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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Okay, Paris-Roubaix isn’t on this Sunday, but there is still a full EUROTRASH sack to empty this Thursday. Could the Tour de France be postponed for a month? – Top Story. Coronavirus is still making the news: Dumoulin talks Tour, Contador sells bike, Kwiatkowski offers apartments, Rowe arranges bike, compensation for Deceuninck, Mitchelton-Scott cut wages, Viviani going crazy, Carapaz in Ecuador, no Strava for Naesen, Cavendish had depression, virtual Tour de Suisse, fund for women’s teams, Adriatica Ionica Race and BC Superweek series cancelled, Team Novo Nordisk new partnership, NTT inspired, virtual Giro legends ride, Nys Academy video challenges and video message from the Sunweb team. Stay safe.

TOP STORY: Tour de France Postponed for Four Weeks?
Tour de France organiser, ASO, has asked all the start and finish towns and cities of the Tour de France whether it is possible to postpone the event for four weeks. From Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, August 16, reported Le Parisien. The French newspaper also made a survey and found that: “Everyone wants to be flexible.”

The Tour organiser refuses to accept the cancelation of the French Grand Tour due to the corona crisis. A number of team managers have also indicated that running the Tour de France is essential in the continued existence of their team. ASO boss, Christian Prudhomme, postponed the deadline to May 15 to buy time.

Le Parisien discovered that ASO has contacted all depart and finish locations with the question whether it is possible to postpone the race in their territory by four weeks. The newspaper did the same exercise and in turn surveyed all local authorities and found that everyone wanted to stay flexible on the situation. The Tour would be considered a victory over the pandemic.

This would mean a ‘Tour with an audience’, this would be logical from the point of view of the cities. According to the newspaper, they invest €80,000 for a start and €120,000 for a finish. They can only earn it back through the cycling fans who visit.

Will we see the Tour in 2020?

Dumoulin: “Maybe Move the Tour to Just Before the Vuelta”
Tom Dumoulin likes the idea of the Tour de France in August. Talking to Sporza, the Jumbo-Visma rider gave his opinion about a possible new calendar. “I don’t think it would be possible to move to September, but maybe it is possible just before the Vuelta?”

The 29-year-old Dutch rider is in favour of an extended season. As far as he is concerned, a permanent adjustment. “They should extend the season to mid-November and ride the spring races in the autumn, in October and early November. We keep the World champs in place and for that we ride the Tour and the Vuelta. The Giro? That will be difficult, unless at the same time as another Grand Tour.”

“But now that you are talking about it, I think that every season should move up a month. In mid-November it is often fantastic weather here in Belgium and the Netherlands, while in mid-February we sometimes still have snow or something. If we now extend this season to November, we will start a month later in 2021 and we will continue that period in the future. That seems fantastic to me.”

2020 should have been the year of Dumoulin’s return. He raced his last race in June 2019, due to knee injury and was no longer able to race. “I came from a rotten year and had high expectations for 2020: now we are going full steam ahead after that knee injury. But this year has not brought any luck so far.”

Tom Dumoulin hasn’t been seen much in the Jumbo-Visma kit:

Alberto Contador Auctions Special Bike to Fight Coronavirus
Alberto Contador wants to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus and has decided to auction a special bike for charity. The bike Contador is selling is the one used during the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in 2011, with the total proceeds going to the Red Cross.

The Spaniard won the 2011 Giro and finished 5th in the Tour de France a few months later, but these results were later taken away due to his doping suspension. Interested cycling enthusiasts can bid for the next few days on a white Specialized S-Works Tarmac. It started with a purchase price of €2500, but the (at the moment) highest bidder on e-Bay is willing to pay €10,000. Contador hopes to raise as much money as possible for the Red Cross, the humanitarian organisation that is currently busy fighting the COVID-19 crisis.

“I won with this bike on Etna, but also attacked with this bike on the Col de Télégraphe on the way to Alpe d’Huez,” Contador said in a video message. “I want to auction this bike for a good cause, because the coronavirus causes so much damage.”

Buy this unique bike from Alberto:
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Kwiatkowski Offers Medical Staff Apartments, Rowe Arranges New Bike
Michał Kwiatkowski has made several apartments available free of charge to medical personnel in his home city of Toruń. The 2014 World champion wrote on his Facebook page that he would like to thank doctors and nurses for their efforts during the corona crisis.

