Here are the first safety protocols of the 2020 Tour de France, with the departure from Nice. In France, the cases of Covid-19 are increasing dramatically. So the Aso, the organizing company of the race, issued a document explaining: "if two or more people have symptoms or are positive for Covid-19, the team will be put out of the race."
Meanwhile, the positivity of a runner emerged, that of the 30-year-old American Larry Warbasse, of Ag2R. The French team immediately decided to take precautionary measures, specifically for Geoffrey Bouchard, Axel Domont and Ben Gastauer.
No Tour de France for Mark Cavendish
No Tour de France for Mark Cavendish. No Tour de France for the best sprinter ever in the history of the Boucle: Cavendish counts 30 wins in the sprint, less than 4 from Eddy Merckx's absolute record which is now almost impossible to achieve.
Although the selection has not been officially announced, Bahrain-McLaren has made its choices and Cavendish, 146 career victories with 12 stages in the Giro, Sanremo 2009 and the 201 World Championship, is not in the 8 expected at the start of Nice, except for a last-minute repechage linked to possible mishaps of one of the owners.
Cavendish, born in 1985, has not won for more than two years (8-2-2018 at the Dubai Tour): he had not participated in the Tour even last year, after having been at the start for 12 consecutive editions (2007-2018). Vincenzo Nibali's former team will focus on Basque Mikel Landa, 4th in 2017, for the overall standings, as well as Dutchman Wout Poels.
Space also for Mohoric, Haller, Valls, Pello Bilbao and two Italians: Sonny Colbrelli from Brescia, who in the past touched on several times the stage success at the Boucle, and the Sicilian Damiano Caruso, a real pillar of the team that in the post- lockdown, at the Getxo circuit in Spain, has returned to winning ways after more than 7 years.
As for Cavendish, who joined the team this year, since the resumption he has participated in 3 short stage races (Vuelta Burgos, Tour of Poland, Tour of Wallonia) but has never managed to fight for success. The cycling World Championships was canceled!
The Road Cycling World Championships, scheduled for September 20-27 in Aigle Martigny, Switzerland, have been canceled due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by the organizers, explaining that following the decisions taken in these hours by the Swiss federal authorities, the major events that provide for the presence, for various reasons, of a thousand people are prohibited until September 30.
So organizing the World Cup becomes impossible. The UCI, the world federation, is looking for an alternative to carry out the World Cup, with a reduced formula (the two professional and professional online races) and, as reported by today's Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italy of President Di Rocco would be ready to host them.
But not only. The news of the cancellation, in the air for several weeks, was formalized by the UCI with a letter sent to the national federations. The letter underlines that the congress is also canceled and that a plan B is being worked on, to be defined within 15 days, to safeguard the athletes who were preparing for the World Cup.
The idea that currently prevails is that of a restricted program, therefore, and France appears to be the most likely destination.