Every race risks being canceled – including Tour de France, UCI says

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David Lappartient, president of the world’s cycling governing body, the UCI, admitted that every race this season, including the Tour de France, risked being canceled due to Covid-19.The Frenchman was speaking as cycling held its collective breath ahead of the WorldTour return on Saturday.

The app will be present at the men’s and women’s editions of Strade Bianche in Italy.

But such is the uncertain situation across Europe, and such is the challenge of trying to run multiple races simultaneously across the continent, no one can be sure how the next three months will play out.

“Every race is in danger, even the Tour,” said Lappartient. The Gazzetta dello Sport.

So far, five riders have been forced to withdraw from this week’s Vuelta a Burgos in Spain, where Belgian sensation Remco Evenepoel won Thursday’s third stage.

Although the five have not tested positive for Covid-19 themselves, they have come into contact with people who have and have been removed by their respective Israel Start-Up Nation and UAE Team Emirates teams.

Confusion has led EF Pro Cycling manager Jonathan Vaughters to describe the return of cycling to Spain as a ‘mess’.

Lappartient, however, praised the preventive actions of the UAE Team Emirates and the Start-Up Nation of Israel in Spain. And he stressed how important it is for each team to adhere to Covid-19 protocols.

On Wednesday, the UCI announced fines and other penalties for riders and race organizers who violated protocols.

“These are rules, not recommendations,” insisted Lappartient. “Cycling is not like Formula 1, which has only 20 drivers. We have 2000 men and women in the world. ”

Lappartient added that sport has a duty to its stakeholders to try to resume the season even if the races were ultimately to be called off.

“Our sport is still alive: other sports have canceled everything but we have a racing schedule,” he said. “The race in Siena [Strade Bianche] can send a message of hope for cycling and for all sport. We are back and want to give people something to smile about. Things are tough but cycling is strong.

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