Sibiu Cycling Tour signals return of high-level men's racing in new 'corona conditions'

Rudy Barbier (Israel Start-Up Nation) on the spectator-free prologue course of the 2020 Sibiu Cycling Tour
Rudy Barbier (Israel Start-Up Nation) on the spectator-free prologue course of the 2020 Sibiu Cycling Tour (Image credit: Focus Photo Agency)

In previous years, the Sibiu Cycling Tour was always overshadowed by the Tour de France and other races like the Tour of Austria or the Tour of Qinghai Lake happening concurrently. But this year, everything is different: all those races either postponed or cancelled their 2020 editions, giving the Romanian stage race the prestige of being the first UCI 2.1-ranked event to take place since racing was stopped in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That status, as well as the participation of WorldTour teams Bora-Hansgrohe and Israel Start-Up Nation, has brought much attention to the race, with the Transylvanian city of Sibiu being transformed into the centre of the cycling world for a few days this July.

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