Australian riders set for European winter as COVID-19 restrictions hit home

MACCLESFIELD AUSTRALIA JANUARY 16 Kangaroo Signal Peloton Landscape during the 6th Santos Womens Tour Down Under 2020 Stage 1 a 1163km Stage from Hahndorf to Macclesfield tourdownunder UCIWT TDU on January 16 2020 in Macclesfield Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The Australian summer landscape, pictured in the Women's Tour Down Under in 2020, may be missing for many Australian professional riders this year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Australian riders based in Europe face the difficult decision over whether to return home to a southern hemisphere summer or base themselves in Europe over the off-season, with legitimate concerns over COVID-19 travel restrictions, cancelled races, quarantine, and costs.

Riders typically head back during the European winter and combine training with visiting family and the start of the Australian racing season but with events such as the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans races all postponed and with the Australian government at this point still enforcing similar – if not stricter – travel restrictions than twelve months ago, riders are considering remaining in Europe. That’s the case for Trek-Segafredo’s Chloe Hosking, who hasn’t missed an Australian summer since turning professional.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.