American riders scramble to return to Europe as possible EU travel ban looms

US road race champion Alex Howes (EF Pro Cycling)
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When the US President Donald Trump suddenly announced a ban on travel from Europe in March, American riders in Europe faced a difficult choice: stay put and be forced to ride out the frightening coronavirus pandemic away from family and friends for an undetermined amount of time, or get on the first flight out to the USA. 

Most riders chose the latter and now, with the US falling far behind Europe in controlling the spread of COVID-19, those riders are scrambling to get back to Europe before a decision next week on which nations will be on the EU welcome list when international travel reopens on July 1. Riders need to be in Europe for vital training camps and the return to racing. Strade Bianche kicks off the WorldTour on August 1, with the Tour de France scheduled for August 29-September 20.  

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