Deceuninck-Quickstep: Tour de France riders will likely get priority when racing resumes

Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot
Julian Alaphilippe leading the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With all races cancelled well into May and plenty of uncertainty as to when racing will resume, professional riders have been given a rest week to dial back on their form in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclingnews spoke to Deceuninck-QuickStep's trainer Koen Pelgrim to see what his riders are doing during the pause in racing.

Deceuninck-QuickStep and the rest of the peloton had their first hint of the escalating pandemic at the UAE Tour on February 27 when the virus popped up in the race entourage. Pelgrim recalled the shock and stress of those first days when this new virus - SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, as the disease is called - first touched professional cycling.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Laura Weislo
Managing Editor

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.