“There are no words to thank the medical staff for their work,” said Kwiatkowski. “Perhaps some doctors, nurses or other medical personnel are afraid to return to their apartment for fear of the health of their loved ones. My offer is valid for all nursing staff.” The apartments were available from Tuesday.

Ineos teammate, Luke Rowe also showed his support for the medical staff in his country with a sympathetic gesture. After an employee of Cardiff University Hospital posted on Twitter a message that his bicycle had been stolen after his shift, Rowe made sure he got a new one. “He asked me what my height was and what kind of bike I had and said he would have something delivered in the morning,” said a happy Tom Roberts to the BBC.

Michał Kwiatkowski:

Deceuninck CEO Talks to Lefevere About Compensation, But Not Pulling the Plug
Cycling teams fight to keep their heads above water. Some sponsors have turn off the money tap, others want compensation for missed publicity. Deceuninck – Quick-Step has not escaped either. “We are indeed talking about compensation,” said Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO of main sponsor Deceuninck.

“The missed spring is an issue,” Van Eeckhout told Het Nieuwsblad. “In our second season as main sponsor, we wanted to reap the benefits of the collaboration. That doesn’t work now.” Compensation is now being negotiated with Patrick Lefevere, CEO of the WorldTour team. “The agreement is to keep the discussions internal. We are not going to mention numbers. But it seems clear to me that we are not talking about an extra charge. I hope we get there ‘as decent people’. We know how many staff the team employs. It is certainly not the intention to pull the plug.”

Patrick Lefevere understands. “Last year, of course, they were spoiled. And now it is much less. But you also cannot say that we do not offer exposure. Our new media figures are better than last year. And last Sunday, more than 600,000 people watched the virtual Tour of Flanders.”

Lefevere has asked Deceuninck for an extension until April 20. He hopes to have a better view of what the rest of this year’s calendar can look like. And to know by then how far he can reduce his budget without too many problems. “Our staff is technically unemployed, people who work independently for the team, invoice less. Our fleet is at a standstill. We are already saving this way. I also want to wait until April 20 to get a global picture. Because it will not only be Deceuninck, but also Quick-Step, Maes, Lidl, Latexco…”

Francis Van Eeckhout and Patrick Lefevere:

Mitchelton-Scott Cut Wages
The financial consequences of the coronavirus are now affecting the Mitchelton-Scott team as it is the next WorldTour team to cut their riders and staff salaries.

In the case of the Australian team, this is a salary reduction of no around 70%, reported Het Nieuwsblad. After CCC Team (+/- 80%) Bahrain-McLaren (70%), Astana (30%) and Lotto-Soudal (10%), Mitchelton-Scott is the fifth WorldTour team to save on labour costs in the hope to survive the corona crisis.

The biggest victim is CCC for now. With the Polish team, three quarters of the staff, all self-employed, are fired immediately. That included doctors, soigneurs, mechanics and DS. The riders have been asked to give up 80% of their wages.

Lower wages for Mitchelton-Scott:
mitchelton scott

Elia Viviani: “I am going crazy training indoors”
Due to the lockdown in Italy, European champion Elia Viviani has also been sentenced to training on the rollers. The Cofidis sprinter doesn’t like it. “It drives me crazy,” he told Leggo.it.

“You are alone, in a small space. It is just the opposite of racing and training as we are used to. Sweating and suffering on the rollers is something completely different,” said Viviani. Since returning home from Paris-Nice on March 13, the Italian has been unable to train outside. And that is clearly difficult for him. “I don’t understand how anyone can maintain such a thing. I’ve been having a hard time after a month. It drives me crazy.”

Viviani believes that it has been decided in the meantime that there will be no Tour de France behind closed doors. “It was an absurd idea. Especially because that means that the pandemic is not quite over yet. In that case, we better stay home a little longer.”

The Italian sprinter does understand the fact that the organiser, ASO, will wait a while before making a final decision about whether or not to continue the Tour. “It is not a popular choice, but it is not illogical. The Tour starts on June 27. That’s on the limit. It is not going to be an easy decision.”

Viviani looking forward to racing again:

Richard Carapaz on the Situation in Ecuador
While the coronavirus is only just spreading in Ecuador, images of corpses and coffins in the streets of the metropolis of Guayaquil are spread all over the world. This to the horror of Richard Carapaz. “It is really heartbreaking to see what is going on in my country,” he said to La Gazetta dello Sport.

That the corona virus is now a major problem in the South American country, the reigning Giro winner pointed out that in Guayaquil, the morgues have now become overloaded, but vice-president Otto Sonnenholzer has promised to provide more hospital beds.

