Giro Rosa hits back at complaints about no live television coverage

Annemiek Van Vleuten in the Giro Rosa leader's jersey
Annemiek Van Vleuten in the Giro Rosa leader's jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)

The organisers of the Giro Rosa have hit back at complaints about the lack of live television coverage of this year’s race, claiming the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to sacrifice live coverage to ensure the race goes ahead.

Under UCI rules, all women’s WorldTour races must have 45 minutes of live television coverage to be part of the highest level of the sport. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a number of major race organisers to cancel their races in 2020 and the UCI has massively rescheduled the race calendar and ripped up parts of its rule book and added a strict COVID-19 protocol.   

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