Effects of coronavirus on professional races

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It could be a very short late season if this continues. People are already seeing the virus is a thing of the past. In my country, the nightclubs and bars have re-opened which is ridiculous.

Enjoy every meter of Strade Bianche.
Watching Strade this morning, I saw a few idiots running too close to riders, but was impressed with most fans staying back a respectful distance. Heading up the climb to the top, I noted one one person start to move right on front of (I think it was Van Aert) to get a close-up photo, but before he got too close, another person who looked like just another fan, grabbed his arm and led him back away from the riders path. I was impressed.
 
Here is the thing. For the virus to spread succesfuly you either need a close contact that lasts more than just a couple of seconds or a closed space where air is not flowing like outside. So the chances of a spectator standing (or running) by the course geting a cyclist infected are very very small (unless someone caughed directly into a riders face). I agree that they should close the start and finish areas for massive crowds. Small amount of people shouldn't be a problem. A lot of tourist destnations (beaches etc.) have been filling up for two months now and I don't see why 200 spectators of a race would be more likely to spread the virus than 2000 people on the beach... so as long as the keep the riders in their "bubbles" racing should go forward. Because it is inevitable that the amount of cases will go up. The decrease in May-June was due to the total lockdown in March-April. But I think a lot of countries realised that repeating that scenario would be utopical and far more harmful than the virus itself. So I think that even if the number of cases rises again (in a controled fashion ofcourse), they shouldn't just stop everything again. They have protocols in place and I believe that it is enough to keep the racing going.
 
So the chances of a spectator standing (or running) by the course geting a cyclist infected are very very small (unless someone caughed directly into a riders face). A lot of tourist destnations (beaches etc.) have been filling up for two months now and I don't see why 200 spectators of a race would be more likely to spread the virus than 2000 people on the beach... so as long as the keep the riders in their "bubbles" racing should go forward.
The chance of spectators infecting a rider might not be so big, but the chance of spectators infecting each other is very big.
 
Silly argument - Spectators who are the community can infect each other every day Doubt a cycling race with limited spectators will cause a rash of infections.
Let’s hope that race crowds do remain limited, as it looked at Strade Bianche. But the short video clip of the Tour d ‘Ain stage 1 finish looked like a typical finish line crowd. Even if the odds of outdoor transmission are very low, standing shoulder to shoulder ( and people leaning over your shoulder) for an hour or more along finish line barricades would seem to up the odds a bit. Unless it turns out outdoor transmission isn’t possible at all.
 
The virus is highly infectious but if just by standing next to an infected person, one would get it , the cases would be incredibly higher. First the virus has to come out of the body in sufficient quantities through either coughing, sneezing or (loud) talking/screaming which is an occasional event. As long as social distancing & face protection(mask Shield) is used, i believe everybody can be safe and the virus can be eliminated.
 

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