Coronavirus makes Giro d'Italia a race with no tomorrow

TORTORETO ITALY OCTOBER 13 Start Arnaud Demare of France and Groupama FDJ Purple Points Jersey Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Pink Leader Jersey Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal and Team EF Pro Cycling Blue Mountain Jersey Harm Vanhoucke of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal White Best Young Rider Jersey Lanciano Village during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 10 a 177km stage from Lanciano to Tortoreto girodiitalia Giro on October 13 2020 in Tortoreto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The Giro d'Italia classification jersey holders at the start of stage 10 in Lanciano (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The people of Lanciano had come out to see the Giro d'Italia visit their town, and if news of the spate of positive COVID-19 tests during the rest day was spreading along the Largo Berenga, it certainly wasn't dampening the festive air at the start of stage 10.

Familiar rituals abounded. A troupe of teenaged drummers in medieval dress stood at the roadside waiting for their cue to start performing, while casual observers and tifosi alike leaned across the barriers, craning their necks in anticipation of the first riders to sign on. Another day, another town for the Giro, but not a day like any other day for those working on the race.

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