Effects of coronavirus on professional races

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The Victorian Hotel Quarantine debacle has nothing to do with my post - It is Australia who is costing itself financially by making it difficult to have international sporting events, while also disappointing the public and costing jobs/livelihoods - Yes the point about Aussie citizens and residents being stuck overseas, while the Embassies suggest to apply for crowd funding, sending people to shelters, applying for loans for excessive air fares etc.etc,etc is far from ideal - Anyway we need to hope there is a vaccine in 2021 or 2022 will be rinse and repeat.
International sporting events are a minuscule proportion of the potential economic impacts of Covid-19. Australia's economy has fared much better than America or Europe. Because Australia managed to keep the virus under control. We were not immune, many people have still died from Covid-19. But compared to America and Europe Australia did well. Australia proved restrictions can work as not only did we bring the virus under control after the initial surge in March but we did it again in the state of Victoria after they lost control of quarantine.

The reasons for Victoria's quarantine debacle are fairly well known even if the official inquiry drags on for political reasons. But as far as the TDU is concerned yes it is the 14 day compulsory quarantine which must be the crucial factor. As far as I know horses don't carry the virus and all people who came for the Melbourne cup would have done so well in advance to comply with the quarantine rules. This won't work for riders from Europe who would lose form quickly. Of course I agree wholeheartedly that a vaccine becomes available as soon as possible.
 
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Looks like Craig Tiley the CEO of Tennis Australia is slowly working through a quarantine plan for the Aussie Tennis Open, with the plan for players to arrive in Mid December - It will be interesting to see if all 200+ players will want to spend XMAS in a hotel - I am also interested if the Aussie/NZ players will have to join at the same time to provide an even playing field in terms of preparation.
 
We lost a stage in the Binckbank Tour. We lost Amstel. We lost Roubaix.

The penultimate hurt. The last one really stung.

But otherwise, I think we got more cycling this fall than anybody had thought possible.

Especially considering the countless posts of pessimism declaring that even though the current race might seem to actually get to the finish, the NEXT one is sure to be doomed.

It has been quite a ride. Hopefully we will get a decent show to finish it all off today even if the route planners of the Vuelta have done theirs to prevent that.
 
We lost a stage in the Binckbank Tour. We lost Amstel. We lost Roubaix.

The penultimate hurt. The last one really stung.

But otherwise, I think we got more cycling this fall than anybody had thought possible.

Especially considering the countless posts of pessimism declaring that even though the current race might seem to actually get to the finish, the NEXT one is sure to be doomed.

It has been quite a ride. Hopefully we will get a decent show to finish it all off today even if the route planners of the Vuelta have done theirs to prevent that.
Yep, agreed... It was going on my nerves how hyperbolic lot of media and fans here were about imminent cancelations of all the races, any day... Glad the organizers persisted and put on great and safe shows given the tough circumstances.
 
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2021 will be an interesting season - Expect most races to go ahead with a mainly 90% European calendar - I fear for the future of Continental teams as they will struggle to set out a suitable calendar.
I agree with this. I suspect the early European races will go ahead. I looks like Mallorca may be the first race of the season.

It may very well be a struggle for races off the European continent to take place. If we're lucky maybe the Canadian races take place if there is a vaccine sometime in the spring? If that happens the Canadian races may be late enough in the year to still take place.

The Continental teams are going to struggle to survive, esp in countries that don't have a bunch of races. I also wouldn't be surprised to see more contraction next year of teams.
 

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