Colombian riders to seek dispensation after COVID-19 ban puts travel to Tour de France in doubt

Tour Colombia 2020 - 3rd Edition - 5th stage Paipa - Zipaquira' 180.5 km - 13/02/2020 - Egan Bernal (COL - Team Ineos) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020
Egan Bernal in action at the 2020 Colombia 2.1 race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran and other Colombian riders' hopes of returning to Europe to ride the Tour de France depend on them securing special dispensation from the Colombian government after the South American country joined its neighbours in grounding all international passenger flights until August 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tour de France is due to start in Nice on August 29, with other WorldTour races returning starting with Strade Bianche in Italy on August 1. Colombian riders were expected to travel to Europe sometime in July after training at home since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. They were ready to serve some kind of quarantine and screening in Europe but now they must first secure permission to leave Colombia.

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