Lefevere: "My nightmare is that races lead to infections"

The director of the Deceuninck-QuickStep warns that the same thing can happen to cycling as to tennis if precautions are not taken.


The gruesome Adria Tour orchestrated by Novak Djokovic, organized without any security measures to prevent COVID-19 infections, is a serious warning of the steps cycling should not follow for a safe return. However, despite the hygiene measures and safety protocols being extreme, authorized voices from the squad fear that the return to the competition will provoke a wave of new positives among teams and runners.

This is the case of Patrick Lefevere, Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager, who evaluated this possibility in his weekly column in the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. "My worst nightmare is that the July races, like tennis, lead to infections. I still want to believe that Novak Djokovic has organized his tournaments with good intentions, but without precaution it would end badly. Make it a lesson for all races of cycling that will start again in July. They (COVID-19 groups) are now shooting up like mushrooms, but I hope that enough attention is paid to prevention, "said the leader of the Belgian squad.

Attention to detail

Lefevere is particularly thorough with his riders, so they pay attention to the smallest detail and thus avoid bad news. That is why during the recent concentration that the squad held on Belgian lands, the team's honcho emphasized that the youngest be cautious.

"Our cyclists are also young people who have not seen each other for a long time, but at night after dinner they all went directly to their rooms. I have said it before: in races, attention to hygiene and the risk of contamination it's kind of second nature. By going to a collective camp the whole team can stay in the same bubble. That seems to me to be the safest and certainly the most transparent approach. We prefer to keep everyone together for now. tests regularly in the coming weeks, "confessed Lefevere.

There is little left for the season to roll out with the World Tour events, with the Strade Bianche as the starting gun (August 1). Being a benchmark race for a squad dominated by the classic addicts, the Belgian team will hold a final concentration in altitude in the Italian Dolomites (Passo San Pellegrino) from July 6 to 23. The countdown has started ...



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