The UCI has started an investigation on allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct at Doltchini-Van Eyck Sport after two riders, Maggie Coles-Lyster and Sara Youmans, came forward with descriptions of sexual assault by a team assistant in 2017 and inappropriate conduct by team director Marc Bracke in 2019.
Team INEOS's DS and former rider Nicolas Portal died of a heart attack at his home in Andorra. The 40-year-old was one of the most successful cycling masterminds of his generation. Tributes poured in from all corners of the cycling community.
Some riders and staff from the teams participating at the shortened UAE Tour were still in isolation in hotels in Abu Dhabi. More people tested positive from the entourage, two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian.
The ongoing battle between Velon and the UCI has been blamed for the cancellation in 2020 of the Hammer Series.
The Italian government banned all sports events unless indoors and with closed doors. RCS, the organisers for the Italian races, then decided to cancel/postpone Strade Bianche (men, women and granfondo), the stage race Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo. The races potentially could be rescheduled, but no dates have been added as yet. The women's race Trofeo Binda was postponed to 2nd June. Most of the top teams have already announced they are to stop racing until March 22nd, the day after Milano-Sanremo, this leaves a reduced field for Paris-Nice with teams like Astana, CCC Team, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar, Team INEOS and UAE Team Emirates already not participating.
This is the situation so far regarding cancellations and teams' withdrawals:
Strade Bianche: CANCELLED
Trofeo Alfredo Binda: CANCELLED
Giro di Sicilia: CANCELLED
GP Industria e Artigianato: CANCELLED
Settimana Coppi e Bartali: CANCELLED
Paris-Nice: Astana; CCC Team; Mitchelton-Scott; Movistar, Team INEOS, UAE Team Emirates
Ronde van Drenthe: Mitchelton-Scott; Movistar
Nokere Koerse: Mitchelton-Scott; Movistar; Team INEOS
Omloop van de Westhoek: Movistar
Bredene Koksijde Classic: Team INEOS
Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa Samsic) was disqualified on stage 1 by the Paris-Nice's race jury for drafting after being involved in a crash.
stage 1: Maximilian Schachmann (BORA - hansgrohe)
Tour de Taiwan (2.1)
stage 1: Eric Young (Elevate - Webiplex Pro Cycling)
stage 2: Ryan Cavanagh (St George Continental Cycling Team)
stage 3: Nicholas White (Team BridgeLane)
stage 4: Eric Young (Elevate - Webiplex Pro Cycling)
stage 5: Eric Young (Elevate - Webiplex Pro Cycling)
GC: Nicholas White (Team BridgeLane)
Points: Eric Young (Elevate - Webiplex Pro Cycling)
KOM: Marcus Culey (Team Sapura Cycling)
Teams: Memil Pro Cycling
Le Samyn des Dames (1.2)
Winner: Chantal van den Broek - Blaak (Boels - Dolmans)
Le Samyn (1.1)
Winner: Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Grote prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré (1.1)
Winner: Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick Step)
Trofej Umag - Umag Trophy (1.2)
Winner: Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visna Development Team)
GP de la Ville de Lillers Souvenir Bruno Comini (1.2)
Winner: Florian Vachon (Team Arkéa Samsic)
Dorpenomloop Rucphen (1.2)
Winner: David Dekker (SEG R%acing Academy)
Trofej Poreč (1.2)
Winner: Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma Development Team)
International Tour of Rhodes (2.2)
stage 1: Søren Wærenskjold (Joker Fuel of Norway)
stage 2: Erlend Blikra (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team)
stage 3: Søren Wærenskjold (Joker Fuel of Norway)
GC: Søren Wærenskjold (Joker Fuel of Norway)
Youth: Søren Wærenskjold (Joker Fuel of Norway)
KOM: Torstein Træen (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team)