For what seems like the billionth time in the last 12 months, the French air traffic controllers are on strike. With the ensuing ‘travel chaos’, several riders almost didn’t make it to the start of the Volta a Catalunya on time.
Some general classification leaders were held up in airports across Europe as delays hit many airlines as they tried to get their passengers to Barcelona.
Giant-Alpecin’s Tom Dumoulin was one of the riders who had a lengthy stay in the airport. Having recovered from the flu in time to race in Catalunya, he faced not even getting to the start line.