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Cycling Weekly March 19, 2020

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Will the 2020 season be the shortest in history? I, like all of you, certainly hope not. What’s gripping the world right now is frightening to say the least, and seeing race after race cancelled through the end of last week and over the weekend left me in a sense of shock. And not just because by Friday we had all but finished our 14-page Classics preview for this week. If, like me, you love the Classics, I hope you’ll enjoy our round-up of some of the best one-day races in history. A few of us were arguing about what should be included late into Saturday night, over WhatsApp with a beer or two. Whatever happens over the coming weeks we will continue to bring you inspiring stories from the cycling world.…

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paris-nice finishes early as nations scale back events and close borders

The early finish to Paris-Nice on Saturday left riders scrambling for first flights home and at a loss as how to train. Following days of empty start and finish areas and enhanced hygiene protocols, the eight-day WorldTour stage race made the decision last Friday not to run the final stage. German rider Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the overall race winner. He held the yellow jersey from start to finish after winning the first stage and then underlining his dominance by coming second in the mid-race time trial. The final stage was won by a resurgent Nairo Quintana, who maintained the winning streak he seems to have found since moving to ProTeam Arkéa-Samsic. Fellow Arkéa rider and former GB national road champion Connor Swift, who helped protect the Colombian in France, described existing in…

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all racing off as coronavirus grips europe

It is unknown when top-tier bike racing will be able to recommence after the UCI called off all international racing until 3 April due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sports governing body found its hand forced as more and more races and teams cleared their schedules and eventually made the call on Sunday to axe nearly a month’s worth of racing. It said the suspension of classifications, such as WorldTour points, is intended to preserve “sporting equity for all athletes” and will be backdated to 3 March. Even before the UCI made its decision races had been falling like flies, sometimes as a result of organisers taking the decision, sometimes due to governments cracking down on large gatherings. The biggest so far has been the postponement of the Giro d’Italia which happened last…

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archibald: ‘i had a strop then i trained’

In the days leading up to the Manchester Six Day Katie Archibald, who was set to pair with fellow Olympic gold medallist Elinor Barker, had two messages saying the race was going ahead just the day before. “It gets to the morning of the race and we got a further confirmation saying ‘Don’t worry. It’s all going ahead’. I was actually moving house at the time, so I wasn’t glued to my phone. And then I was actually just putting the last load of stuff into the van and my boyfriend shouted down saying it’s been cancelled. And then I pulled a strop and lay on the floor for a while.” She said her first thought was whether she’d get to go to Brisbane for the Six Day finals – that too…

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allen out-rides the clock in ingleborough

In just his fourth season of cycling, Hayden Allen picked up his most iconic time trial win yet on Sunday, taking victory in the Circuit of Ingleborough in North Yorkshire. The former basketball player only got involved in the sport to prepare for a cycling trip across Europe with his university housemates. After completing the trip, Allen caught the cycling bug and won the British University Road Race title in 2018 on his way to gaining his first-category racing licence. The Leeds student was left disappointed last season after the Circuit of Ingleborough was cancelled due to snow and water on the course. However, he returned this year to clock a winning time of 1:03.12 around the 26.2-mile hilly circuit which completes a loop on the roads around one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The…

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british racing’s last hurrah ahead of coronavirus shutdown

The British racing calendar was still tentatively going last weekend even as events across the Continent were postponed or axed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Races were held up and down the country at the weekend including the Circuit of Ingleborough (see p10) in the Pennines and the Betty Pharoah memorial race in Glamorgan. But come Tuesday morning, following a change in government strategy that advised everyone to institute stricter and more wide-ranging social distancing measures, British Cycling closed down all sanctioned events until April 30. That means everything from top tier racing right down to a Wednesday night crit for cat 3/4s will no longer run for nearly two months, and possibly beyond. Cycling Time Trials had yet to make a public announcement at time of going to press but a…