CyclingPub says farewell to 2020 and welcomes 2021 with renewed optimism
Jan 01 2021 11:55 pm CET

CyclingPub says farewell to 2020 and welcomes 2021 with renewed optimism
CyclingPub says farewell to 2020 and welcomes 2021 with renewed optimism
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It's an understatement to say that 2020 was a terrible year that has left an imprint on our lives that will possibly last forever. And without underestimating the human side of it and the losses that we have suffered as society, this year also affected our sport in a deep way.

The cycling season started like any other year and the world was fascinated by Remco Evenepoel in Argentina and Tadej Pogacar in Spain, the excitement of two young talents showing themselves from the start of the season. But little by little, the world of the sport realised that it was not going to be a normal year at all.

The most direct confrontation with Covid-19 arriving to the peloton was the sudden cancellation of the UAE Tour, out of which the teams were put into quarantine and the later confirmation of the positive tests for Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze.

Days later, the health situation in the world forced the entire season to a halt, the seventh stage of Paris-Nice being the last day of racing for months. Races, riders and sponsors tried to make the best of this stop and the virtual races served the purpose of showing themselves and give some entertainment to people all over the world.

After assessments of the pandemic situation and considering the many possibilities, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the different stakeholders of professional road cycling came with a plan for the season to restart in September. The world witnessed a compacted calendar that had missing key races like Paris-Roubaix, and showed the familiar races in new settings, like the wintery sceneries that were visible in the Vuelta a España.

The year is over and although the world looks at 2021 with renewed optimism, there's still a way to go before situations once again resemble the normality of the past years. Despite suffering a big economical hit because of sponsors troubles; teams, riders and races are ready to start the season, although already competitions like the Tour Colombia have announced their cancellations for 2021.

So lets make this 2021 another year in which fans, media, teams, riders, sponsors and competitions continue collaborating to keep the sport alive despite the challenges that will continue coming this way, and let's cheer for a healthy year in which we can all meet again on the road.

By Mary Cárdenas



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