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The Tour de France is on for August… Let’s hope. Geraint Thomas rides for 36 hours for charity – Top Story. Loads of other EUROTRASH news: Shortened Giro and Vuelta? No Vuelta start in Holland, Flanders in October, Belgian TT champs, Carlos Sastre: ‘August too early?’ Not a virtual Peter Sagan, Steven Kruijswijk talks Tour, Serge Pauwels looking forward, Wout van Aert plans, Tiesj Benoot can’t race until Christmas, Romain Bardet for the Tour, Alejandro Valverde losing motivation, Rohan Dennis cracks, Mathieu van der Poel Tour and Classics, knee injury for Greg Van Avermaet, Virtual Giro d’Italia and teams for the Digital Swiss 5. Keep safe out there.


TOP STORY: Geraint Thomas Raises More Than £300,000 for Healthcare Workers
Geraint Thomas wanted to contribute in a special way in the fight against corona and by cycling on his home trainer three times for twelve hours, he succeeded. The 2018 Tour winner raised more than £300,000 for the British healthcare staff.

A week ago, Thomas announced that he was going to ride 36 hours on Zwift in three days to support UK health workers. “I also want to do something to be able to contribute. And all I can do is ride a bike. From Wednesday I will ride three times twelve hours from my picturesque garage.” The Team Ineos rider called on other riders to virtually ride with him and donate for charity.

The length of twelve hours a day was not chosen at random, he wanted to put on the same hours as the employees of the NHS (the United Kingdom National Health Service) at this time. Through his social media, Thomas kept his followers informed of his charity work from his garage. The Brit did not have an easy time during his long sessions on the bicycle trainer. “Man, it’s getting really hard now. One last effort,” he said on the last day.

In the end, he raised more than 300,000 pounds, with team sponsor Ineos also making a contribution. “Thank you everyone for your support and donations,” Thomas wrote on his social media after his last ride. “They kept me going.”

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ASO wants to shorten Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España
To make room on the race calendar, Tour organiser, ASO, has requested to shorten the Giro d’Italia. Giro organisers Mauri Vegni and Paolo Bellino are not very keen on this proposal, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

According to Vegni, ASO has made a proposal to shorten the Vuelta, which ASO co-owns, to eighteen days. The three Dutch stages (Utrecht, Den Bosch and Breda) would be canceled and instead of three, only one rest day would remain.

To make room for other competitions, the French organiser asked RCS to do the same with the Giro. But the Italians don’t like the idea. “I have three goals: organise the Giro, hold the Giro for three weeks and get all our races on the calendar,” Paolo Bellino (director of RCS Sport) said in an interview.

“When the race calendar officially starts in mid-August, it is unrealistic to think that there will be no overlap. The UCI does not help us, but as always I trust that the length of the Giro will not be up for discussion. If not, I consider it a lack of respect. Not only towards the Giro, but towards the whole of Italy.”

Race Calendar according to La Gazzetta dello Sport:
European Cycling Championship Trentino (September 9-13)
Milan-San Remo (August?)
Tour de France (August 29-September 20)
World Cycling Championships (September 20-27)
Giro d’Italia (3-25 October)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (11 October)
Paris-Roubaix (October 18)
Vuelta a España (October 24-November 8)
Giro di Lombardia (October 31)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (November 8).

Three week Giro in 2020?
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Vuelta Start in Holland Postponed till 2022?
Cor Jansen, the initiator to bring the start of the Spanish Grand Tour to Utrecht, wants to postpone the project to 2022, with the necessary sense of reality.

Jansen thinks it is not right to organise large events as long as there is no vaccine against the corona virus. “My proposal: cry out and start over,” Jansen told RTV Utrecht. “As far as I’m concerned, no Vuelta start in Utrecht in November. Getting the Tour of Spain to Utrecht was and is intended as a folk festival and a public event open to everyone. Say an event as icing on a cake with a delicious base. Now it will be a forced event in the autumn and winter season.”

In addition, spending money on the Vuelta as a November event is a waste of the investment, Jansen thinks. “This is wrong with the general public and we also suffer from uncertainty and there is increased workload while companies and institutions fall left and right.”

