Bicycle racing is back in Germany at the weekend, with a number of steps to reduce the risk of corona virus transmission, including the start grid.
Sachsenring-Radrennen, held at the Sachsenring motor racing circuit which hosted the German national championship last year, celebrated its 72nd edition on Sunday.
A number of anti-COVID-19 measures have been implemented, with the field limited to 50 racers from the Continental team and young drivers from the national team.
Drivers collect their race numbers from pigeon pits, while entry is carried out behind the scenes by staff wearing masks. Towards the race, shoes and bicycles were cleaned with disinfectant wipes.
Motorists then head to the circuit to start the ‘social distance’ grid, where they are positioned at least two meters apart using signs set for motor cars.
However, as soon as the start is given, the driver departs and forms a platoon.
That is reminiscent of the Tour de France grid starting from 2018, although it was designed to increase spectacle rather than health measures.
Tobias Nolde won the 122 kilometer race, crossing the line with his teammate at P&S Metalltechnik, Immanuel Stark. Nolde had broken in the last hour, while Stark marked a counterattack before making his way across and surrendering his team mate to victory.
Stefan Brandlmeier (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang) takes the place of the final podium.
The UCI calendar returns in July, with Sibiu Tour in Romania from July 2-5 marking the return. WorldTour racing continues with the Bianche Strade on August 1.
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