White: sponsors can dictate Tour de France training


While the Tour de France and several other WorldTour races received a lifeline on Tuesday with the announcement by the UCI of a new version of the sports calendar, the fact that so many major events are condensed in such a small window raised several questions.

A major problem facing teams is the selection of players, Mitchelton-Scott’s sporting director Matt White, saying that some sponsors can persuade teams to focus their training on the Tour de France. Assuming that sporting events can take place – and it is at this distant stage – and that travel and social distancing restrictions are relaxed enough for the race to resume, teams will have logistical and selection dilemmas on a scale that they have never seen before.


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