Anger in Vuelta a España peloton as cycling refuses to change Covid protocols: 'We need to stop testing'

Teams are still operating in strict bubbles but the race has already lost several of its major protagonists

Julian Alaphilippe at the 2022 Vuelta
(Image credit: Getty Images)

There is a lot of repressed frustration bubbling under the surface within cycling right now, fury that feels like it's about to let rip. 

It centres around Covid and cycling’s insistence to keep operating in a 2020-like bubble, to keep treating the virus as a major threat to active people’s health, and allowing it to destroy races and personal and team ambitions.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.