Movistar manager argues financial 'balancing mechanisms' crucial for sport's survival

Movistar Team Spanich manager Eusebio Unzue speaks during a press conference in Rionegro Antioquia department Colombia on February 11 2019 The Tour Colombia 21 cycling race will take place between the 12th and 17th of February Photo by JOAQUIN SARMIENTO AFP Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTOAFP via Getty Images
Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Longstanding Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué has warned that holding the WorldTour so late in the 2020 season means teams' long-term survival prospects into 2021 and beyond will impact more heavily than usual on their racing performances this year.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what remained of the season when the calendar ground to a halt in early March is now packed into a little over three months, and the last World Tour race of the year – the Vuelta a España – finishes on November 8th, a scant two months before road racing gets underway again in 2021.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.