Cycling's back and it feels safe - It should continue unabated

Comment: Chris Marshall-Bell is attending and reporting from La Vuelta a Burgos in Spain this week – cycling’s first big race since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

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Cycling is back and in many ways, it’s really no different than before.

The routines of the day are exactly the same: the team buses arrive; riders prepare inside and a few speak to journalists; they gently ride to the team presentation past camera-snappy fans where maybe one or two speak at the team presentation; they return to the bus one last time and then head to the start line and race; after racing, it’s back to the bus, maybe a few words to the press, and then back to the hotel. Day done. Almost exactly like before.

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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.