Riders hoping early-season European races can survive COVID-19 pandemic

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 - 71st Edition - 5th stage Paterna - Valencia 97,7 km - 09/02/2020 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE - Team Emirates) - Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR - Team Ineos) - Jack Haig (AUS - Mitchelton - Scott) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020
Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) won the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 2021 European road race season started quietly last Sunday with the Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana but will click up a gear with the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise this weekend and then begin in earnest next week with the Etoile de Bessèges in France and the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain.

Despite new waves of COVID-19 infections across Europe and a number of other races being cancelled or postponed, road racing is finally back after the winter and the first stage races of the season have attracted WorldTour-level fields. 

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