Moving one year is not an option, because the start for 2021 has already been assigned to Burgos. Jansen prefers August 2022, and link the event to 900 years of Utrecht. “Then, together with the provinces of Brabant and Utrecht and the cities of Den Bosch and Breda, we will make it a beautifully accessible, sunny and relaxed cycling party. That will be one cherry and a delicious cake.”

Vuelta boss, Javier Guillén, is also in favour of not starting in Utrecht this autumn, due to the uncertain autumn climate. He prefers a start in the Basque Country, according to Spanish media: The Tour of Spain may start on October 24 in Basque Irun, reported El Diario Vasco. According to the Basque newspaper, the Spanish stage race will be shortened to 16 or 18 stages.

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Tour of Flanders Possibly on October 11
Now that the new 2020 cycling calendar is taking shape, speculation on when the Classics and other events has started. The UCI intends to give the three Grand Tours and the five Monuments preference on the new calendar. The Tour of Flanders organiser has an eye on the 11th of October.

“Everything is very preliminary and there are other possibilities during that period,” said Tomas Van Den Spiegel, director of Flanders Classics to Sporza. “After all, there are still too many meetings, with various parties, on the agenda in the near future to already say when the Ronde will really be held.”

“I have no problem with October 11, but there are many other people who also have to check the planning before this date can be taken as the truth. In any case, we have to take into account that there will be a double schedule in the new cycling calendar. There will certainly be one day races during the Grand Tours. I have no problem with that.”

“It is not up to us to say what needs to be done. Meetings are coming in which everyone involved in cycling is involved. Agreement is the message, although this is not always evident in cycling. Moreover, you may be mortgaging many other things if you unilaterally choose a date.”

The October 11 date is also circulating in Italian media. Paris-Roubaix would move to October 18, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Both races would overlap with the Giro d’Italia (October 3-25). The Tour of Lombardy (October 31) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (November 8) would be held at the same time as the cyclocross in Gieten and the European Championship cyclo-cross in Den Bosch.

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Koksijde Ready for Clash Between Evenepoel, Campenaerts and Van Aert
The Belgian time trial championship has been postponed from Thursday, June 18 to Thursday, August 20 due to the coronavirus. For many it is a bit premature, but according to mayor Marc Vanden Bussche of Koksijde, this is no problem. The coastal municipality says it is ready to organise the national title race against the clock. “We have the know-how for that.”

“I hope life will be somewhat more normal within four months than it is now. The Belgian time trial championships brings some hefty crowd pullers to Koksijde. We have the know-how to organise everything in perfect conditions,” Mayor Vanden Bussche told Belga news agency. “Besides, if the Tour de France can start a few days later, why wouldn’t we be able to organise the Belgian time trial championships in Koksijde?”

“The course is 13 kilometres long and is located outside the tourist zone. In addition, the summer holidays and the corresponding high season are coming. That is of a different caliber than the Belgian champs. We will take all necessary measures so that everyone will feel safe when he comes down to Koksijde.”

In recent years, the Belgian time trial championships has been one of the highlights in Belgium, with top riders such as Victor Campenaerts, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Thomas De Gendt, Tim Wellens and Yves Lampaert. Van Aert is the reigning champion, beating Lampaert and Evenepoel a year ago.

Congratulations from Evenepoel to Van Aert in 2019:
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Carlos Sastre: “Talking about racing in August already is nonsense”
Former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre finds it incomprehensible that cycling is already talking about races in August, he said to the Spanish news agency EFE. “To talk about a season that should start in late August in mid-April is nonsense,” said Sastre.

“It is extremely difficult to organise an event like the Tour de France or other major events. Then you have to add the circumstances to it,” Sastre refers to the current situation with the spread of the coronavirus. “I would like to see the Tour and other events, but the difficulty of managing the pandemic makes it even more difficult.”

“The Tour de France is without doubt the most important race of the season, but other races are also important,” said the now 44-year-old former rider, who acknowledges the current problems in cycling. “The situation is complicated because we were not prepared for this. This requires good management. I understand the situation of the teams, who all have to lead in a way. But I think the UCI is most concerned about the cycling World championships.”

Tour winner Sastre:
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Peter Sagan: “I’m a real rider, not a virtual one”
Peter Sagan is not a big fan of indoor training. His name has so far been missing from various e-sport events. On Instagram, Sagan says he does not plan to participate anytime soon.

