Italian rider lockdown extended until May 3

The Italian flag flies at the start of Milan-San Remo
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Italian professional and Olympic level riders will have to stay in lockdown and so will not be allowed to train on the open roads until at least May 3. However, the Italian racing season could be saved by holding the Giro d'Italia in October, according to Renato di Rocco, the president of the Italian Cycling Federation .

The Italian government imposed a national lockdown on March 9, and the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases and deaths has reached a plateau and is expected to fall off in the coming days. However, more than 18,000 people have died and medical experts have warned the country still has a long struggle ahead to reduce the dangers of the virus.

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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.