Parkhotel Valkenburg announce they are skipping Strade Bianche and Trofeo Binda

EF Pro Cycling have asked to pull out of Italian races because of coronavirus

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Parkhotel Valkenburg have announced they will not be racing Strade Bianche or Trofeo Binda because of concerns over coronavirus.

The upcoming Italian races have faced uncertainty because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in the north of the country, with 11 towns currently locked down by authorities to contain the spread.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.