able to continue riding outdoors.

In the region of Zipaquira, Mayor Wilson Garcia allowed five riders, including Team Ineos's Egan Bernal, to continue riding outside as long as they trained between 5am and 8am and kept a five-metre distance from others.

Professional cyclists in Colombia will join those in France, Italy and Spain who are slowly being allowed to resume training as normal.

This weekend just gone saw cyclists in Spain allowed out to cycle for the first time in over a month while professional cyclists in France, including Bernal's teammate Chris Froome, will be allowed outdoors from 11th May.

For those in France, training will not be kept to a time limit but will have to take place within 100km of the household with a 10m distance from others to be respected at all times.