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Coronavirus: Riders in lockdown get creative with entertainment and training

John Degenkolb
John Degenkolb (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic forcing races to be postponed, and governments around Europe having to mandate isolation and social distancing measures in response, teams and riders everywhere have been finding alternative methods to cope.

While many have naturally turned to their turbo trainers for indoor workouts, others have taken the opportunity to get in some time outdoors before full lockdown measures like those currently underway in Italy, France and Spain are put into place.

Take a look below for a selection of how riders from around the peloton are handling the situation.

John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) has been out on quiet paths near his home, heading out for a ride with his famliy.

Christopher Juul-Jensen

Mitchelton-Scott's Christopher Juul-Jensen has been preparing for his team's 'Where the world rides' Zwift ride series in a number of... interesting ways.

Elia Viviani

Cofidis' star sprinter Elia Viviani has hit the gym. The Italian is based in Verona, with the country in full lockdown at the moment.

Louis Meintjes

Louis Meintjes, climber for Dimension Data, has been using his time for a spot of self-improvement. First up, baking.

Alberto Contador

Ex-pro and multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador has been hosting training rides on Instagram and also preparing for the end of Spain's lockdown, whenever that may be. The country has banned cyclists from going out on rides.

Egan Bernal & Andrey Amador

Reigning Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has been training at home, accompanied by some interesting musical choices and a great view. His new Ineos teammate Andrey Amador has been doing the same.

Desde casa cumpliendo nuestro deber !!!!!y las consecuencias de ello !!!.... Andrey Amador

A photo posted by @andrey_amador on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:58am PDT

Stefano Oldani & Thomas De Gendt

Milan-based Stefano Oldani, a neo-pro for Lotto Soudal, has been working out at home. His teammate Thomas De Gendt, who was on the attack on the final stage of Paris-Nice at the weekend, has gone into lockdown.

Michael Valgren

Dimension Data man Michael Valgren is in a "kind of" lockdown in the south of France, though he was still out training this morning. That won't last long, however, with the French government introducing a total two-week lockdown from midday.

Colin Joyce & Jono Coulter

Meanwhile, over in the US, Rally Cycling's Colin Joyce and Aevolo DS Jono Coulter have been coping in very different ways...