French cycling federation calls for training outdoors to be permitted from May 11

The peloton pass by the sunflowers during stage 11
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The French Cycling Federation (FFC) has called for its members to be allowed to ride outdoors once again from May 11, the date on which France’s current period of lockdown restrictions are scheduled to expire. In a statement on Saturday, the federation also outlined its intention for competition in France to resume as soon as possible while respecting the social distancing measures in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a first sign of hope for our licence holders and for all cyclists, it is essential that the individual practice of cycling can be reintroduced from May 11,” read the FFC statement. “It would be unthinkable for the restrictions on the lone practice of cycling to be prolonged beyond this date, at a time when more and more voices, like that of the World Health Organisation, are being raised to highlight the benefits of cycling to public health.”

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