Sagan is not a fan of roll riding. “I am a real rider, not a virtual one. Or maybe I should race the rollers with a motorbike,” he said with a grin. The three-time world champion is currently trying to make the most of it. “I’m fine,” he says. “I am currently quarantined in my apartment in Monaco. I am forced to train on the rollers and miss the feeling and the races on the road. But I am healthy. Others in the world are in much worse shape,” putting the situation in perspective.

He has no strong opinion about the reformed cycling calendar. “Together with the large organisers, they try to make the best of it. They do it better than I would. I can only wait until we can race safely again,” said Sagan, who plans to ride the Tour again when it continues.

Tour’20 for Sagan:
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Kruijswijk: “A special situation”
Steven Kruijswijk thinks it is still too early to think about the leadership in the Tour de France. Last week a date was planned for the Tour de France, but he hardly thinks about races. “It seems premature to me to look ahead,” Kruijswijk told NOS.

“It is a special situation for everyone,” continued the Jumbo-Visma leader. It does not mean much to him that a provisional calendar has been presented. “We all have to hope that we will still race this year. The concept is there. Now we have to look at the possibilities week by week. Are the borders open? Can we do training camps? That is only then the question.”

“The question is whether we can race. That is point 1 for all teams and organisations. That is very important,” said Kruijswijk, who would have ridden the Tour and the Vuelta this season. He indicates that the new program has not yet been extensively discussed within Jumbo-Visma. “The main goal remains the Tour. The team and management are currently monitoring everything. How will it be in the coming weeks? Are the measures becoming less stringent? Should we delete things? Then comes the question whether I can also race the Vuelta.”

A relocation of the Dutch Vuelta start in Utrecht to 2022 is welcomed by Kruijswijk. “I just read it too. That is not even such a bad idea in my opinion.”

Steven Kruijswijk has a lot of questions:
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Serge Pauwels Looking Forward
Serge Pauwels is happy that the UCI and ASO have set a date for the Tour de France, even though much remains uncertain due to the corona virus. “The most important thing is that we finally have something to look forward to. There is a bit of perspective, even if it is still months,” Pauwels told Sporza.

“Actually, not much changes for us, I also continue to train, quitting was not really an option. Until July 1 it will be basic training and then we will work more specifically towards the Tour. You will have an emptiness of competition anyway. You will miss that course hardness. You have to absorb that by training hard. I now train 80 percent of the normal volume.”

The Tour de France is now scheduled from August 29 to September 20. Many races leading up to the Tour will not be on the calendar, assuming the French tour can continue. “I am convinced that other riders will come forward,” says Pauwels. “You have to bridge this entire period. It is a very long winter, that’s how you should look at it.”

Pauwels’ main goal this year was the Tour, followed by the Vuelta. “We have yet to discuss that, but I think that combination can be done now. Tour and Giro or Giro and Vuelta, that does not work.”

Serge Pauwels leading De Panne:
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Wout van Aert Plans a Busy Autumn
When eventually racing gets underway this year, it promises to be a busy time for Wout van Aert. The Jumbo-Visma rider considers starting the cyclocross season without a break after the Tour and the Classics.

“I had two big goals – the spring Classics and the Tour – and they are both still there. I am very happy,” said Van Aert to Het Laatste Nieuws. “For me personally, there is only one major drawback: the World championship time trial coincides with the end of the Tour. For the pure time trialists, the World championships may be more important, but for me the Tour is not a race where you just get off. Certainly not in my case. I want to finish it once.”

So, there will probably be no place for him in the World time trial World championships. “But I’m already looking forward to the Tour. We try to win it with the team. We have the riders for it. I am very proud to belong to that group. I assume that the selection will remain as planned.”

After the Tour he focuses on the Classics and only then will he think about the cyclocross season. “I made the choice to ride Classics a few years ago and made it my goal to try and win them. Then you should not miss an opportunity. I think there will still be time to race afterwards. The road season will be much shorter this year than usual: I have not looked at it in detail yet, but I suspect that I will not need a break after the road season and will be able to go immediately into cross.”

Van Aert in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad:


Tiesj Benoot: “We can’t race until Christmas, can we?”
“It is good to now have certainty or some sort of guidance,” said Tiesj Benoot about the new UCI calendar. “But there are still question marks: will the Tour continue effectively and what about the other races? We can’t race until Christmas, can we?”

