Teams kept in ‘life bubbles’, multiple Covid tests and restricting fans – how the UCI plans to keep races coronavirus safe

The governing body has published the safety regulations for the return of racing

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With the return of pro racing just days away, the UCI has published a set of strict procedures that teams and race organisers must follow to minimise the risk of coronavirus spread.

A number of smaller races have already gone ahead in Poland, with the Sibiu Cycling Tour in Romania and the Vuelta a Burgos set to kick off this month, before WorldTour racing officially returns with Strade Bianche on August 1.

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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.