UCI bans celebration hugs in order to send the right coronavirus message to fans

The medical boss of cycling's governing body says while the risk of contagion is low, it's important to show people physical contact has to minimised 'if we want to stop the virus'

Davide Ballerini celebrates with Julian Alaphilippe after winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021 (Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

The UCI has asked riders to not hug their team-mates when celebrating after a race, as the peloton begins to ride through the coronavirus pandemic for a second season.

As well as various safety protocols being introduced this year, including changes to barrier placement, litter disposal, and banning certain bike positions, the UCI has also forbidden riders from embracing their team-mates after the finish line.

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