The peloton crosses its fingers to save the season

The race cancellations planned for this first stage of competition have affected the runners, who will have to wait to be able to compete again.

The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic that is hitting Europe in recent weeks has fully affected the cycling world, which sees how some of the most outstanding events of each season start have been postponed due to the pandemic.

Some postponements that have once again sowed doubt in the peloton about how the 2021 cycling season will develop despite the fact that many teams have already held their preseason concentrations in areas of Spain such as Alicante or Almería while races such as the Vuelta a San Juan, Challenge de Mallorca, the Vuelta a Murcia, the Vuelta a Andalucía or the Volta ao Algarve fell off the calendar on their scheduled dates.

In statements collected by the VeloNews portal Caleb Ewan expressed his doubts about the current situation. "I hope that the season can run normally. Now the situation is complicated in Europe. We have to prepare as if the races were going ahead. I don't think too much about postponing these first races because nobody knows what will happen."

Cycling was one of the sports that was best able to adapt in the return to competition after the stoppage due to the pandemic and the bubbles of the Tour, the Giro (although with some controversial episodes) and La Vuelta (no positive for coronavirus in the entire career) functioned quite effectively, helping the teams save the season and stay in the peloton with the exception of CCC (their place will be filled by Intermarché Wanty-Gobert) .

Alexander Kristoff of the UAE-Emirates hopes the situation will improve as the lack of races could affect the peloton fully. "We don't know what will happen and we have to be prepared for everything. Last year we started normally and then everything stopped. It can happen this year. I hope that at least the big races can be held and that will be important for cycling to survive. It's our job and if we can't run, the sponsors will leave and it will be a difficult situation for everyone.

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