WorldTour resumes at Strade Bianche – Preview

Julian Alaphillipe won the 2019 Strade Bianche
Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphillipe wins the 2019 Strade Bianche (Image credit: Getty Images)

Take two. In March, Strade Bianche was the first domino to fall. As the coronavirus epidemic gripped Italy, RCS Sport was forced to postpone the Tuscan race, with Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Giro d'Italia quickly following. Barely a week later, as COVID-19 continued to spread across Europe, the entire cycling season had been suspended and it seemed unlikely that racing would resume at all in 2020.

Even when the UCI published a revised calendar in May, it appeared an exercise in optimism, but, somehow, the international season restarted quietly at the Sibiu Tour last week and continues with the Vuelta a Burgos, which gets under way on Tuesday. The WorldTour calendar, meanwhile, kicks back into action in Tuscany on Saturday with the rescheduled Strade Bianche.

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