“We have all seen the terrible images, it really hurts. Guayaquil is the worst affected area. I live seven hundred kilometres away, but it is really an economic and tourist centre,” said Carapaz. “As a country we were not ready for the coronavirus, but we are not alone. Nobody was ready for this crisis. Fortunately, I live in an area where few people are infected. My parents live nearby and luckily they are still healthy.” The Ineos wants to help his countrymen during this difficult time. “I am thinking of helping people who are unemployed now, I want them to have enough to eat. It may be a small gesture, but it can make a huge difference.” Now that the situation in his home country of Ecuador is bad, Carapaz is hardly thinking about racing. “I still try to maintain my condition on the exercise bike, but because of the uncertainty it is difficult to set goals now. We should now think mainly of public health. Nevertheless, I believe that at some point we will return to a normal situation, but then we must show solidarity and do our bit. We can get out of this crisis.”

Carapaz in TourColombia:

No More Strava for Naesen
Oliver Naesen will no longer share his Strava data with the outside world. “The team asked us to stop sharing the rides.” Out of respect and solidarity for the people who are now in quarantine, the AG2R-La Mondiale Classics specialist told WielerFlits.

Naesen has been seen regularly in recent weeks on Strava. The 29-year-old rider completed a training ride of 350 kilometres on the Flemish roads three weeks ago. The man from West Flanders has now decided, after consultation with his team, to no longer share his rides with his followers on Strava after some criticism. “Our main values ​​are respect and solidarity. People who are now in quarantine do not understand that we can go outside. That hurts them.”

The Belgian is part of the AG2R-La Mondiale team and races with many French teammates, those riders are currently not allowed to train outside due to the lockdown in their home country. “I am in a ‘WhatsApp’ group with them and I can tell you that the French are going crazy. All they can do is ride the exercise bike for an hour and a half. That is good for once, but if that situation continues for longer, those men will go crazy.” The “Strava measure” also applies to the entire AG2R-La Mondiale team.

Oliver Naesen, no more Strava sections:

Mark Cavendish Struggled with Depression
Mark Cavendish has suffered from severe depression in recent years, the sprinter said in an interview with British ITV.

The downward spiral into which the 34-year-old Briton fell, started in the summer of 2017. In the fifth stage of the Tour de France he crashed with Peter Sagan and was seriously injured. A long period of rehabilitation followed. During that time, he also developed Pfeiffer’s disease, which delayed his return.

“Not knowing when you can race again… I’ve had that for two years. It was every day on the exercise bike and in the gym to be able to return to cycling.”

Cavendish was diagnosed with clinical depression in August 2018. “It was dark,” he says of that period. “Not only my physical health was hit hard. During that period I also had to fight hard with depression. I think I am out now and can look at things in a positive way again.”

All cycling races have been canceled for the time being due to the corona virus. For Cavendish, that again means an uncertain time without races. “Now it’s not just me. In the past I was the only one who was wrong and the rest was fit. At the moment no one can race and everyone is at home. It makes little sense now to be frustrated. All we can do is try to keep everyone healthy and back to the old as soon as possible.”

Mark Cavendish:

Eighteen Teams to Start the Virtual Tour de Suisse
Eighteen teams have said they will participate in the virtual edition of the Tour of Switzerland, Velon announced. In The Digital Swiss 5, from 22 to 26 April, the riders will ride part of the route of the Tour of Switzerland on their home trainers.

The field consists of fifteen WorldTour teams, two ProTeams and the Swiss national team. Astana, Bahrain-McLaren, Cofidis and UAE-Emirates are the only WorldTour teams missing. The teams will ride on the digital platform Rouvy, both flat and mountain stages. Real video images of the route are used. The data of the riders (speed, power and cadence) will be shown during the races. The teams may send three riders per stage. The selection may be adjusted every stage.

Participating teams The Digital Swiss 5 (22-26 April):
AG2R-La Mondiale
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
EF Pro Cycling
Israel Start-Up Nation
Lotto Soudal
NTT Pro Cycling
Rally Cycling
Total Direct Energy
Swiss national team.

Virtual Suisse:

Slappendel Calls for Emergency Fund
Iris Slappendel believes that the UCI does not pay enough attention to the consequences of the corona crisis for women’s cycling. The founder of the union The Cycling Alliance pleads in the NRC for an emergency fund.

