'The complete organisation for Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo is stuck in the UAE': Fears grow for March's Italian races

RCS, who organise both the UAE Tour and Strade Bianche, are supposed to return to Italy following the end of the Middle Eastern race on Saturday but find themselves quarantined inside their hotel

Ambulance at the scene at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Yas Island Abu Dhabi, where two Italian cyclists participating in the UAE Tour tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus disease, prompting the cancellation of the final stages of the cycling event (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

While the cycling world - including the 600 riders, team staff and members of the media currently in quarantine - wait for updates on the UAE Tour coronavirus outbreak, one team manager has highlighted the knock-on effect this situation could have on the upcoming calendar.

RCS, the Italian company who organise the UAE Tour, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan - San Remo, are currently on lockdown inside their hotel. They were originally expecting to return to Italy following the conclusion of the Middle Eastern stage race in time for Strade Bianche next week on Saturday March 7 but it is currently unclear when they will be allowed to leave the hotel, let alone the country.

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