Stage win and second in the final classification of Paris-Nice. Tiesj Benoot was in top form when the coronavirus paralysed the world, including cycling. With the new date already known for the Tour de France and other races, he has another goal, he told Sporza.

But Benoot also has questions: “If we also have to get a full Giro and Vuelta after the Tour and the World championships, it will almost be racing until Christmas. You can’t organise a big lap in November and expect the riders to start their season again in January?”

Perhaps Benoot will contest the Tour de France as planned. “I am also looking forward to the Tour of Flanders, but then I hope it is with a full field of participants and not a watered down version.” Who will have an advantage in the Tour is difficult to say. “I am someone who performs well after a long training period. This year the Omloop was my first race and I was immediately good. Now perhaps other relationships will surface.”

Tiesj Benoot’s stage win in Paris-Nice 2020:


Romain Bardet for the Tour
AG2R-La Mondiale team leader Romain Bardet had set his sights on the Giro d’Italia before the start of the season. Now that the reformed calendar is known, the Frenchman has changed his mind. “I’m not going to wait at home in September,” he announced.

Bardet has been having a hard time: “Some mornings you really didn’t know why you get on your bike. I know, that is by no means the biggest problem of our society at the moment, but it is certainly a boost that the date has come for the restart of the season and that we can plan again. A top athlete needs goals.”

Bardet will ride the Tour de France, even if he had previously chosen the combination of Giro d’Italia/Olympics. He doesn’t feel like waiting for an Autumn Giro: “Will the Giro last three weeks anyway?” He asks. “I have doubts about the format of both the Giro and the Vuelta. Because there is simply no room for three Grand Tours in a span of three months. Teams will have to make choices. And the negotiations have clearly shown that the Tour has been given priority to save the season. And in all honesty: I don’t see myself spending the month of September waiting at home. I want to race. It will also be a unique Tour de France.”

According to Bardet, the Tour de France can count on a very strong field of participants. Vincenzo Nibali and Simon Yates also planned to ride the Giro, but Bardet cannot imagine that the top GC riders would miss the Tour just because of its position on the rescheduled calendar.

“Given the big interests at stake, I expect the top 30 or 40 in the world rankings in the Tour. And that will ensure a blood-curdling match. Whether it also makes it more open? Unfortunately I don’t have a crystal ball,” laughed Bardet, who also added that the Tour is an excellent preparation for the World championship road race on September 27.

Tour’20 for Romain Bardet:

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Valverde Losing Motivation: “Training on the rollers burns you up physically and mentally”
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde is also in quarantine at home, but the Spaniard seems to be having a difficult time. “I have little motivation because I don’t know what my next goals will be. Training on the rollers burns you up physically and mentally.”

Now that the UCI has presented a new calendar for 2020 earlier this week. “We want the sport to get going again, but to be honest I am very pessimistic that it will happen this year. At the beginning of the quarantine I was still hopeful, but I am increasingly thinking that there will be no racing at all,” he told El Mundo.

Nevertheless, Valverde tries to keep his rhythm. “I get up at seven, sit on the rollers for an hour and a quarter, then have breakfast and a good time with the family. I do strength training in the afternoon.”

Needing to race:
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Rohan Dennis Cracks Out of Quarantine in Gerona
Rohan Dennis posted on Instagram on Saturday afternoon saying: “Day 34 and I left home. Covid-19 can kiss my ass and so can quarantine.” The Ineos rider has since closed/suspended his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Dennis received a lot of criticism from his followers and initially stated his feeling, but then decided to take everything off-line and closed his social media. Dennis is in Gerona and at the moment you are not allowed to leave the house without a valid reason in Spain. Whether there will be legal consequences for Dennis is not yet known.

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Mathieu van der Poel to Focusing on the Tour and the Classics
Now that the UCI has announced the new calendar for 2020, Mathieu van der Poel has also started to make plans. He hopes his Alpecin-Fenix ​​team can participate in the Tour de France and also ai for the postponed Classics.

