The first race to take place in Belgium post-COVID-19 ended in tragedy as young rider Niels De Vriendt (VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT) died while racing. The 20-year-old suffered cardiac failure and crashed. A long attempt at reviving him wasn't successful and the race was halted 13 km from the end.

Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) suffered some injuries when he was hit by a car while training in Colombia. There were no fractures but he will need a couple of weeks of rest before resuming training.

Chris Froome is leaving Team INEOS after 10 years. As his current team would not guarantee sole leadership for the Tour, the 35-year-old British rider signed a lengthy contract with Israel Start-Up Nation. The choice of team raised a few eyebrows as only a handful of riders in the current line-up have raced the Tour, let alone help to challenge for the win. Therefore, it's expected the move will spark a shopping spree, possibly including a few riders (and/or staff) from INEOS. Froome is back after horrific injuries at last year's Dauphiné and he's an unknown in terms of where he is with form and ability to challenge again for a Grand Tour. Ultimately that was one of the reasons that David Brailsford (INEOS chief) had for not renewing Froome's contract, along with already having plenty of young talent for Grand Tours, like Bernal and Carapaz.

The European Championships 2020 will be contested in Plouay, France, from 24.08 to 28.08, the day before the start of the Tour de France.

After a few clusters of infections hit China, the Tour of Qinghai Lake has been cancelled.

The first races in the calendar, per category, so far are:


  • 11.07 Grand Prix Erciyes (1.2)

  • 23.07-26.07 Sibiu Cycling Tour (2.1)

  • 28-07-01.08 Vuelta a Burgos (2.Pro)

  • 01.08 Strade Bianche (1.UWT)


  • 11.07 Grand Prix Erciyes (1.2)

  • 22.07 Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa (1.1)

  • 01.08 Strade Bianche (1.WWT)

  • 18.08 Giro dell'Emilia (1.Pro)



National Championships Switzerland - ITT (NC)

Winner: Marlen Reusser (Paule Ka, formerly Bigla-Katusha)


National Championships Slovenia - ITT (NC)

Winner: Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)

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