Giro d'Italia to enforce spectator social distancing with sound emitting wristbands

Richard Carapaz in the maglia rosa at the 2019 Giro d'Italia
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The Giro d'Italia plans to oblige stage finish spectators to wear wristbands that emit a sound when social distancing is breached as part of a series of measures and protocols to secure the go-ahead for the three-week Grand Tour from the Italian government.  

The Giro d'Italia is traditionally held in May but the COVID-19 pandemic forced organiser RCS Sport to postpone the race until October, after the Tour de France. The race will start from Sicily instead of Hungary on October 3 and follow much of the original route with new stages in Palermo, Basilicata and Abruzzo replacing those scheduled for Hungary. The Giro d'Italia will end in Milan, one of the regions hardest hit regions by COVID-19 on Sunday October 25.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.