What happens if a rider catches COVID-19 during a race?

Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels wear face masks ahead of a recent Deceuninck-QuickStep training ride (Image credit: Getty Images)

With less than a month until the return to international racing, teams and their medical staff are still unsure about how some aspects of the UCI medical procedures can be correctly applied and are awaiting final information on what happens if a COVID-19 coronavirus case emerges during a race.

The UCI has published a 13-page document called the 're-opening of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic', created by UCI Medical Director Professor Xavier Bigard, team and rider representatives, and several team doctors. It includes information on pre-race risk assessments, the creation of team and peloton protective bubbles, pre-race testing for COVID-19, and social distancing. 

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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.