Slappendel sent a letter to the UCI asking what they will do to help teams get through the crisis financially. “They sent back that they are on top of it,” said Slappendel. “I haven’t heard anything else. They shout that they think women’s cycling is important, but now we see where the priorities lie. Messages about safety and moving matches are aimed at men. We don’t hear anything.”

The consequences of the corona crisis are of course also noticeable in the women’s peloton. “Team leaders say it’s a matter of time before they can’t pay salaries because sponsors can’t meet their obligations. This will have a major impact next year,” she predicts.

Slappendel sees an emergency fund to help the teams as a possible solution. According to the newspaper, the UCI had 43 million euros in the bank in 2018.

Iris Slappendel:

Adriatica Ionica Race Called Off to Target 2021
The stage race organised by the former World Champion Moreno Argentin, scheduled from June 14th to 18th, will not take place: “There are other priorities actually, everything except cycling events”

Adriatica Ionica Race stage race joins the already endless list of cycling events not to be held on scheduled dates due to the Coronavirus. Despite the race was planned in the International calendar from June 14th to 18th, while the UCI has blocked the activity until end of May , the organising committee lead by former World Champion Moreno Argentin have chosen to call it off. “There is no point in waiting for some more weeks”, Argentin explained. “Right now we can’t see a decent chance to organise the event in a suitable environment, either for the safety of public and athletes and for the great uncertainty due to the outbreak, which will result in a hard and longer economic crisis”.

Hence the Sportunion’s decision to suspend the 2020 edition of the stage race: “Theoretically we could ask for a new date in the last quarter of the year, but unlikely it would be a good choice” Argentin added. “Local authorities and our partner companies have other priorities at the moment. Much better to focusing on a new start in 2021, albeit aware that after the coronavirus nothing will be like before, and cycling will not be an exception”.

This year’s Adriatica Ionica Race would have been the third edition. Shaped in 2018 with the project of expanding from Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia to the neighbouring countries of the European Union, the race has placed itself at the forefront for its technical features, testing riders both with fast or high-mountain routes, in addition to exciting Flemish-style cobbled or dirt paths.

Remco Evenepoel launching his attack at 2019 Adriatica Ionica Race, followed by Fausto Masnada:

BC Superweek Pro Cycling Series Cancelled for 2020
It is with regret that BC Superweek organisers have cancelled this year’s series due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The BC Superweek series is planned to be staged next year from July 9 – 18, 2021.

Of utmost importance is the health and safety of all who make BC Superweek one of the biggest professional cycling events in North America – the public in each community and visitors from around the world, sponsors and partners, volunteers, athletes, teams, and guests. Organisers also feel there is a broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge.

Since the emergence of the coronavirus outbreak, BC Superweek organisers have followed guidance from all levels of government and public health authorities about the year-round operation and planning of each event.

“With the likelihood that measures related to COVID-19 will continue for the foreseeable future, we must act responsibly to protect the many people who come together for BC Superweek from being at risk,” said Series Director Mark Ernsting.

These considerations are especially related to concerns regarding mass gatherings and the strain on emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions within Canada and around the world.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 9 – 18, 2021 and is made up of the Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development, PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres, and Tour de White Rock.

BC Superweek Tour de White Rock Criterium:
2016 BCSuperweek Tour de White Rock Criterium, NigelELLSAY(CAN-SPC)

Team Novo Nordisk and Beyond Type 1 Announce New Partnership
Team Novo Nordisk and Beyond Type 1 come together to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes through their various digital platforms and community efforts

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and Beyond Type 1, a global nonprofit organisation changing what it means to live with diabetes, announced a partnership that will bring the two organisations together around in-person events and online activations to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes.

Beyond Type 1 is a nonprofit organisation changing what it means to live with diabetes. By leveraging the power of social media and technology, Beyond Type 1 empowers people to both live well today and support a better tomorrow. Through peer support programs, global campaigns, and digital platforms, Beyond Type 1 is uniting the global diabetes community across both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, helping to change what it means to live with chronic illness.

“This is one of the most symbiotic and natural partnerships in the history of the Team Novo Nordisk and we are eager to see what we can do together to change what it looks like to live with diabetes,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland. “We’ve enjoyed watching Beyond Type 1’s growth over the past five years and can’t wait to empower our combined communities to keep chasing their dreams with diabetes.”

Recently Beyond Type 1 announced that it would expand its collection of websites, resources, and unique content into five new languages: Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Swedish. This builds upon its existing English and Spanish content.

