A fresh start in the Vuelta a Burgos for men's professional cycling?

João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished second behind Felix Großschartner on stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos
João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

There may be doubts, mixed messages and downright contradictions from the authorities and politicians about this particular question in the UK, the US and elsewhere right now - but in Spain, when it came to spectating for the first major men's road-race held under COVID-19 conditions on Tuesday at Vuelta a Burgos nobody could claim they hadn't been told what they could or couldn't do.

"Señora, you can't go in there without your mask on your face, not your arm," one local policewoman patrolling the start area of the Vuelta a Burgos stage 1, politely but firmly admonished a middle-aged woman who had attempted, in vain, to sneak past her to reach the crowds of spectators inside, with said article dangling from her wrist. 

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