Colombia keeps flights grounded until August 31 and puts at risk Tour de France plans for riders
May 22 2020 07:40 am CET

Colombia keeps flights grounded until August 31 and puts at risk Tour de France plans for riders
Colombia keeps flights grounded until August 31 and puts at risk Tour de France plans for riders
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Colombian government has announced that national and international flights will remain suspended until the end of August, which would cause a problem for riders that have to be in Europe to restart the season.

The South American country has suspended all flights -except the humanitarian- since the mid-March with the objective of containing the spreading of the Covid-19. Colombia has also been in lockdown from the same date and that has helped to limit the virus in the nation -which has reported 17687 cases and 630 deaths.

The Colombian President Iván Duque has extended the lockdown until the 31st of May, but the main plan for the government is to open up slowly to keep the virus in check. Although the plan is to follow the steps of Argentina -which has decided to keep all flights suspended until September- Transport Minister Angela Maria Orozco left the door open to allow changes depending on the evolution of the coronavirus.

Considering that the Tour de France starts on the 29th of February and some riders would like to prepare for it in the Tour of Pologne (August 5-9) or the Criterium du Dauphine (August 12-16), this decision could be problematic unless they have the possibility of going by road to another or the neighbour countries and taking a flight from there.

At the moment, some important riders of the WorldTour peloton are in Colombia including the defending champion of the Tour de France Egan Bernal (Ineos) and his teammates Ivan Sosa, Sebastian Henao and Brandon Rivera, as well as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Sergio Higuita, Rigorberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Winner Anacona and Dayer and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), among others.
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