Pro women get back to racing: 'It's all a bit weird and normal at the same time'

Mitchelton-Scott’s Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates victory at the 2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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On Thursday the women’s professional peloton descended on the Spanish city of Pamplona for their first UCI races since February. Riders were eager to get back to competition and test their legs ahead of next week’s Strade Bianche WorldTour race. However on day one, the Classica Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa, after much confusion as to whether the race would actually go ahead, saw only 11 teams actually take to the start line. The race organisers, following UCI protocol, prevented those who had not fulfilled a PCR COVID-19 test from racing. After hastily acquiring the correct testing on Thursday afternoon, the rejected teams, including local Continental team Bizkaia Durango, were able to take part in Friday’s Clasica Navarra.

Naturally, all eyes were on World Champion Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) who, before Thursday, had raced only once this year in her rainbow jersey, winning Omloop Het Neiuwsblaad back in February. 

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