Sibiu Tour riders are banned from the Bianche Strade race, Milano-Sanremo by Italy’s decision about COVID-19 – VeloNews.com | Instant News


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Motorists who competed on the Sibiu Cycling Tour last week in Romania will be banned from racing next year Bianche Strade or Milano-Sanremo WorldTour race.

The exception comes from a decision on public safety made by the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, last weekend. According to the decree, people who have visited Romania or Bulgaria must submit quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Italy to curb the spread corona virus COVID-19.

News first reported by the Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport.

“This step is already in force for non-EU and non-Schengen countries. The virus is not defeated and continues to circulate. Carefulness is still very much needed, “Speranza wrote on Twitter.

The decision came after Romania and Bulgaria saw a surge in COVID-19 cases in the weeks before the race. The surge in the case convinced the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team of Mathieu van der Poel to skip the event completely.

That decision meant August 11 was the earliest that Sibiu riders could return to competition in Italy, effectively eliminating them from four races: Strade Bianche (August 1), Gran Trittico Lombardo (August 3), Milano-Torino (August 5), and Milano-Sanremo (8 August).

The four-day Sibiu tour ended on Sunday, and the race was dominated by Bora-Hansgrohe, with Gregor Mülberger winning overall in front of teammate Patrick Konrad. The Israel Start-Up Nation is another WorldTour team in attendance, and the driver, Matteo Badilatti, is third overall.

Three teams participating in the Sibiu Tour are scheduled to participate in the Bianche Strade on Saturday: Bora-Hansgrohe, Israel Start-Up Nation, and Italian Pro-Continental team squad Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.

That means there is no Bianche Strade for Bora-Hansgrohe Konrad, Mülberger, Andreas Schillinger, Michael Schwartzmann, Pascal Ackermann, and Selic Rüdiger riders, or for Start-Up Nation Matthias Brändle, Rudy Barbier, Badilatti, Mihkel Räim, Guy Sagiv, and Selic Rüdiger, or for Nation Start-Up Nation drivers Matthias Brändle, Rudy Barbier, Badilatti, Mihkel Räim, Guy Sagiv, and Selic Rüdiger or Daniel Turek.

The Bardiani racers affected were Luca Covili, Nicolas Dalla Valle, Filippo Fiorelli, Iuri Filosi, and Matteo Pelucchi.

For Milano-Sanremo, the Italian team Vini Zabù-KTM was also influenced by the decision.



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