Movistar urged whole Israel Start-Up Nation squad to pull out of Vuelta a Burgos

Alejandro Valverde on the start line of the Vuelta a Burgos (Image credit: Getty Images)

The fraught nature of racing in a pandemic was laid bare on the opening day of the Vuelta a Burgos – the first major international men's race since March – as opinions were split in the peloton over Israel Start-Up Nation's decision to remove two riders due to coronavirus concerns.

While Deceuninck-QuickStep's Yves Lampaert was among those to praise the team for what he saw as clear and decisive action, others felt the team did not go far enough. 

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