A year ago, Mathieu van der Poel showed his class in the Amstel Gold Race, but cycling has come to a halt due to the corona crisis. “This is an unreal situation, but I am certainly not becoming depressed,” he said to Het Nieuwsblad. “I also have the advantage that I have completed the cross season and that most road cyclists do not. That makes a difference.”

New dates for the Tour de France have been confirmed, the World championships will keep its scheduled dates and then the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España will follow. The most prestigious Classics will all continue this season on a date to be determined. Van der Poel calls it positive that teams and riders have now received a few targets. “The riders can cling to that. It is still too early for clear planning.”

According to Van der Poel, a lot depends on whether the Tour de France allows two extra teams to participate. “Then I really hope we’re there,” he says. His team Alpecin-Fenix ​​did not receive a wildcard in the first instance, but it is not impossible that the team can still participate. Riders’ union CPA called for two extra teams to be invited in the Grand Tours. “Philip Roodhooft (team manager) has already had contact with the ASO, I want to ride the Tour. I don’t really think about another Grand Tour. I now focus on the Tour and the classics.”

For Van der Poel, the road races are given priority over mountain bike and cyclocross. “By the way, there is now more overlap and cross comes in second place. That will be after the road season,” announced the cyclocross World champion of Tabor, Bogense and Dübendorf. Looking ahead: “2021 will look like 2020 should have looked like: cyclocross world championships, spring classics, world cups and mountain bike world championships and the Olympic Games as a top goal.”

Alpecin-Fenix ​team manager Christophe Roodhooft told Sporza: “It would be nice if we could get an unforeseen wildcard for a Grand Tour. Because all big tours have been moved to autumn, certain races will overlap. Perhaps a spot will become available in 1 of the 3 Grand Tours. Hopefully that is the Tour for us, because it is the most beautiful of all the big rounds.”

Initially, the plan was to have Van der Poel mountain biking at the Games this year, and to have in the Tour in 2021. “But now we are taking that mountain biking to 2021. And that creates a problem. We’ve had it in our minds for a while to ride the Tour with Mathieu in the summer of 2021. A combination of Tour-Games means that we have to put together a puzzle that we cannot put together. Of course, the Games only take place once in 4 years. But the Tour de France is also very beautiful.”

Tour and Classics before cross for the World champ:
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Knee Injury for Greg Van Avermaet
Greg Van Avermaet has suffered a slight knee injury, the CCC leader told De Morgen. “I have some problems with the knee, I think because of my bad position on the mountain bike,” he said. “It is an overload of the tendon above my knee, I also have that in winter when I do too many things that I don’t normally do. I don’t have any problems during the road season.”

The injury forces Van Avermaet to rest for a week, he will not visit a physiotherapist. “I am a bit afraid of an infection and prefer to come into contact with as few people as possible. I know a few people around with the virus who had no underlying health issues. They were in pretty bad shape. We cyclists have always been wary.”

The form was good in February:
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Bahrain-McLaren Joins the Line-Up for the Giro d’Italia Virtual
Team Bahrain McLaren is proud to announce its participation in the Giro d’Italia Virtual, a seven-stage race starting on Saturday, April 18th and concluding on May 9th.

Two stages will be a raced each week on Saturday and Wednesday featuring a duo of riders from each team who can be changed for each stage to allow for each team to field the best line-up. The Maglia Rosa jersey will be awarded to the top finisher of each stage with overall winner based on a team classification format.

Sonny Colbrelli says “This a new format of racing, but it’s still racing, and it’s great that we have the opportunity to compete during these challenging times. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on my Elite trainer, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that translates into race conditions against some of the other guys. It’s good to have that race feeling again”.
The streaming product of each stage will be recorded and after each stage, during a live show a selection of riders will be interviewed bringing to life the action and analysis as it all happened.

Giro organisers RCS Sport are also inviting retired stars and the general public to participate in completing the stages after each pro race. “Current times mean we all need to adapt, and this type of racing is just one example”

“The Giro will always be a special race for our team, so we are proud to be part of this new format. Current times mean we all need to adapt, and this type of racing is just one example. We are also proud to be part of an initiative created by the RCS that supports the Italian Red Cross and its fight against COVID-19 in one of the hardest-hit countries” says Rod Ellingworth, Team Principal.

