CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON THE RACE CALENDAR

What is the potential impact on the race calendar due to the coronavirus outbreak across the globe? Some races in China have already been cancelled/postponed and at the Men's UAE Tour two stages have been obliterated after a couple of staff members tested positive for the virus.

For the men it is a big loss, especially if the cancellations of Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo are confirmed. For the women, however, the loss could be huge, especially as the sport is starting to really take notice with increased tv coverage and a broader World Tour.

Here is a breakdown of the races.


The Men's World Tour teams have a total of 96 races available at World Tour and Pro Series level. They include:


  • 36 World Tour

  • 56 Pro Series

  • 2 Olympics (Road Race and Time Trial)

  • 2 World Championships (Road Race and Time Trial)


The Women's Elite teams have a total of 35 race available at World Tour and Pro Series level. They include:


  • 21 World Tour

  • 10 Pro Series

  • 2 Olympics (Road Race and Time Trial)

  • 2 World Championships (Road Race and Time Trial)


At the moment no official cancellations have been announced apart from one for the men and one for the women, both in China (the Tour of Oman didn't take place due to the mourning of the death of their Sultan) but it is almost certain that the Italian races in March will be chopped.

For the men these would be:


  1. Strade Bianche

  2. GP Industria & Artigianato

  3. Tirreno-Adriatico

  4. Milano-Sanremo


While for the women:


  1. Strade Bianche

  2. Trofeo Alfredo Binda



So, out of the 96 available at the beginning of the year, the men would potentially lose 6 (2 already lost: Oman and Hainan). That's a...

6.2% loss


While for the women, out of the 35 available at the beginning of the year, the loss of 3 (Chongming Island already gone) would add up to...

8.6% loss


If we add the Giro d'Italia and, as rumoured, the Olympic Games in Japan, for both the potential change is:

9.4% loss for the men

17.1% loss for the women


However, it seems unlikely that Italy will be the only European country affected by the cancellations so the losses for the women's season are exponential given that their calendar is already about

1/3 of the men's.

But the situation continues to develop and changes for the better or the worse will ultimately shape the course of the year.




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