Lefevere concerned about an early return to racing in July

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Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere is concerned about an early return to road racing in July and the risks of COVID-19 coronavirus cases after seeing how a lack of social distancing and health procedures sparked a number of cases during Novak Djokovic's recent tennis tournament.

The men's WorldTour will return on August 1 with Strade Bianche but other minor races will be held sooner, with a kermesse backed by the Vermarc Sport clothing company planned for July 5. Vermarc Sport is the race clothing sponsor for Lefevere's team and riders from Deceuninck-QuickStep, Lotto Soudal and Alpecin-Fenix are among those expected to participate, though their precise line-ups have yet to be confirmed.

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