Hugging also banned: UCI urges riders to set example in fight against COVID-19

Davide Ballerini hugs Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Julian Alaphilippe after winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Deceuninck-QuickStep riders Julian Alaphilippe and Davide Ballerini hug after the Italian won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UCI has called on riders to stop hugging after winning races to set a good example to fans and spectators in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After the recent Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, winners Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) hugged their teammates and staff in celebration. By Tuesday's Le Samyn races, the Belgian Federation had already asked teams to avoid hugging post-race. 

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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.