Uttrup Ludwig: Coronavirus puts things in perspective

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig started the 2020 season with great expectations. Having signed for a new team, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, ahead of the new year, she hoped to improve even further on her 2019 results. The 24-year-old was supposed to race in her new colours for the first time at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad but had to cancel her participation at short notice due to illness – and now, there are no cycling races for the foreseeable future.

However, Uttrup Ludwig is adamant not to get downbeat over the loss of a spring campaign she was looking forward to. When outdoors movement became severely restricted in Spain, she chose to travel back to Denmark.

“I’m living in Girona and have been there the last couple of weeks,” she recently told Cyclingnews. “But now you can’t go outside anymore except to the supermarket or the pharmacy, so I quickly decided to go home to Denmark. I arrived in Copenhagen Monday morning.

“In Spain, I had been looking at a minimum of two weeks’ indoors quarantine. At the moment, it is still possible to train outdoors in Denmark, though nobody knows how long that will last. Riding outside is what I like best, so it made sense to come home. And it is nice to be around my family. I’ll be seeing more of my parents and my little brother than I normally would.”

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.