Zika virus outbreak raises concerns for Rio Olympic cyclists

The outbreak of the virus has been labelled as an international public health emergency, with the Olympic Games road race and time trial only six months away

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The recent outbreak of the Zika virus concerns women's cycling, but the stars of the sport say they will not change their plans because of it ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this August.

Mostly contained to the Americas, the first European case surfaced in Spain yesterday after a pregnant woman travelled back from Colombia. The virus has been linked to babies being born with underdeveloped brains, or microcephaly.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.