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Old 03-05-20, 07:34 AM
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Strade Bianchi (also) cancelled due to Corona Virus

Strade Bianche has been cancelled.

Uncertainty over the fate of the 2020 edition was rife due to the spread of coronavirus in Italy, as a number of teams had already pulled out of the race.





The organiser of Strade Bianche, RCS Sport, informed teams that the race will not be held on Saturday (March 7) and then released a public statement.

No announcement has been made about Tirreno-Adriatico or the first Monument of the year, Milan-San Remo.

The statement from the organiser said: “RCS Sport has agreed with the appropriate authorities to cancel the two cycling races scheduled for Saturday: Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite.





“RCS Sport will request the UCI, via the Italian Cycling Federation, to allocate a new date on the international cycling calendar for Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite.”

The organiser met with the Mayor of Siena on Thursday morning (March 5) and confirmed it would not be able to meet the restrictions set out by the Italian government for holding a sporting event during the outbreak.

Ag2r announced they would be pulling out of Tirreno and San Remo scheduled for this month to protect the health of their riders.

Team manager Vincent Lavenu said: “I cannot risk the health and integrity of our staff when the health situation is so unstable in Italy, and many legitimate questions have been raised within the team.

“Sporting interests should not overshadow prudence and wisdom when it comes to public health. We are very sorry for the organisers of these legendary races and we have informed them this morning of our decision.”

The chances of the Italian spring races being held fell dramatically when the Italian government banned all public sporting events on Wednesday evening (March 4), as a measure to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Six Nations rugby matches are due to be held behind closed doors while Serie A football matches in Italy have been postponed, but it was unclear what the decision meant for a bike race held on public roads.

>>> Cycling and coronavirus: Everything you need to know

A number of top-tier teams had already announced they would not be racing in Italy in the coming weeks because of concern for the health of their riders and due to the risk of spreading the virus further.

Women’s UCI team Parkhotel Valkenburg were the first to announce they would not race in Siena or the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, with Jumbo-Visma, Team Ineos, and Astana also withdrawing from races.
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Sad for the teams, fans, and the benefit the races bring to the regions. But completely the correct decision.

I honestly think Zwift could step up and if not save the day, at least provide a bit of levity and entertainment by staging a race that the teams scheduled to ride in the cancelled races could participate in. Teams could "race" from the confines of their respective locations (even from the individual riders' homes). Set up a youtube feed for the races and have a SuperChat where all donations went to virus research and prevention.
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It looks like the next few weeks of racing will be obliterated. Several teams (Ineos, Michelton Scott, maybe others?) have already announced that they are withdrawing from all races until March 22-March 23 or so. I expect more teams will follow and that will force the races to cancel.
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Originally Posted by Riv-Lantis View Post
Sad for the teams, fans, and the benefit the races bring to the regions. But completely the correct decision.

I honestly think Zwift could step up and if not save the day, at least provide a bit of levity and entertainment by staging a race that the teams scheduled to ride in the cancelled races could participate in. Teams could "race" from the confines of their respective locations (even from the individual riders' homes). Set up a youtube feed for the races and have a SuperChat where all donations went to virus research and prevention.
very good idea 👍
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Why are professional people wimping out like this? Way more people are dying from car accidents, overdoses, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Nobody is ****zing out about this stuff.
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Why are professional people wimping out like this? Way more people are dying from car accidents, overdoses, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Nobody is ****zing out about this stuff.
My guess is the unknown. Maybe coronaviris will turn into a pandemic. Maybe not. Maybe it can be cured. Maybe not. I think it's better safe than sorry.

