The spread of coronavirus has caused a lot of upheaval in the pro cycling world, with races being cancelled and postponed, while teams have been opting not to compete.
With the cancelation of Strade Bianche and question marks hanging over a number of upcoming races, the coronavirus situation is ever evolving.
Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo were then also postponed.
To help you keep up to date with the currently situation, we have put together a list of who is and isn’t racing where for the rest of March.
Upcoming major races
Strade Bianche men’s and women’s, March 7 - Cancelled
Paris-Nice, March 8-15
Tirreno-Adriatico, March 11-7 - Postponed
Nokere Koerse men’s and women’s, March 18
Bredene Koksijde Classic, March 20
Milan-San Remo, March 21 - Postponed
Trofeo Alfredo Binda women’s, March 22 - Postponed until June 2
Volta a Catalunya, March 23-29
E3 BinckBank Classic, March 27
Ghent Wevelgem men’s and women’s, March 29
Teams not racing
Team Ineos - After the sudden and tragic loss of their sports director Nicolas Portal, British WorldTour squad Ineos have announced they will not be racing again until the Volta a Catalunya on March 23. They will miss Paris-Nice, Nokere Koerse, and the Bredene Koksijde Classics.
Jumbo-Visma - Were the first men's team to pull out of the Italian races, then announced on Friday (March 6) that they were withdrawing from Paris-Nice on medical advice from their doctors.
Movistar - Spanish outfit Movistar have announced they will halt all racing activities for the both the men's and women's programs through to Sunday, March 22.
They will miss Paris-Nice, Ronde van Drenthe, Nokere Koerse, and the Omloop van de Westhoek.
CCC Team - Greg Van Avermaet's team have pulled out of Paris-Nice. Team president Jim Ochowicz: "It was not a simple decision to withdraw from Paris-Nice, or Tirreno-Adriatico, which we expect to be officially cancelled in the wake of the cancellation of Strade Bianche. We are acting in the best interests of our riders and staff, and taking responsibly to reduce the risk of transmission at these stage races."
Astana - Team boss Alexander Vinokourov has announced his squad will miss Paris-Nice.
Mitchelton-Scott - Australian WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott have announced both their men’s and women’s teams will be missing a number of races – Paris-Nice, Nokere Koerse, and the Bredene Koksijde Classics.
UAE Team Emirates - Will miss Paris-Nice.
Teams who will race
Bora-Hansgrohe - Will line up at Paris-Nice and Grote prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré. The team said: “We trust the health authorities of the individual countries and will act according to their guidelines. Thus, we assume there is no elevated risk for our riders or staff competing in the upcoming races. We are evaluating this changeable situation as it progresses.”
Lotto-Soudal - Team manager John Lelangue has said his team intend to start in all the Italian and French races that go ahead.
Israel Start-Up Nation - The team plan to race all of their currently scheduled events.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. 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.
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