I'm very curious how things are going to proceed now that the rubicon has been crossed and things have started to be cancelled. Like, when do things get started again? If the shutdown is to ostensibly slow the spread and contain, then yeah, by that logic it would be wildly irresponsible to start having large gatherings again while the vast majority of the population has been successfully shielded from the virus. But at the same time, I could see a realistic scenario after a few weeks once people have caught their breath, the unknown factor has died down a bit, and everyone realizes how much it sucks that nothing is happening and the global economy is staggering, that things cautiously start up again. If I had to guess I'd say there's a better than 50% chance the Giro happens on schedule, but possibly with attempted restrictions like the ones they're trying at Paris-Nice right now (which will seem like mild restrictions after what's being put in place in Italy right now for the next month) or some stages in highly infected areas avoided/moved. Or maybe 45% chance it - and most of the cycling season - just gets bumped back and the season goes through October. 5% chance it gets cancelled outright... I just have a hard time seeing a scenario where it doesn't happen eventually.
At least Italy has a clear path and task ahead. Things are moving quickly and uncertainly elsewhere - infections in France are past the numbers they were when Italy started cancelling things, so I dunno if Paris-Nice makes it until Sunday. The classics? Phew, that's a real question. It's a funny conundrum that people are going to be encouraged to stay home but the events that they would watch and talk about at home are also being cancelled... I think ideally there'd be sports to watch at home with no crowds live, but I guess that is somewhat logistically challenging. But also important for morale and a sense of normalcy, so that would be the most sensible way forward in my mind.