Participating men’s team:
Team Bahrain McLaren
Astana Pro Team
Movistar Team
Team Jumbo-Visma
Italian National Team
Vini Zabù KTM
Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec
Bardiani CSF Faizanè

Giro d’Italia Virtual stages:
Stage 1 – Saturday, April 18
SAN SALVO > TORTORETO
32.1km – 480m vertical elevation

Stage 2 – Wednesday, April 22
CESENATICO > CESENATICO (NOVE COLLI)
32.7 km – 980m vertical elevation

Stage 3 – Saturday, April 25
UDINE > SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI
26.9 km – 550m vertical elevation

Stage 4 – Wednesday, April 29
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA > MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO
25.9km – 930m vertical elevation

Stage 5 – Saturday, May 2
PINZOLO > LAGHI DI CANCANO (Stelvio National Park)
30.0km – 710m vertical elevation

Stage 6 – Wednesday, May 6
ALBA > SESTRIERE
31.5 km – 1,180m vertical elevation

Stage 7 – Saturday, May 9
CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO > MILAN ITT
15.7km – 30m vertical elevation

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Pedersen, Nibali, Roglič to line up in Digital Swiss 5
World road race champion Mads Pedersen, Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet and last year’s Vuelta a España winner, Primož Roglič, are among the riders who will participate in The Digital Swiss 5 races next week.

The star cast also includes Julian Alaphillipe, who lit up the 2019 Tour de France, rising star Remco Evenepoel and Vincenzo Nibali, one of only two riders still competing who has won all three Grand Tours.

Over the five races starting on Wednesday, April 22, they’ll be joined on the ROUVY Indoor Cycling platform by other top riders whose specialisms cover one-day, stage and time trial racing. The 19 teams will field three riders in each race and can change their line-ups from day to day. The full list of riders is below and a start list will be published before each race.

Mads Pedersen, Trek-Segafredo, said: “Normally, I don’t like to spend time on my home trainer but right now, I actually enjoy it. Especially with the races coming up, it’s really nice that we can compete against each other and find a different solution in this difficult situation everyone is in. I think it’s great that we can race against each other while keeping our distance so I’m really looking forward to doing some hard racing and getting the heart rate up again.”

Greg Van Avermaet, CCC Team, said: “After my first taste of virtual racing a couple of weeks ago, I am interested to see how I go in The Digital Swiss 5. Virtual racing is definitely not easy. The races may be much shorter than normal races but the effort is much more intense and you have a much smaller window of opportunity to make the difference when it comes to tactics. I’m happy we are giving fans something to watch while we are not racing on the road. I think it’s important for everyone. As well as giving fans entertainment, it gives the riders some motivation and it is a chance for the teams to show their sponsors. We’re in for some tough races next week so I’ll give it everything I have to get another virtual win under my belt.”

Julian Alaphillipe, Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team, said: “I am really looking forward to racing The Digital Swiss 5. It is a new type of race for me, very different to anything I have done before, but I know the set-up will be really good and it is great that we are able to race during this difficult time and have something where we can focus and test our condition. I hope that the fans will enjoy watching what will be some tough days of racing.”

Edvald Boasson Hagen, NTT Pro Cycling, said: “Our entire team is excited about this new event. It’s nice to have a goal to aim for during this period in time where we can’t race on the road. I have spent a lot of time riding on the trainer at home in training, but to race on it will be a first. I think it will be exciting viewing for all the fans, it’s great for our sponsors and for us riders, I think it will be very, very hard racing, so it should be fun.”

Click here to download the full start list for The Digital Swiss 5

The riders are spread out across the world and most are only able to ride on their home trainers because of restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 virus.

The trainers pair with the platform and the riders watch the course and their position on their monitor in real-time. As the profile of the course goes uphill and downhill, the trainer automatically applies more or less resistance to the pedals.

The race routes are a mixture of flat, hilly and mountain profiles and are taken from the parcours of the Tour de Suisse. The ROUVY platform uses real video footage and riders are represented by an avatar, dressed in their team kit.

The Digital Swiss 5 races will be broadcast and streamed online around the world. Information about how to watch will be published shortly.

Cycling fans can take advantage of the ROUVY AR app to access a range of features whilst in “Spectator” mode, including the ability to find a rider anywhere on the course. The app is available to download and access free of charge on the ROUVY website: https://rouvy.com/en/download

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