2020 marks Team Novo Nordisk’s eighth season racing as part of the International Cycling Union (UCI) ProSeries, which takes them to numerous countries around the world in Europe, USA, Africa, and Asia as they race to change diabetes. Team Novo Nordisk has more than three dozen athletes and ambassadors from 18 different countries within its pipeline. This includes six native French speakers, six native Spanish speakers, five native Dutch speakers, two native German speakers, and two native Italian speakers.

“Team Novo Nordisk’s international cyclists offer tremendous inspiration, showcasing how people with diabetes can compete at the highest of levels,” said Beyond Type 1 CEO Thom Scher. “We’re thrilled to be working together to serve new communities globally, working together to provide education and raise awareness for everyone impacted by diabetes.”

By combining the strengths and expertise of the two organisations, this partnership will focus on high-value and engaging digital content that empowers the global diabetes community.

Team Novo Nordisk training’20:

‘Be Moved’ Inspires NTT Pro Cycling
“At a time when we can’t move, we are still moved”

NTT Pro Cycling is proud to initiate ‘Be Moved’: a call to action to open our hearts to the humanity around us, as the world is currently gripped with the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Be Moved’ comes about after a range of extensive team-wide discussions as to what the current global crisis means, not only to our cycling team but extended into our personal lives and communities across the world. This concept was created together with our partners at the T+W Content Creation Agency, world leaders in the art of storytelling.

The Coronavirus has restricted movement dramatically and it is in this context that the greater purpose of our team and our partnership with the Qhubeka Charity is highlighted. Qhubeka means “to move forward” and their quest to distribute bicycles to communities in need across the African continent is even more relevant to mobilise healthcare workers and those in need of transport at this time.

Since the escalation of global measures to contain the virus has seen team members confined to their homes our team has been hard at work ensuring that we are better connected. This includes regular engagements with our partners to share knowledge and expertise across a variety of contexts.

The team’s three pillars of focus being family, purpose and opportunity is portrayed in ‘Be Moved’. It is not merely a hashtag, but reflects on what our true meaning and purpose is in this changing world.

Douglas Ryder, Team Principal of NTT Pro Cycling: “Be Moved speaks to the essence of what this team is about. At NTT Pro Cycling and with our partners we move to move others, we race to win and to mobilise people in Africa. This is our purpose, it inspires us and gets us up in the morning; and is what moves us forward each day. It unites us, makes our hearts beat to a different pulse as can be heard in the riders and staff who contributed to the voiceover in this video. We may be physically alone but this connects us. Be Moved.”

Gareth Whittaker, CEO T+W: “The impact that this team has on the lives of thousands of kids across the African continent moves me. I love that whilst we’re all sitting at home, we are still able to be moved. Working with Doug and his team to help tell the story of NTT Pro Cycling is a great privilege. This short story, does a goose bumps job of telling that story, virtual hugs to all.”

More info at: www.teamnovonordisk.com.

giro legends
Giro d’Italia and a Host of Cycling Legends Launch Indoor Riding Fundraiser Taking Place This Easter Sunday Until 10 May in Aid of the ItalianTALIAN Red Cross – #GIROLEGENDS
Sunday 12 April will see ex-pro legends of the sport cycle the closing kilometres of the Giro’s Giovinazzo – Vieste stage alongside fans, courtesy of Garmin Edge. From 18 April, riders will then also be able to join the pros in all 7 stages of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. Tune into each ‘Live Post Stage’ Broadcast on the Corsa Rosa’s Social Media.

Easter Sunday will see a host of ex-professional giants of the sport including Mario Cipollini, Gianni Bugno, Francesco Moser, Giuseppe Saronni, Stefano Garzelli, Ivan Basso and Claudio Chiappucci ride the Giro d’Italia Legends. Cycling fans from across the world will be able to join the event, riding the final 37.4 kilometres of the 2020 Giro’s Giovinazzo – Vieste stage. A live post-stage broadcast, taking place at 17:00 CEST, will give participants the chance to interact with their favourite cycling legends via the Corsa Rosa’s social media channels.

The Giro d’Italia Virtual, featuring a further 7 stages in which fans will be able to ride with the pros, will begin on Saturday 18 April. Proceeds raised from both events will be donated to the Italian Red Cross (www.retedeldono.it/giro).

