Effects of coronavirus on professional races

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I really want them to do it on Zwift now. Looking forward to a screen, divided into lots of small frames, in each a rider sweating at home, next their crying little children, their excited mothers, their pianos, dining tables, huddles of dirty clothes... filmed by their webcams or a friend with a smartphone in his hand.
 
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Mitchelton Scott will not race until March 22

Skipping the Italian races I understand from a mass panic standpoint (and they will be canceled anyway), but skipping Paris-Nice makes absolutely no sense. The people who made this decision are probably also hoarding toilet paper and instant noodles.
 
I really want them to do it on Zwift now. Looking forward to a screen, divided into lots of small frames, in each a rider sweating at home, next their crying little children, their excited mothers, their pianos, dining tables, huddles of dirty clothes... filmed by their webcams or a friend with a smartphone in his hand.
Zwift Strade Bianche should obviously be done outdoor, so riders can have volunteers hit them with a waterhose.
 
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Skipping the Italian races I understand from a mass panic standpoint (and they will be canceled anyway), but skipping Paris-Nice makes absolutely no sense. The people who made this decision are probably also hoarding toilet paper and instant noodles.
Wondering if it's from higher up cause sponsors don't wanna be "that team that casually strolled through an epidemic"
 
As for Italy based races i am afraid that the paranoia has won. Best to wait and see what happens with Paris-Nice, as the race is just around the corner.

P.S. If Paris-Nice gets canceled i doubt we will see any racing before April or May, at best.
 
IMHO the big issue is how to avoid the chaos like what happened in the UAE Tour. There's too much uncertainty for teams it a positive case is handled like that. ASO is the most competent organizer so I expect that they will have a good plan in place before Sunday.
 
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I really want them to do it on Zwift now. Looking forward to a screen, divided into lots of small frames, in each a rider sweating at home, next their crying little children, their excited mothers, their pianos, dining tables, huddles of dirty clothes... filmed by their webcams or a friend with a smartphone in his hand.
Oh, I can see it now. Kids begging their dads for who knows what while dad is trying to complete a race on Zwift, with the web cams showing everything. Don't forget the trophies on shelves somewhere near where the bike is. Plus pictures on the walls and a TV somewhere that the kids are watching cartoons on. LMAO, this could humorous.
 
Skipping the Italian races I understand from a mass panic standpoint (and they will be canceled anyway), but skipping Paris-Nice makes absolutely no sense. The people who made this decision are probably also hoarding toilet paper and instant noodles.
Agreed. And what's the deal with the toilet paper anyways? That's disappeared from our shelves in Seattle, but . . . but, this is not an intestinal illness. Also bottled water cleared out--but it's not getting into the water supply!
 
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Agreed. And what's the deal with the toilet paper anyways? That's disappeared from our shelves in Seattle, but . . . but, this is not an intestinal illness. Also bottled water cleared out--but it's not getting into the water supply!
Here in NC (1 case in Raleigh) it's hand sanitizer that's disappeared from store shelves. But why toilet paper? I get the clorox, bleach, sanitizer, and paper towels, but somethings make no sense. Like when a hurricane is headed this way why people buy refrigerated stuff when the power is likely to go out I have no idea.
 
The text of the special law is out, we can stop reading rumors and speculations.

Art. 1, point C is the one that regulate sport events:
sono sospesi altresì gli eventi e le competizioni sportive di ogni ordine e disciplina, svolti in ogni luogo, sia pubblico sia privato; resta comunque consentito, nei comuni diversi da quelli di cui all’allegato 1 al decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei ministri 1° marzo 2020, e successive modificazioni, lo svolgimento dei predetti eventi e competizioni, nonché delle sedute di allenamento degli atleti agonisti, all’interno di impianti sportivi utilizzati a porte chiuse, ovvero all’aperto senza la presenza di pubblico; in tutti tali casi, le associazioni e le società sportive, a mezzo del proprio personale medico, sono tenute ad effettuare i controlli idonei a contenere il rischio di diffusione del virus COVID-19 tra gli atleti, i tecnici, i dirigenti e tutti gli accompagnatori che vi partecipano. Lo sport di base e le attività motorie in genere, svolte all’aperto ovvero all’interno di palestre, piscine e centri sportivi di ogni tipo, sono ammessi esclusivamente a condizione che sia possibile consentire il rispetto della raccomandazione di cui all’allegato 1, lettera d);
 

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