Understanding the rescheduled 2020 racing season – Preview

Cyclingnews will publish a separate preview of the rescheduled women's season later this week.

With some trepidation, a complex medical protocol to respect, but also a fight for survival and a desire to find a new normality during the COVID-19 pandemic, men's professional road racing returns in earnest this week.

Lesser races such as the Slovenian national championships, kermesses in Belgium, the Sibiu Tour in Romania and three one-day women's races in Spain have shown that racing can be held safely since lockdown descended on the sport in early March. Now, professional cycling will step up another level and makes a return to full speed, with 15 WorldTour teams riding the Vuelta a Burgos, starting in Spain from Tuesday. Team Ineos stars Chris Froome and Egan Bernal then make their return at the Route d'Occitanie in southwest France from Saturday, while Strade Bianche kicks off the WorldTour calendar on the same day.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.