The world of cycling takes to the virtual roads of the Giro d’Italia to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus with the launch of a charity event. Recently, in the pages of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mario Cipollini (the Corsa Rosa’s stage win record holder) and Gianni Bugno (President of the Association of Professional Cyclists) called for the organisation of a charity fundraiser to combat the coronavirus. In just a few days, RCS Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport answered, organising the Giro d’Italia Legends, which will take place on Easter Sunday, 12 April, and the Giro d’Italia Virtual that will follow, beginning on Saturday 18 April. The two events will provide fans with a chance to experience the excitement of the Giro virtually as the world continues to collectively confront the Covid-19 epidemic.

The Giro d’Italia Legends – the “prologue” to the Giro d’Italia Virtual – will follow the final 37.4km of stage 9 of the original 2020 Giro route, offering fans and ex-professionals alike a new digital experience created in collaboration with Garmin Edge. The event, with no official race rankings, will take place from 11:00 to 18:00 CEST on Sunday 12 April. Cycling stars of the past participating in this exciting new prologue will include: Mario Cipollini, Gianni Bugno, Paolo Bettini, Claudio Chiappucci, Davide Cassani, Stefano Garzelli, Ivan Gotti, Maurizio Fondriest, Alessandro Ballan, Filippo Pozzato, Andrea Tafi, Michele Bartoli, Daniele Bennati, Stefano Allocchio, Alessandro Bertolini, Giuseppe Guerini, Riccardo Magrini, Andrea Noè, Matteo Montaguti, Francesco Chicchi, Mario Scirea, Marco Velo, Alessandro Vanotti and Alberto Volpi.

Fundraising for the Italian Red Cross in Partnership with Rete del Dono
RCS Sport will be promoting a fundraising initiative in aid of the Italian Red Cross throughout both events, accepting donations via the Rete del Dono giving portal, available at www.retedeldono.it/giro. Donations made via the portal from 12 April to 10 May will enable the humanitarian organisation to continue working at the front line of the Covid-19 emergency, offering first responder aid, virus screening and psychological and logistical support amongst other vitally important activities in the fight against the epidemic. The fundraising campaign has been made possible by Rete del Dono – a longstanding partner of RCS Sport and notable coordinator of numerous successful sporting charity programs, including the Milano Marathon and Gran Fondo Strade Bianche. In the last few weeks alone, Rete del Dono has activated more than 70 fundraising campaigns aimed at battling the Covid-19 emergency.

The Official Route of the Giro d’Italia Legends
Sunday 12 April from 11:00 to 18:00 CEST
Giovinazzo > Vieste (Panoramica del Gargano) – final 37.4km, 475m vertical elevation

Cycling fans will also be able to hear the thoughts, impressions and experiences of the riders participating in the event in a live post-stage broadcast. The livestream, available to watch on the Giro’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram social channels, will begin at 17:00 CEST.

From Saturday 18 April to Sunday 10 May, a calendar featuring twice weekly booked appointments (from Saturday to Tuesday and Wednesday to Friday) for the Giro d’Italia Virtual’s 7 stages will be made available to users taking part in the event. Further details around this will be unveiled next week.

Giro d’Italia Legends: How to Connect
To experience the excitement of the virtual event, all any rider will need is a compatible Garmin Edge cycling computer (such as the Edge 520, Edge 530, Edge 820, Edge 830, Edge 1000 or Edge 1030) to host the stage’s route, and a new generation smart trainer such as those offered by Tacx, or any other brand of interactive smart trainer with similar features, to connect with their bike.

To access the route, riders simply enter the Garmin Connect portal (access is free), join the Giro d’Italia Legends – Amatori group (https://www.garmin.com/it-IT/blog/giro-d-italia-legends/) and, from the group’s calendar, click on 12 April. The rider will be guided in downloading the track to be installed on the Edge, which is ‘coupled’ with the smart trainer, and set up ready to pedal on the route.


Sven Nys Academy Free Video Challenges
In the second week of the Easter holidays, 125 children looked forward to a holiday camp in Baal where they would master the tricks of cyclocross and mountain biking. The corona virus has thrown a spanner in the works, so Sven Nys has provided a creative alternative with the online Sven Nys Academy.

“From next Monday (April 13, red), Sven and Thibau will give a video challenge every day at 10 am that the children can practice at home,” the academy announced. “It is free to view for everyone. Including some ‘tips & tricks’. We hope to give the youth some sporting entertainment during their vacation.” The kids who registered for the holiday camp will receive a second video in the afternoon as an extra.

More info on www.instagram.com

Stay Home Stay Safe
These are tough and challenging times for everyone throughout the world but we’re all in this together. #StayHomeStaySafe, listen to your government’s guidelines, look our for your loves ones and together we can fight Covid-19.


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