Car accidents, overdoeses, etc, are a known quantity. Necessary precautions are being taken. There is research about how to treat it.
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Why are professional people wimping out like this? Way more people are dying from car accidents, overdoses, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Nobody is ****zing out about this stuff.
Somebody doesn't understand the mathematics of geometric growth.
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Add to that the Sea Otter Classic. I got an email this morning stating that they will reschedule but no dates. I think we're going to see more and more events cancelling.
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Add to that the Sea Otter Classic. I got an email this morning stating that they will reschedule but no dates. I think we're going to see more and more events cancelling.
i saw that. I think it’s far to early to get this worked up over this issue. That’s the world we live in now (unfortunately)
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My guess is the unknown. Maybe coronaviris will turn into a pandemic. Maybe not. Maybe it can be cured. Maybe not. I think it's better safe than sorry.

Car accidents, overdoeses, etc, are a known quantity. Necessary precautions are being taken. There is research about how to treat it.
but the shear number of deaths for those issues is astronomical and nobody cares
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but the shear number of deaths for those issues is astronomical and nobody cares
the problem is mass gathering and global travel. You drive in your car, you have a small risk of dying. Bring 100,000 people to an event, and while the risk for those 100,000 is small, you risk accelerating the spread of the disease, and taking it with the participants and tourists around the globe.

Public health officials may be overreacting, but you can’t unring the bell if you under react
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Why are professional people wimping out like this? Way more people are dying from car accidents, overdoses, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Nobody is ****zing out about this stuff.
you also have to consider that professional cyclists are on the edge of what’s healthy. Top form is perilously close to immunosuppressed. Very fine line between race fit and sick.

thus, these guys are huge germaphobes, and rightfully so. They are at greater risk than your average young adult in contracting Covid 19, and getting it would at least destroy your season.
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Another thing is that most people do not die from this
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Why are professional people wimping out like this? Way more people are dying from car accidents, overdoses, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Nobody is ****zing out about this stuff.
you also have to consider that professional cyclists are on the edge of what’s healthy. Top form is perilously close to immunosuppressed. Very fine line between race fit and sick.

thus, these guys are huge germaphobes, and rightfully so. They are at greater risk than your average young adult in contracting Covid 19, and getting it would at least destroy your season.
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but the shear number of deaths for those issues is astronomical and nobody cares
They do care. They make cars safer. They lower speed limits. They make seat belts mandatory. They do checkpoints for drunk driving. They pour tons of money into cancer research. They train people how do treat overdoses. They encourage people to be healthier to prevent risks of heart attack. Is that going to stop them? No. But they are doing what they can.

I think the coronavirus threat is still so new they are just trying to contain it before they can combat it.
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please don't affect the TDF
please don't affect the TDF
please don't affect the TDF
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They do care. They make cars safer. They lower speed limits. They make seat belts mandatory. They do checkpoints for drunk driving. They pour tons of money into cancer research. They train people how do treat overdoses. They encourage people to be healthier to prevent risks of heart attack. Is that going to stop them? No. But they are doing what they can.

I think the coronavirus threat is still so new they are just trying to contain it before they can combat it.
could be 👍
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please don't affect the TDF
please don't affect the TDF
please don't affect the TDF
I'm betting even money it will affect the Giro.
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Mitchelton-Scott are going the Zwift route. Gravel ride with some of their top tier this Sunday morning at 6am Eastern time U.S.
If anyone would like to join, I plan on riding. Shoot me a PM and we'll share Zwift names and some thumbs-up.

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Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico "postponed"

Seven teams have withdrawn from Paris Nice https://www.cyclingnews.com/features...rawal-tracker/

Expect more of the same. Not just in southern Europe.

****z getting real, folks.

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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico "postponed"

Seven teams have withdrawn from Paris Nice https://www.cyclingnews.com/features...rawal-tracker/

Expect more of the same. Not just in southern Europe.

****z getting real, folks.
I'm guessing those of us paying for streaming sports coverage of cycling racing....are probably not going to be getting much ROI.

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I was literally just about to subscribe to FloBikes so I could watch all the spring classics.
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I was literally just about to subscribe to FloBikes so I could watch all the spring classics.
I literally just did.made an account and waited a few days...got a 20% off code--and said screw it. And now...ofc...there's no cycling
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Giro is done is my guess

TDF is the TDF. Only a world war should shut it down.
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