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Race organizer RCS Sport has decided to postpone both the men’s and women’s Strade Bianche events, which were set to take place on Saturday. The decision comes in the wake of a government decree in Italy that put serious limits on public events in the face of coronavirus concerns.
Over the course of the week, numerous teams have announced their intention to skip the race even if it were held. Several team doctors also wrote a letter to organizers and the UCI expressing their frustration with the lack of direction on the subject and requesting that races be called off.
The RCS said earlier this week that it was still planning to hold its scheduled races for this month, but was monitoring the situation and the government response to growing coronavirus concerns. As of Thursday there are over 3,000 confirmed cases in Italy.
Two days out, Strade Bianche has officially been postponed, with RCS stating in its announcement that it “will request the UCI, via the Italian Cycling Federation, to allocate a new date on the international cycling calendar for Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite.”
It remains to be seen if and when a rescheduled event might occur.
The RCS statement did not include details on how the organization plans to proceed with other upcoming events; the status of Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo remains up in the air.